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Tom DeLay: Benghazi Panel Should Keep Investigating Despite Hillary's Testimony

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By    |   Friday, 23 Oct 2015 08:05 PM

Hillary Clinton's hearing before the House special committee on the 2012 Benghazi attacks was "not definitive" — and the panel should continue its investigation, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay told Newsmax TV on Friday.

"This hearing is not definitive," DeLay, the Texas Republican who served in the position from 2003 to 2005, told "Newsmax Prime" host J.D. Hayworth. "This was just getting Hillary Clinton on the record.

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"It's not a reality show, it's not a performance," he continued. "It is an investigation trying to get to the roots of what went on in Benghazi — and, of course, the media's not reporting it as that.

"I learned a lot of stuff during that 11 hours of hearings," DeLay continued. "I learned that Hillary Clinton completely ignored what was going on in Benghazi. In fact, they lowered the security in Benghazi when there were 600 emails from Chris Stevens begging for more security.

"Hillary Clinton completely ignored that" during the attacks, he said. "She even went home — and we still don't know where Obama is.

"But the most important part of this is who made the decision not to go in and try to rescue our people or at least find out who did it and kill them?" DeLay added. "We're going to eventually end up into the White House on all this."

Regarding the race for Speaker of the House, DeLay told Hayworth that Republicans should not accept the demands of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, who said Thursday that he would become a candidate for the position.

Ryan's conditions included changing a House rule that allows a single lawmaker to force a vote on ousting the speaker at any time. Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus had threatened to use the arcane procedure against John Boehner before he abruptly resigned as speaker last month.

The Freedom Caucus did not accept that condition, however in its meeting with Ryan on Wednesday. The issue remains unresolved.

"A demand to change the rules so that if you get an ineffective leader or a leader that you don't want to lead anymore, you can't offer a motion to vacate the chair is outrageous," DeLay, who served eight years as Majority Whip, told Hayworth. "The members shouldn't accept that.

"They'll have to change the House rules and the members can vote against it to stop it, but at the same time, I don't know who else you're going to get to lead."

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Hillary Clinton's hearing before the House special committee on the 2012 Benghazi attacks was "not definitive" — and the panel should continue its investigation, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay told Newsmax TV on Friday.
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