Seven Democrats crossed party lines and joined House Republicans to establish a Select Committee to investigate the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya on Thursday night.
These Democrats were Reps. Ron Barber (D-AZ), John Barrow (D-GA), Mike McIntyre (D-NC), Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-FL), Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN), Nick Rahall (D-WV), and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). The resolution passed 232-186.
Speaker Boehner has yet to announce which members will be part of the committee, but some lawmakers gave their thoughts as to what kind of representatives should be chosen.
“I think Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) is a good choice for chairman. The Select Committee became essential. You needed one committee to bring it all together and to bring all the parties in the room at one time,” said Rep. Peter King (R-NY) to Breitbart News. “As long as the [members chosen] are professional. We have to be careful that we don’t overplay this. There’s real evidence here. We have to be responsible–starting with Trey. He’s very responsible,” he said, noting the importance of having members on the committee who “are solid” and “know how to ask questions and conduct themselves intelligently.”
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), a longtime outspoken advocate for a Select Committee and member of the Judiciary Committee, told Breitbart News that Republican leadership needs to be careful who they choose for the committee.
“They got a good guy in Trey Gowdy, who’s probably the best cross examiner in the House. But it means the difference between getting to the bottom of things as the Watergate committee did–of course, in that case, you had Republicans trying to help get to the bottom of things instead of trying to delay and obfuscate,” Gohmert said. He added, “But if you don’t have the best cross examiners–the people who know how to make a case–then you end up with wonderful, well-meaning people that let a real problem like Whitewater get away from them with not much in the way of results. So it’s very important who he puts on there. And I hope he gives it proper consideration.”
Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), a member of the Judiciary Committee, told Breitbart News he believes the Benghazi issue is “worn out,” saying, “I think we’ve worn Benghazi to a thread.”
However, Conyers recommended Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as his top picks for members of the Select Committee.
Nadler himself appeared surprised when Breitbart News told him that Conyers thought he would represent Democrats best on the Committee. “I haven’t given it a thought at all,” Nadler said, explaining, “The whole [Benghazi Select Committee] thing is a fraud. There’s no scandal there. They’re trying to make a big political thing there. It’s ridiculous.”
Speaker Boehner is expected to announce names for the Benghazi Select Committee on Friday.