Rep. Cole: GOP Members on Benghazi Panel Must Be Fair to Hillary

Friday, 09 May 2014 05:54 PM

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Republicans on the House select committee investigating the Benghazi attack must strive to be courteous and objective when quizzing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, said Rep. Tom Cole.

"They need to be particularly fair,'' the Oklahoma Republican told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"With all due respect to the U.S. Senate, I don’t think they did a very good job of asking questions when she was there last time."

Story continues below video.



Clinton is expected to be subpoenaed by the newly formed committee headed by Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina.

The panel has been roundly dismissed by many Democratic lawmakers as a ploy to hurt Clinton's presidential chances.

Not only must Clinton be handled carefully, but the hearing, which will delve into the tragic deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans — and a possible cover-up by the White House — must be held without histrionics, Cole believes.

"There’s a special burden on the Republicans ... If this becomes what appears to be a kangaroo court then that will backfire and will hurt us if it looks like we’re trying to exploit a national tragedy instead of getting to the bottom of it," he said.

"I would try to avoid looking like I was trying to impact [the] 2014 [elections], and honestly I would hope it doesn’t drag into 2016 too long.

"It needs to be professional, but needs to be careful not to overreach, [so that] any undecided, fair-minded person looking at it would say this was well done, this was appropriate, we learned some things we didn’t know."

He said the less participating lawmakers say when asking questions, the better.

"Don’t give a lot of histrionic speeches that lead into a question and eat up the clock. Just sit there and ask … straight, direct questions to whoever you bring in," Cole said.


See "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV each weekday live by clicking here now.



© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

'Meet The Press' Sinks to Third Place in Ratings War

Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 17:51 PM

Chuck Todd's highly successful premier on NBC "Meet the Press" with President Barack Obama as the featured guest garnere . . .

Why Do American Jihadis Fight?

Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 09:02 AM

A look at four Americans who became jihadis, and what motivated them to fight:Moner Mohammad Abusalha, who liked to cudd . . .

Florida State Suspends Winston for Entire Game

Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 07:36 AM

Top-ranked Florida State will face Clemson without Jameis Winston - for the entire game and not just the first half.Flor . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved