Jake Tapper: Let’s face it, Carney’s Benghazi “dissembling” is insulting; Update: Boehner to appoint select committee

posted at 11:21 am on May 2, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via the Hugh Hewitt Show, he means “lying,” I think, but I’ll let the man choose his own words. He doesn’t say which comments specifically he finds insulting but it’s probably the one where Carney tried to convince everyone that Ben Rhodes was merely linking the Mohammed video to the protests around the region, not … the murder of a U.S. ambassador that had been on the front page of every newspaper in America for three days. That’s also, I take it, why Hewitt’s crowning Carney the worst press secretary of the last 40 years or so. Why even take questions from the press if you’re going to spin them this feebly?

So lame and insulting has it been, in fact, that Carney may have finally forced Boehner to act.

House Speaker John Boehner is “seriously considering” appointing a select committee to investigate the attacks on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, according to a senior GOP leadership aide. The move comes after the revelation of an email from a top Obama national security official, Ben Rhodes, instructing Susan Rice to focus on an anti-Muslim internet video to explain the attacks.

“The new emails this week were the straw that broke the camel’s back,” says the aide. “The Speaker was furious to learn that the admininstration withheld relevant documents from a congressional subpoena. He’s sick and tired of this evasion and obstruction from the administration, and wants a solution to finally force accountability, get to the truth, and provide justice.”…

The details of the exact structure of the special committee are still under discussion, but a source tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD that Rep. Trey Gowdy, a lawmaker with a reputation for tough questioning of administration witnesses, is under consideration to chair it. Gowdy has participated in meetings of an ad hoc committee of House members from various committees of jurisdiction who have met informally to compare notes and shape strategy on the Benghazi investigations.

Withholding Rhodes’s e-mail is the casus belli for the select committee but Carney’s performance is what really made it catch fire in conservative media and put pressure on Boehner. I wonder which way this cuts politically, though. Until now, Boehner’s held back on appointing a committee because he thought there wasn’t much left to uncover and because he thought that revisiting the subject at this point wouldn’t do much to excite conservatives before November. Rhodes’s e-mail is the spark to the tinder; maybe there’s some extra motivation to be had here after all. Plus, the broader political landscape has changed a bit for the GOP. ObamaCare isn’t quite the panacea for Republicans that it was back in October, when the website was melting down, and if Boehner’s serious about a big amnesty push this summer, he’ll want to do something that pleases grassroots conservatives to contain the damage. New Benghazi hearings could be it.

Update: And there it is.

“Americans learned this week that the Obama Administration is so intent on obstructing the truth about Benghazi that it is even willing to defy subpoenas issued by the standing committees of the People’s House. These revelations compel the House to take every possible action to ensure the American people have the truth about the terrorist attack on our consulate that killed four of our countrymen. In light of these new developments, the House will vote to establish a new select committee to investigate the attack, provide the necessary accountability, and ensure justice is finally served.

“The administration’s withholding of documents – emails showing greater White House involvement in misleading the American people – is a flagrant violation of trust and undermines the basic principles of oversight upon which our system of government is built. And it forces us to ask the question, what else about Benghazi is the Obama administration still hiding from the American people?

“The House committees that have been investigating this attack have done extraordinary work, using their subpoena power, holding dozens of hearings, and conducting hundreds of interviews. Without this work we would not know much that we do today. But it’s clear that questions remain, and the administration still does not respect the authority of Congress to provide proper oversight. This dismissiveness and evasion requires us to elevate the investigation to a new level. I intend for this select committee to have robust authority, and I will expect it to work quickly to get answers for the American people and the families of the victims.

“Four Americans died at the hands of terrorists nearly 20 months ago, and we are still missing answers, accountability, and justice. It’s time that change.”


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if Boehner’s serious about a big amnesty push this summer, he’ll want to do something that pleases grassroots conservatives to contain the damage.

If Boner does anything to shove amnesty down unemployed Americans throats he’s got BIG problems in November.

HotAirian on May 2, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Jake Tapper: Let’s face it, Carney’s Benghazi “dissembling” is insulting…so!…do something about it!

KOOLAID2 on May 2, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Carney needs to chill out and tell the truth.

Ratso!

Newtie and the Beauty on May 2, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Considering how much Jay Carney lies, I’m surprised he isn’t better at it.

myiq2xu on May 2, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Note to Carney: Unless you enjoy being anally probed – yeah I know you might – make sure the next payment to Boehner’s Swiss account is not canceled or delayed like the last one was.

