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Benghazi Democrats Renew Call to Abolish Panel

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By    |   Saturday, 10 Oct 2015 08:45 PM

Democrats seized on allegations by a former staffer to the special House committee investigating the Benghazi attacks that the panel was conducting "partisan" investigation of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, citing it as further evidence that the panel should be shut down.

"These are extremely serious whistleblower charges by one of Chairman [Trey] Gowdy’s own hand-picked investigators," said Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the panel's ranking Democrat.

Cummings was referring to the committee's Republican chairman, South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy. House Speaker John Boehner formed the panel in May 2014 to investigate the attacks that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, including two former Navy SEALs.

On Sunday, The New York Times published its own analysis of the panel's efforts, concluding that  after an expenditure of 17 months — longer than the Watergate investigation — and, more than $4.5 million,  the focus of the committee’s work has shifted from the circumstances surrounding the Benghazi attack to the politically charged issue of Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.


Air Force Reserve Maj. Bradley Podliska told CNN that he was fired from his job in June after 10 months because his supervisors objected to him conducting an objective Benghazi inquiry.

Podliska told CNN that the committee's focus changed after reports surfaced in March that Clinton had used a private email account during her four years as secretary of state.

Gowdy immediately subpoenaed all Clinton's emails to the panel, before which Clinton is scheduled to testify on Oct. 22.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told Fox News last week that the committee's probe was responsible for Clinton's dropping poll numbers in recent weeks. The remarks dashed his chances of succeeding House Speaker John Boehner when he leaves on Oct. 30.

Democrats called for the committee's abolishment after McCarthy's comments.

A Benghazi panel spokesman denied Podliska's allegations, attributing them Saturday to the fired staffer's "wild imagination" and saying that the committee "will not be blackmailed into a monetary settlement for a false allegation made by a properly terminated former employee."

Still, Cummings said that Podliska's admission "show—from the inside—that Kevin McCarthy’s stark admission was true:  Republicans have been abusing millions of taxpayer dollars for the illegitimate purpose of damaging Hillary Clinton’s bid for president."

California Rep. Rep. Adam Schiff, who also sits on the panel said the CNN report "only provides further evidence of what has been long evident."

"Even before Kevin McCarthy’s comments laid bare the true intent of the committee, it’s been clear that Secretary Clinton has been the true target of this investigation.

"It's time to shut down the Benghazi Select Committee," he added. "Only by ending this expensive and politicized investigation can we begin to undo the damage already done through this unprecedented use of Congress's power for nakedly political purposes."

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