Boehner: Of course we’re not disbanding the Benghazi Select Committee

posted at 2:01 pm on October 1, 2015 by Ed Morrissey

Consider this the end to the deeply unserious reaction to Kevin McCarthy’s ill-considered remarks about the impact that the Benghazi Select Committee has had on the presidential election — even if they’re true in a literal sense. The ranking member on the House panel, Elijah Cummings, demanded that John Boehner and Trey Gowdy disband the committee after McCarthy’s noting of the political damage it had done to Hillary Clinton. Boehner responded today by essentially advising Cummings not to hold his breath — and to start demanding more cooperation from Hillary and Barack Obama instead:

House Speaker John Boehner denied Thursday that the panel investigating the Benghazi attack is political or aimed at discrediting former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

In a statement, he said will not disband the committee, despite controversial comments made this week by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy that the panel helped Republicans damage Clinton politically.

“This investigation has never been about former Secretary of State Clinton and never will be,” Boehner said in a statement provided to CNN Thursday. “Indeed, the Select Committee’s very existence is only the result of the Obama administration’s obstruction of routine congressional investigations and its failure to properly comply with subpoenas and document requests.”

The full statement went out shortly before CNN posted their story, in which Boehner reminded everyone of the stakes involved in the investigation, and precisely why it has taken this long to conduct:

On May 2, 2014, the House established the Select Committee on Benghazi to investigate what happened before, during, and after the terrorist attack in Benghazi, and to ensure that justice is finally served. Four Americans lost their lives in this terrorist attack because they were left without adequate security in one of the most dangerous places in the world. Their loved ones still don’t know the full truth about what happened, and they deserve real answers. All Americans do.

“This investigation has never been about former Secretary of State Clinton and never will be. Indeed, the Select Committee’s very existence is only the result of the Obama administration’s obstruction of routine congressional investigations and its failure to properly comply with subpoenas and document requests. The fact remains that Secretary Clinton and the Obama administration have done everything they can to delay, derail, and stop this investigation. They’ve failed to turn over documents in a timely way, and their own actions have needlessly prolonged this panel’s work.

“The members of this committee have worked diligently and professionally to fulfill this important mission and they will continue to do so. That’s why we said from the very beginning that Secretary Clinton’s server should be turned over to a neutral, independent, third party, like the FBI. That’s why the Select Committee has interviewed dozens and dozens of people away from the TV cameras. That’s why Cheryl Mills, Secretary Clinton’s former chief of staff, has thanked Chairman Gowdy and the Committee for their ‘professionalism’ and ‘respect’ and ‘the work they’re doing.’

“The American people deserve the truth about what happened in Benghazi. That’s always been our focus, and that’s going to remain our focus.”

So don’t expect the panel to wrap up its work any time in the near future, in other words. Cummings can protest all he wants, and could even stage a Democratic walkout, but the work will continue nonetheless. If Democrats don’t want to participate, that will look … mighty strange, given the context of four dead Americans and a failed state as a result of Hillary’s handling of foreign policy in Libya.

Still, this could have repercussions for McCarthy, who’s vying to replace Boehner. Both Jason Chaffetz and Justin Amash expressed concern over McCarthy’s remarks, with Amash hinting that the concern could be ongoing into the leadership debate:

“[It is] an absolutely inappropriate statement,” Chaffetz told host Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s “The Situation Room” Wednesday evening, saying McCarthy’s comment distracts from the committee’s work.

“That was not the reason we started,” Chaffetz added of the select committee. “We started because there were four dead Americans and we didn’t have answers.” …

“I totally disagree with those comments,” Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) told CNN on Wednesday. “I think it should be a concern.”

It may very well become a concern if McCarthy makes any more missteps. The House Republican caucus is already on edge, and they need to have confidence in their leadership moving forward. The last thing the GOP needs is to provide Democrats with ammunition about politicizing the Benghazi probe or any other forms of oversight on the executive branch, which clearly has worked to thwart Congress over the last few years.


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Of course not….we want to keep meeting for the Lobster
Newberg Lunches and cocktails….geez, we may be incompetent,
but we’re not stupid….

ToddPA on October 1, 2015 at 2:04 PM

McCarthy reminds me of the preppy, pretty boy in high school that would say whatever he thought you wanted to hear because he wants you to like him. I don’t like him.