Rix on May 2, 2014 at 11:27 AM

AND YET, You Jake and people like you in the State-Run media, are the REASON we are here now.

YOU have enabled ALL of this. If YOU had been doing your JOB instead of enjoying the tingles up your legs, and cheering on Obama like little school girls, they would have known they couldn’t get away with all this.

But because of YOU, they have.

Meople on May 2, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Very, very damning

ConservativePartyNow on May 2, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Boehner is holding back for the same reason the GOP in general is: Fear of a Black President.

Hucklebuck on May 2, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Baghdad Bob Carney.

“American Tanks? What American Tanks?”
“Those emails that have a section titled ‘Benghazi’ aren’t about what happened in Benghazi.”

Defenestratus on May 2, 2014 at 11:28 AM

House Speaker John Boehner is “seriously considering” appointing a select committee to investigate the attacks on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi…

The time for “seriously considering” is long past. Do it already!! Whatinell are you waiting for?

Newtie and the Beauty on May 2, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Like watching a political version of Jenga

jake-the-goose on May 2, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Until now, Boehner’s held back on appointing a committee because he thought there wasn’t much left to uncover and because he thought that revisiting the subject at this point wouldn’t do much to excite conservatives before November.

But alluding to passing amnesty was really going to excite the base toward massive GOP support.

Since when does an almost total administration blackout of relevant information concerning the sacking of a U.S. embassy and the murder of 4 Americans NOT warrant a more thorough investigation, because of political optics?

Bishop on May 2, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Boehner: [fake real whining] “Ohhh, Don’t make me do this! Ohhhh, It’s too hard!”

WisRich on May 2, 2014 at 11:29 AM

MSM: Carney is spinning us in an unacceptable fashion!! But I guess we’ll just have to put up with it. After all,we’re powerless before our boyfriend, Obama.

Hucklebuck on May 2, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Carney’s incompetence makes me miss Robert Gibbs.

At least when Gibbs lied, he knew it. You knew it. And that filthy smile said it.

Carney looks like he’s trying to convince himself while saying it.

portlandon on May 2, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Establishment GOP House Leader angry that White House withheld documents for purely political gains…. yet he is still considering whether to launch a special committee to pursue the truth for fear of making the wrong political move.

How did we get in this handbasket?

chuckfinlay on May 2, 2014 at 11:30 AM

“The new emails this week were the straw that broke the camel’s back,” says the aide. “The Speaker was furious to learn

Oh please. You knew “Oooh! Ooooooh this is too hard!” was a bigger crisis of Boehner than Benghazi ever was. Yep, he’s in his war room in crisis mode, alright. But not because of emails

Marcus on May 2, 2014 at 11:31 AM

This is not a real scandal. There are no related headlines at ABC/CBS/CNN/USA TODAY.

faraway on May 2, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Breaking: White House finally comes clean on Benghazi talking points memo.

Check out the new official explanation on this graphic that Press Secretary Jay Carney just released.
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-e8IQjfWMNP8/UY5us8zAg_I/AAAAAAAAA7k/sa9kdddF_i4/s1600/Jay+Carney+on+Benghazi.jpg

PunditPete on May 2, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Update: Boehner to Form Select Committee on Benghazi

jake-the-goose on May 2, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Read the article that the Speaker is going to have Trey Gowdy lead the committee hopefully means that it will be pretty serious.

ConservativePartyNow on May 2, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Update: Boehner to Form Select Committee on Benghazi

jake-the-goose on May 2, 2014 at 11:29 AM

With Gowdy leading the charge. I like it.

CTSherman on May 2, 2014 at 11:35 AM

So… grassroots conservatives get a Benghazi select committee and Boehner gets support for amnesty? That the back-room deal?

de rigueur on May 2, 2014 at 11:35 AM

. . . . . Why even take questions from the press if you’re going to spin them this feebly?

So lame and insulting has it been, in fact, that Carney may have finally forced Boehner to act.

Allahpundit on May 2, 2014 at 11:21 AM

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The mental picture of Jay Carney “forcing” John Boehner anyone to do anything, is comical.
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House Speaker John Boehner is “seriously considering” appointing a select committee to investigate the attacks on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, according to a senior GOP leadership aide.

Stephen F. Hayes, weeklystandard.com, on May 2, 2014 at 10:29 AM

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I want to believe you, Stephen … I really do.

