The Democrats' talk about avoiding the House select committee on the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, has helped them by getting the conversation off of the actual issue, former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Peter Hoekstra says.
"The Democrats are achieving at least part of their objective, which is to divert attention from the real issue, which is what happened in Benghazi," Hoekstra told J.D. Hayworth on "American's Forum" on Newsmax TV.
"Trey Gowdy and the Republicans on the committee, they should just forget about how many Democrats are on the other side, and they ought to just be talking about Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi — what happened, and what is this administration trying to hide?" Hoekstra added.
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Even if House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi does not name any Democrats to the Benghazi committee, he said, House Speaker John Boehner "may have the latitude to invite or name" Democrats himself.
"What he would do is invite additional Democrats to join, and if they indicated that they were willing to do it, he could appoint them to the committee. Absolutely," he explained.
"Under the language of the resolution that was passed, he has that opportunity. The people writing the resolution envisioned the possibility that Nancy Pelosi might not name Democrats to the committee," Hoekstra said.
He added that the Democrats who voted for the committee might be willing to be on it because "they want to be independent of Pelosi and Obama."
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