BettyRuth on October 1, 2015 at 2:06 PM

Yes, either the orange man is right and McCarthy is trying to use what should be a serious investigation to tar Hillary, or McCarthy is right and its all been a sham from the get-go. Despite constant findings of no wrongdoing, they keep at it, being fiscally non-conservative and wasting lots of taxpaying TruAmerican dollars.

Oh my.

This reminds me of my favorite bible quote: Filipinos 35:17 – “And verily the Lawd doth said to the fisherman, not even the selenderest of camels is worth the price of 3 imperial shekels.”

antisense on October 1, 2015 at 2:06 PM

Red Alert: US Chamber of Commerce to spend $100 Million to primary and unseat Conservatives from Congress

Don’t do business with any company that displays the US Chamber of Commerce Logo. Because where do you think they get the $100 million from?

ConstantineXI on October 1, 2015 at 2:07 PM

McCarthy reminds me of the preppy, pretty boy in high school that would say whatever he thought you wanted to hear because he wants you to like him. I don’t like him.

BettyRuth on October 1, 2015 at 2:06 PM

Otter from Animal House

ConstantineXI on October 1, 2015 at 2:08 PM

they need to have confidence in their leadership moving forward.

Why start now?

Years of “surrendering is the only way to win” and one guy is going to get them to fight now? Color me extremely skeptical.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on October 1, 2015 at 2:10 PM

It may very well become a concern if McCarthy makes any more missteps. The House Republican caucus is already on edge, and they need to have confidence in their leadership moving forward.

This one misstep by McCarthy is one too many – particularly given that he’s no real change or improvement over Boehner.

Its inexcusable for someone desiring to become Speaker to create a firestorm over these comments at this time. Inside the Kabuki Theater, we’re watching ‘The Gang That Can’t Shoot Straight’. The story now from Cummings, the left, and the media is all going to be about this being a politically motivated witch-hunt – and not about the malfeasance and criminality of the Administration, HRC, her staff, and the Clinton Foundation.

The entire House GOP leadership needs to be sacked and replaced given their pathetic performance since they took their positions the first week of January 2015.

Athos on October 1, 2015 at 2:11 PM

it sure would be nice who belongs to the CoC, reckon there’s an app for that?

I would surely do my best not to give them my business.

DanMan on October 1, 2015 at 2:14 PM

Boehner: Of course we’re not disbanding the Benghazi Select Committee

… we need something to try and divert the anger of our conservative base terrorists!

dominigan on October 1, 2015 at 2:14 PM

nice to know

DanMan on October 1, 2015 at 2:15 PM

Doesn’t matter.
It’s just like the report Planned Parenthood commissioned that concluded the videos were edited. It gave Planned Parenthood’s supporters something to hang their hats on. They went from saying “edited” to “highly-edited” to “bogus”.

McCarthy gave the Democrats their talking point and now they will run with it the same way. Those of us who still held onto some hope of finding out the truth about what happened leading up to and following the attack in Benghazi are out of luck. Again. This was an absolutely stupid thing to say.

NavyMom on October 1, 2015 at 2:21 PM

antisense on October 1, 2015 at 2:06 PM

No need to read or reply your name says it all.

Neitherleftorright on October 1, 2015 at 2:24 PM

Athos on October 1, 2015 at 2:11 PM

Exactly. With one sentence McCarthy made the committee irrelevant.

NavyMom on October 1, 2015 at 2:25 PM

Yes, either the orange man is right and McCarthy is trying to use what should be a serious investigation to tar Hillary, or McCarthy is right and its all been a sham from the get-go.

Or possibly the truth is the obvious thing that you refuse to admit: That while that may not have been the actual purpose, they’re certainly not sorry that Hillary has handed them her head on a platter.

Despite constant findings of no wrongdoing, they keep at it, being fiscally non-conservative and wasting lots of taxpaying TruAmerican dollars.

antisense on October 1, 2015 at 2:06 PM

$4.4 million thus far. To put that in perspective, that’s about .025% of what was wasted in Medicare fraud in 2011.

So tell me again how the left is actively and aggressively pursuing Medicare fraud? I mean it’s 4000 times as much money, presumably that means it’s at least a thousand times as important, right?

And yes, I know, there are also 4 people dead due to Benghazi as well, but we all know that people being killed doesn’t count with leftists. Look at the hundreds of Mexicans killed with guns supplied through Fast & Furious… or the millions aborted by PP. Lives don’t matter unless you can make a hashtag out of it, use it as part of a protest GOTV effort, and use it as an excuse to loot stores and burn down your town.