It’s just that there’s been so cause for cynicism…

listens2glenn on May 2, 2014 at 11:36 AM

House Speaker John Boehner is “seriously considering” appointing a select committee to investigate the attacks on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, according to a senior GOP leadership aide.

It’s about damn time. And while he’s at it, let’s have a select committee for the IRS scandal as well.

TarheelBen on May 2, 2014 at 11:36 AM

if Boehner’s serious about a big amnesty push this summer, he’ll want to do something that pleases grassroots conservatives to contain the damage. New Benghazi hearings could be it.

Having hearings which result in nothing will not do enough to dampen grassroots anger. He would have to actually succeed in getting administration officials fired and thrown in jail at a minimum. Amnesty is just too big for a table scrap like Benghazi hearings to really have an impact.

Doomberg on May 2, 2014 at 11:37 AM

if Boehner’s serious about a big amnesty push this summer, he’ll want to do something that pleases grassroots conservatives to contain the damage

Allahpundit has a way of throwing in phrases that put me in fight-to-the-death mode. The above is one of those.

A continuing mystery about Republican leadership is why they have been so meek and lame in pushing back against Obama, Reid, and the Dems. There is a serious question about who the Boehner Republicans view as political adversaries.

pilsener on May 2, 2014 at 11:38 AM

So… grassroots conservatives get a Benghazi select committee and Boehner gets support for amnesty? That the back-room deal?

de rigueur on May 2, 2014 at 11:35 AM

That may be the deal, who knows. But regardless, the GOP will still lose my vote in November if they do amnesty.

Meople on May 2, 2014 at 11:39 AM

That’s also, I take it, why Hewitt’s crowning Carney the worst press secretary of the last 40 years or so.

I think it is a toss-up. Carney is a liar, a really bad one. But he’s simply spinning and lying for his boss. Scott McClellan was worse because he was incompetent in his job, got fired, and became disgruntled and bitter to the point that he wrote a slanderous tell-all book and endorsed the rat-eared wonder in 2008.

Happy Nomad on May 2, 2014 at 11:39 AM

The State Run Media will either ignore the select committee or pick it apart…

d1carter on May 2, 2014 at 11:41 AM

With Gowdy leading the charge. I like it.

CTSherman on May 2, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Gowdy is 100% pit bull on this issue – he is truly pissed

jake-the-goose on May 2, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Gowdy is 100% pit bull on this issue – he is truly pissed

jake-the-goose on May 2, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Agreed.

WisRich on May 2, 2014 at 11:43 AM

So lame and insulting has it been, in fact, that Carney may have finally forced Boehner to act.

ROTFLMAO… Oh please, Bonehead doesn’t have the testicular fortitude to act.

oscarwilde on May 2, 2014 at 11:46 AM

“The new emails this week were the straw that broke the camel’s back,” says the aide.

But Boehner’s aide was quick to add that the Speaker did not want the Benghazi sideshow to distract members of the House from his push for amnesty.

BuckeyeSam on May 2, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Is this committee going to get right up to the edge and then back off like “fast and Furious?”

jainphx on May 2, 2014 at 11:47 AM

With Gowdy leading the charge. I like it.

CTSherman on May 2, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Gowdy is 100% pit bull on this issue – he is truly pissed

jake-the-goose on May 2, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Trey Gowdy would make a great United States Attorney General.

oscarwilde on May 2, 2014 at 11:47 AM

The fact that Johnny Boehner has not opened a select committee for Fast & Furious, Benghazi and the IRS scandal is surreal. He has to be protecting this Administration for a reason that we can only speculate on.

Conservative4Ever on May 2, 2014 at 11:49 AM

If the White House version of events is correct, and all these simple explanations they are putting out happen to be the correct explanations, then why would the White House push back so hard on reporters trying to follow a non-story? Why is it so personal to them that the White House gets personal right away and even went so far as to get Sharyl Attkisson fired at CBS? Either they are incompetent at a massively unexpected level, nasty little pricks or lying. There isn’t a charitable explanation possible, that I can see.

Personally I think its a little of all three.

