Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, a Republican member of the House Select Committee that will investigate the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, says the GOP hopes Democrats take part in the process.
"We're certainly hoping that they will participate," the Georgia Republican told J.D. Hayworth and John Bachman on "America's Forum" on Newmax TV. "With the speaker putting five on the select committee has been more than fair, and what the minority's asking for is not fair and it will just stall and not promote this committee to get to the truth."
Westmoreland is one of seven Republicans chosen by
House Speaker John Boehner to serve on the select committee. Democrats have threatened not to participate unless certain demands are met. They have asked for travel privileges related to the investigation, to be able to sign off on subpoenas, an equal split in membership, equal access to documents, and the right to question witnesses.
"What Ms. Pelosi is trying to do is put rules and limitations on what the majority can do, they want the ability to nix somebody that we want to subpoena or delay the process, and I just do not believe the speaker is going to give into that, and so therefore they may use that as an excuse not to participate," Westmoreland explained Monday.
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Negotiations are still under way between Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Westmoreland says the committee is something the Democrats should care about if they care about getting to the truth.
"Chairman [Trey] Gowdy has said so many times, we want the truth and the facts are the facts and that's what we're going to find out," the Georgia Republican said. "We're going to present those, and that's what these four families that had loved ones murdered and the rest of the Americans expect."
Westmoreland said that the seven Democrats that voted with Republicans to establish the committee could be options for the Democrats to serve on the panel, but that they are all in "competitive districts for the November election, and you know it's hard to say if their leadership does not want them to serve."
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