Democrats Not Sure They'll Participate in Benghazi Select Committee
say they're still waiting by the phone for Speaker John
Boehner's call, and until they hear from him, they cannot decide
whether to participate in the Benghazi Select Committee to
Republicans were named Friday.
has not responded to respectful and reasonable requests for
bipartisan standards. He has not responded. He did not return
phone calls that Leader Pelosi made to him yesterday. We are
to find a way to make this work, but the Republicans have shown
inclination to make it work,” Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY)
reporters on Friday.
full access to the committee's documents and interviews, as well
as input on who receives subpoenas.
is going to be a true bipartisan inquiry, we’ll participate.
If this is going to be a Republican campaign strategy, it’s
to be harder for us to participate,” Israel said, referencing the
National Republican Campaign Committee's email to donors centered
around the Benghazi Select Committee.
by Breitbart News to respond to Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s floor remarks Thursday that the accusation that the GOP is
fundraising off the 2012 Benghazi attack is like the "pot calling the kettle black," Israel responded, “I don’t know
what she’s talking about, quite honestly.”
We have asked the Speaker and his staff to consider a
variety of options. I’m not going to talk publicly about what
options are, but we’re looking forward to a reasonable response
from the Speaker. ... The Republicans have passed a
resolution creating a committee, but until the gavel is banged
first meeting is held, there’s room for us to discuss to make
that this is fair and balanced and bi-partisan and not a
is the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
(DCCC), repeatedly said Democrats were willing to involve themselves in
the select committee, but may very well boycott if conditions they
offering Speaker Boehner are not met.
Israel noted that Republicans should not have full control over determining the ratios, who gets subpoenaed, and who receives access to information. He also said:
believe we should participate, as long as we participate in
that is a truly balanced and bipartisan inquiry, but if the
the Republicans is 'our way or the highway,' I don’t know why we
would want to participate in something. We have given them every
opportunity and multiple chances to show us and work with us on a
balanced and fair inquiry. And if every one of those requests
been met with rejection and partisanship, it would be very hard
us to participate.
Democrats do not participate in the select committee, however,
will not have access to subpoenaed documents immediately,
“I’m hopeful that before we even get to that concern, that the
Speaker and the Republican majority provides [sic] us with a process
fair and balanced,” Israel told Breitbart News.