MTF on May 2, 2014 at 11:49 AM

AP, do you live and work inside the Beltway? You write as if you work for Boehner and the establishment GOP.
Just wondering.

tomshup on May 2, 2014 at 11:50 AM

***

A continuing mystery about Republican leadership is why they have been so meek and lame in pushing back against Obama, Reid, and the Dems. There is a serious question about who the Boehner Republicans view as political adversaries.

pilsener on May 2, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Like every employer, they are reluctant to deal with the affirmative action hire who has not panned out. The don’t want to be cast as racist. Too bad Allen West isn’t still around to help fight this fight.

BuckeyeSam on May 2, 2014 at 11:50 AM

anyone find it strange that they were able to identify this video in particular to blame. I mean how were they so quick to isolate the video as the root cause. Was nate silver taking a survey on the ground of why they were there? the more this story lingers the stronger the stench gets of this clusterfruck. The truth will come out eventually no matter how much media ignores it.

phatfawzi on May 2, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Really…are people just now realizing that obama and his democrat minions are liars……fools…..

crosshugger on May 2, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Carney is such a lame press secretary partly because the press are the palace guard most of the time. It throws him off when he gets hard questions.

gwelf on May 2, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Trey Gowdy would make a great United States Attorney General.

oscarwilde on May 2, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Agreed..he’s got the personailty, and Legal skills to
serve in that position…..this is the best news coming
from Boner probably Ever.

I say light the Roman Candle.

ToddPA on May 2, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Trey Gowdy would make a great United States Attorney General.

oscarwilde on May 2, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Agreed. Maybe then he could afford to get rid of that Traficant hairdo.

CTSherman on May 2, 2014 at 11:53 AM

The truth will come out eventually no matter how much media ignores it.

phatfawzi on May 2, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Hopefully not too late to save our Country.

VegasRick on May 2, 2014 at 11:54 AM

If Gowdy is the head of the select committee things will get rough for Obama :) I wonder if Judical Watch is suing for more IRS documents?

sorrowen on May 2, 2014 at 11:56 AM

phatfawzi on May 2, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Hopefully not too late to save our Country.

VegasRick on May 2, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Bonehead appears to be doing everything in his power to ensure that it does not come out until after Barky O’Barkbark is safely out of office.

oscarwilde on May 2, 2014 at 11:56 AM

AND YET, You Jake and people like you in the State-Run media, are the REASON we are here now.

Meople on May 2, 2014 at 11:27 AM

No, there are few people like Jake in the mainstream media. Jake Tapper is one of the few who actually has tried to scrutinize this administration (Sheryl Atkisson is another). If everyone in the Washington press corps emulated Jake Tapper, Obama would have lost his re-election bid in a landslide. He’s one of the few who doesn’t spend his time carrying water for the administration.

J.S.K. on May 2, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Agreed. Maybe then he could afford to get rid of that Traficant hairdo.

CTSherman on May 2, 2014 at 11:53 AM

But that’s how we know it’s Trey…that and his magnificent SC drawl!

gracie on May 2, 2014 at 11:58 AM

The Speaker was furious to learn that the admininstration withheld relevant documents from a congressional subpoena. He’s sick and tired of this evasion and obstruction from the administration, and wants a solution to finally force accountability, get to the truth, and provide justice.”…

Dude – you’re a little late to the party…

PatriotRider on May 2, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Since when does an almost total administration blackout of relevant information concerning the sacking of a U.S. embassy and the murder of 4 Americans NOT warrant a more thorough investigation, because of political optics?

Bishop on May 2, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Here, let me google that for you Bishop. :)

When did politics become more important than the truth?

Irritable Pundit on May 2, 2014 at 11:59 AM

UPDATE: Other news organizations confirm the report below that House speaker John Boehner will announce the formation of a select committee on Benghazi, led by Rep. Trey Gowdy.

I’ve always been told that if it sounds too good to be true, it usually isn’t.

Boehner may have a problem that has kept him on his leash here. As Trey Gowdy shamed a room full of reporters with this question, “Why was Ambassador Stevens in Benghazi?”, Boehner may have reason to fear the answer.

As 3rd in line to the presidency, he would have been briefed on WHY Stevens was there, and WHY the Libyans turned on Stevens and the CIA’s gun running operation in Benghazi. The blood may well also be on Boehner’s hands – but we better damn well find out the TRUTH soon or things could unravel very badly in this country soon, before the 2014 mid terms.

Harbingeing on May 2, 2014 at 11:59 AM

“He doesn’t say which comments specifically he finds insulting but it’s probably the ones where Carney tried to convince everyone… spoke.”

