Democrats are dead wrong when they accuse Republican lawmakers of pushing a House probe of Benghazi in a bid to torpedo former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's presidential chances, according to U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee.
"It is so unfortunate that what they're trying to do is hide behind the Hillary skirt tails, if you will, and say that we don't need to get to the bottom of it because it's aimed at one person," Blackburn told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"I have a major military post in my district, Fort Campbell. Those men and women … want to get to the bottom of this because never has our nation left people behind when they are out there performing their duty."
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Blackburn dismissed the call by U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff of California, a Democrat, for his party to boycott a Republican vote to create a select House committee to probe an alleged cover-up of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in which four Americans died.
Schiff called the proposed investigation "a colossal waste of time" that makes no sense for Democrats to participate in.
"I find that very sad that Adam Schiff or any of my colleagues across the aisle would not want there to be a full vetting of information that has been kept from Congress,'' said Blackburn, vice chairwoman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
"We are charged constitutionally to oversee this government and to not want to fulfill that obligation . . . Can you even imagine what would have happened if during Watergate Republicans had said, let's sweep it away? …
"It was … a Republican that went to the president [Richard Nixon] and said, Mr. President, you need to step down."
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One of the key questions the House must ask is if a willful cover-up of the true facts of Benghazi was staged for political advantage.
Emails uncovered last week revealed that the White House prepped then U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice to blame an anti-Islamic video on the Benghazi bloodbath — an explanation that was later discredited.
"People want to know the truth. People are tired of this administration saying one thing, doing anything, trying to say one thing and then say, oh don't bother, what difference does it make?" Blackburn said, referring to Clinton's infamous quip about Benghazi.
She said she expects witnesses called before the committee to attempt to stonewall, but doubts it will work.
"The angst and the frustration of the American people coupled with a very thoughtful approach to the investigation will demand that they come forward and tell the truth,'' she said.
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