Tsar of Earth on May 2, 2014 at 12:01 PM

They are most all the result of media literally sleeping with the politicos and vice versa.

May most all of you media hacks choke in obama’s azz. It ain’t Beluga caviar. Suffocate.

Schadenfreude on May 2, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Why are they sticking with the “we were told it was the video” storyline? because, it’s the better of two terrible options.

WisRich on May 2, 2014 at 12:01 PM

” “The new emails this week were the straw that broke the camel’s back,” says the aide.

But Boehner’s aide was quick to add that the Speaker did not want the Benghazi sideshow to distract members of the House from his push for amnesty.”

Oh, not to worry Johnny. You push amnesty, we’ll notice and keep the House members informed as to what they should do, starting with your replacement, and then moving to Cantor and the rest of his ilk.

We’re paying attention. Got it?

pehrsson on May 2, 2014 at 12:03 PM

House speaker John Boehner will announce the formation of a select committee on Benghazi, led by Rep. Trey Gowdy.

J_Crater on May 2, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Wow Rush just led with Trey Gowdy and the select committee!!!

Harbingeing on May 2, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Why are they sticking with the “we were told it was the video” storyline? because, it’s the better of two terrible options.

WisRich on May 2, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Yeah but that dude on Special Report did confirm one thing yesterday. The rat-eared wonder was not in the situation room at any time as those four Americans were being killed and countless others (because the government won’t tell us how many) were injured.

So where was he and what was he doing? Hillary Clinton called about 10pm and then issued a statement that pointed to the video as the cause of the Benghazi attack. Did she get her marching orders from Valarie Jarrett? Trey Gowdy is going have some fun!

Happy Nomad on May 2, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Wow Rush just led with Trey Gowdy and the select committee!!!

Harbingeing on May 2, 2014 at 12:07 PM

What were you expecting hi to lead with? More on the NBA?

Happy Nomad on May 2, 2014 at 12:09 PM

“Trey, you are going to be in charge of the special committee. Run it just like Issa would.” -Boehner

chuckfinlay on May 2, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Boehner may have a problem that has kept him on his leash here. As Trey Gowdy shamed a room full of reporters with this question, “Why was Ambassador Stevens in Benghazi?”, Boehner may have reason to fear the answer.

Harbingeing on May 2, 2014 at 11:59 AM

I’d never seen that press conference before. That was a thing of beauty by Mr. Gowdy.

WisRich on May 2, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Supposedly Boehner’s backing away from amnesty, but actually appointing a select committee.

He won’t be allowed to be one of Chuckie Schumer’s republicans!

formwiz on May 2, 2014 at 12:10 PM

if Boehner’s serious about a big amnesty push this summer, he’ll want to do something that pleases grassroots conservatives to contain the damage. New Benghazi hearings could be it.

That’s the first thing I thought of. This has nothing to do with conviction or doing the right thing.

Wigglesworth on May 2, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Bonehead appears to be doing everything in his power to ensure that it does not come out until after Barky O’Barkbark is safely out of office.

oscarwilde on May 2, 2014 at 11:56 AM

“House Speaker John Boehner ‘seriously considering’ appointing a special committee to probe Benghazi attacks, and an announcement from GOP leaders could come as early as Friday”

Time to melt his phone line and make him do it…

VegasRick on May 2, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Boehner: “Trey, you are going to be in charge of the special committee. Run it just like Issa would.”

Gowdy: Yeah, I’ll get right on that, John. As soon as I wash and style my hair. And sharpen my teeth.

pehrsson on May 2, 2014 at 12:12 PM

J.S.K. on May 2, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Jake may have had a few moments here or there where he was the lone voice of criticism in the sea of giddy school girls.

But that hasn’t been all the time. He may have been better than most of his peers, but that makes little difference when all the rest of the non-Fox media is completely bent.

Meople on May 2, 2014 at 12:13 PM

I hope a select committee for Benghazi means the regular committees can devote more resources to investigate IRS.

Mark1971 on May 2, 2014 at 12:15 PM

AP, do you live and work inside the Beltway? You write as if you work for Boehner and the establishment GOP.
Just wondering.

tomshup on May 2, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Just about all of the HA bloggers are like that except for a few of the occasional writers like Eggleston and Siggins.

Wigglesworth on May 2, 2014 at 12:16 PM

I seem to remember for over a year a certain conservative talk show host calling for a select committee. Will it happen now? I mean really happen, and not be a political sideshow scam like the Obamacare repeal efforts?

Brock Robamney on May 2, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Judicial Watch: Doing the job that the House won’t do.

ajacksonian on May 2, 2014 at 12:18 PM

I hope a select committee for Benghazi means the regular committees can devote more resources to investigate IRS.

Mark1971 on May 2, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Let’s not get delusional here.

chuckfinlay on May 2, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Update: Boehner to appoint select committee

Great! What about all the other scandals?

Roy Rogers on May 2, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Let’s not get delusional here.

chuckfinlay on May 2, 2014 at 12:18 PM

LOL. Yeah, I know.

Mark1971 on May 2, 2014 at 12:19 PM

“The new emails this week were the straw that broke the camel’s back,” says the aide.

Another lie, since it’s quite obvious to all that Boehner has no backbone to break.

Boehner and Mike Rodgers both have blood on their hands from this whitewash, and that won’t change. I despise them both.

And Tapper… perhaps one of the “slightly less bad guys”, but should never be confused with one of the “good guys”.

bofh on May 2, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Great! What about all the other scandals?

Roy Rogers on May 2, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait for Judicial Watch to turn up more evidence. Unless you are waiting for Issa to be productive….*snicker*

chuckfinlay on May 2, 2014 at 12:21 PM

As 3rd in line to the presidency, he would have been briefed on WHY Stevens was there, and WHY the Libyans turned on Stevens and the CIA’s gun running operation in Benghazi. The blood may well also be on Boehner’s hands – but we better damn well find out the TRUTH soon or things could unravel very badly in this country soon, before the 2014 mid terms.

Harbingeing on May 2, 2014 at 11:59 AM

You know, I don’t think anyone else has thought of that. He is third in line. Kind of makes him part of the administration doesn’t it?

crankyoldlady on May 2, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Judicial Watch: Doing the job that the House won’t do.

ajacksonian on May 2, 2014 at 12:18 PM

More importantly, why is Judicial Watch getting e-mails that supposedly didn’t exist when the House demanded them for oversight?

Happy Nomad on May 2, 2014 at 12:24 PM

I haven’t seen confirmation that Trey Gowdy is going to head this up but it should be….along with assists from Jim Jordan, Jason Chaffetz and Lankford.

CoffeeLover on May 2, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Q: How can you destroy your best weapon if you really don’t want to oppose the enemy?
A: Put it in the hands of another committee while pretending to be inept and bumbling cowards..

Don L on May 2, 2014 at 12:27 PM

In related news, scientists claim to have finally located Boehner’s balls with a powerful electron microscope. Having proved that he has some, it only remains to be seen if he will use them.

Zoomie on May 2, 2014 at 12:27 PM

“We can do the innuendo, we can dance and sing …
When it’s said and done, we haven’t told you a thing …
We all know that Crap is King, give us Dirty Carney …”

[w/apologies to Don Henley]

ShainS on May 2, 2014 at 12:28 PM

House Speaker John Boehner is “seriously considering” appointing a select committee to investigate the attacks on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, according to a senior GOP leadership aide.

Don’t “seriously consider” appointing a select committee to investigate the attacks on the Benghazi consulate, Mr. Speaker.

Just do it.

Steve Z on May 2, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Q: How can you destroy your best weapon if you really don’t want to oppose the enemy?
A: Put it in the hands of another committee while pretending to be inept and bumbling cowards..

Don L on May 2, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Uhh… I don’t think the GOPe is pretending…

bofh on May 2, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Don’t “seriously consider” appointing a select committee to investigate the attacks on the Benghazi consulate, Mr. Speaker.

Just do it.

Steve Z on May 2, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Just announced.

VegasRick on May 2, 2014 at 12:30 PM

If Boner does anything to shove amnesty down unemployed Americans throats he’s got BIG problems in November.

HotAirian on May 2, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Exactly. There is no coming back from Amnesty and there is no amount of goodwill you can accrue ahead of time which will placate the base… or really Americans in general once they find out damaging and long-term the effects will be.

Ukiah on May 2, 2014 at 12:31 PM

RINO Boehner “acting” finally? Wow. Will miracles never cease to occur?!

Chuck Ef on May 2, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Where is Neil Young now (Toronto, CA, technically, but I mean morally)?

“Four dead in Ben-gha-zi”

When is their song being written? Or don’t they count?

IndieDogg on May 2, 2014 at 12:34 PM

That’s the first thing I thought of. This has nothing to do with conviction or doing the right thing.

Wigglesworth on May 2, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Everything is done with the next election outcome, not the good of the nation, as being top priority. For both parties.

butch on May 2, 2014 at 12:35 PM

It’s about time. Put Gowdy in charge, if possible.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on May 2, 2014 at 12:41 PM

With Gowdy leading the charge. I like it.

CTSherman on May 2, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Gowdy is 100% pit bull on this issue – he is truly pissed

jake-the-goose on May 2, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Trey Gowdy would make a great chairman for a select committee to investigate Benghazi–not only is he pissed, but he’s got both brains and cojones.

Such an investigation could reap big dividends for 2016, because whatever they find will probably lead to Hillary Clinton, who will end up smelling less than rosy. That 3 AM phone call she never answered…we’ll tell you what difference it makes!!!

Steve Z on May 2, 2014 at 12:41 PM

This is going well. Don’t be in a hurry. After all the road leads to Hillary and obummers actions, or the lack thereof. Keep pressing this issue. Bret Baier’s interview yesterday was another amazing story.

jake49 on May 2, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Until now, Boehner’s held back on appointing a committee because he thought there wasn’t much left to uncover and because he thought that revisiting the subject at this point wouldn’t do much to excite conservatives before November.

Wondering why you think these are the reasons Boehner has been slow-walking the investigation, because it’s patent nonsense.

A blind man could see Obama & his tools were withholding evidence and defying subpoenas all along. Hell’s bells, that criminality began way back with Fast And Furious. Gowdy’s apparent and growing frustration with Republican leadership’s limp-wristed responses to the ongoing disrespect of Congressional authority tells us they all know more could be done.

I’d love to know the REAL reasons Boehner has been such a pussy when it comes to tackling Obama’s lawless defiance of subpoenas head-on.

novaculus on May 2, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Good! Let the select committee start on this one while we return to that scandal that’s a “smidge” bigger – IRS

Tater Salad on May 2, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Carney needs to chill out and tell the truth.

Ratso!

Newtie and the Beauty on May 2, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Carney needs to chill out and tell the truth. quit.

redguy on May 2, 2014 at 12:50 PM

if Boehner’s serious about a big amnesty push this summer, he’ll want to do something that pleases grassroots conservatives to contain the damage

Boehner is doing this now because he is in danger of losing the speakership.
If the Republicans are stupid enough to fall for amnesty, we will get Benghazi’s ten times over here in the US.

redguy on May 2, 2014 at 12:53 PM

and if Boehner’s serious about a big amnesty push this summer, he’ll want to do something that pleases grassroots conservatives to contain the damage. New Benghazi hearings could be it

It wont do it. They already had too many Benghazi hearings to the point people tuned out because they came across as bogus. Whenever a witness got anywhere near a corner, the leadership retreated. It didnt help to have McCain leading a marshmallow charge against his BFF Hillary

New hearings might bring some justice and vindication for the victims, although I suspect the generals railroaded by the administration will not in any way be compensated for the low down dirty shafting.

Military are disposable objects

New hearings will not help the RINOs in terms of Amnesty. In fact, the hearings will end up looking like an amnesty diversion precisely because they showed lackluster interest, until Amnesty re appeared.

With some heroic exceptions, Hillary’s “what difference does it make?” remark could apply to the RINOs. People were confounded as to why they walked back the prior hearings. Maybe it should have been “what’s in it for me?”

I want justice for the victims. But I wont trade Amnesty for Justice.

entagor on May 2, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Tapper? He’s a reasonably honest guy in an impossibly corrupt business. He’s the scrupulous tax accountant for the local Mafia boss.

I’m thinking Boehner’s political calculations are eased a bit by Vietor’s epic fail – if there are people that stupid behind this thing, the low-hanging fruit might not require much shaking.

And the real target of any Benghazi effort has to be, and I’m sure everyone recognizes it has to be, not Obama but our former Secretary of State and her 2016 ambitions.

I’m actually thinking her motivations for going to work for Obama were not entirely mercenary – when was the last time we elected a SecState to anything, we didn’t even find a demigod chair for George Marshall. Maybe she, like Gates, thought that she could save Obama from his own incapacity and that of his chosen advisers. But this administration corrupts everything and everyone it touches.

JEM on May 2, 2014 at 12:56 PM

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