GrumpyOldFart on October 1, 2015 at 2:27 PM

Athos on October 1, 2015 at 2:11 PM

Exactly. With one sentence McCarthy made the committee irrelevant.

NavyMom on October 1, 2015 at 2:25 PM

McCarthy must go.

kunegetikos on October 1, 2015 at 2:29 PM

Boehner: Of course we’re not disbanding the Benghazi Select Committee

Obviously Boehner thought that it was a Conservative requesting the Benghazi Select Committee shutdown. Once he realizes it’s a Democrat request the committee shutdown will commence.

RJL on October 1, 2015 at 2:36 PM

absolutely shameless.

everdiso on October 1, 2015 at 2:37 PM

If Democrats don’t want to participate, that will look … mighty strange, given the context of four dead Americans and a failed state as a result of Hillary’s handling of foreign policy in Libya.

Not really since the GOP has now basically admitted they are just using the deaths as a political football and have no interest at all in truth.

Time to start ignoring the witch hunt.

Tlaloc on October 1, 2015 at 2:37 PM

The last thing the GOP needs is to provide Democrats with ammunition about politicizing the Benghazi probe or any other forms of oversight on the executive branch, which clearly has worked to thwart Congress over the last few years.

Horse <——– Barn

On the upside, we've always known your 'concern' about benghazi was BS, now we just have the proof to show everyone else.

Tlaloc on October 1, 2015 at 2:39 PM

Those of us who still held onto some hope of finding out the truth about what happened leading up to and following the attack in Benghazi are out of luck. Again. This was an absolutely stupid thing to say.

NavyMom on October 1, 2015 at 2:21 PM

You could look at any of the dozen or so previous investigations. But those didn’t find it was the dems fault, is that what you really want?]

Maybe?

Tlaloc on October 1, 2015 at 2:41 PM

Consider this the end to the deeply unserious reaction to Kevin McCarthy’s ill-considered remarks about the impact that the Benghazi Select Committee has had on the presidential election — even if they’re true in a literal sense.

what a joke of a sentence, Ed. I expect better from you.

1. the reaction is deeply serious to a deeply serious issue.
2. mccarthy’s remarks weren’t “ill considered” – they were an admission of obvious truth.
3. the remarks weren’t about the impact of the hearings, but about the very creation of the committee.
4. and what the hell kind of statement is “even if they’re true in the literal sense”? that’s just a ridiculous attemlt to avoid the simple admission “they are true”.

shameless, disgusting, dishonest stuff from Ed the Super Church Guy.

just gross.

everdiso on October 1, 2015 at 2:42 PM

3. the remarks weren’t about the impact of the hearings, but about the very creation of the committee.

everdiso on October 1, 2015 at 2:42 PM

And you know this how, exactly?

GrumpyOldFart on October 1, 2015 at 2:56 PM

In the words of Carly Fiorina: “I think we all heard what he said.”

everdiso on October 1, 2015 at 3:01 PM

Boehner also said he’d fight to defund Planned Parenthood…and didn’t, as well as defund Obamacare…and didn’t, and fight Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty…and didn’t.

The Benghazi committee is toast…

mrteachersir on October 1, 2015 at 3:05 PM

These idiot Republicans need to engage their brains before they put their mouths in gear.

rplat on October 1, 2015 at 3:11 PM

everdiso, if Nixon had been a democrat you’d still be whining about the Watergate hearings.

Just gross

blink on October 1, 2015 at 2:52 PM

Nixon actually committed a crime, and watergate wasn’t the 8th investigation into the matter…

Tlaloc on October 1, 2015 at 3:24 PM

4.5 million dollars spent reinvestigating Benghazi and nothing to show for it but political attacks. That’s leadership you can vote for!

Mmm...Burritos on October 1, 2015 at 3:26 PM

Those of us who still held onto some hope of finding out the truth about what happened leading up to and following the attack in Benghazi are out of luck. Again. This was an absolutely stupid thing to say.

NavyMom on October 1, 2015 at 2:21 PM

You could look at any of the dozen or so previous investigations. But those didn’t find it was the dems fault, is that what you really want?]

Maybe?

Tlaloc on October 1, 2015 at 2:41 PM

The truth is brutal and simple. Benghazi is a consequence of the Obamanation Administration attempting to overthrow the government of Bashar Assad in Syria.

Ambassador Christopher Stevens was in charge of funding and supplying with weapons to the group that eventually became known as ISIS. Stevens via the CIA, under orders from the Obamanation Administration armed them with surface to air “stinger” missiles.

When they were caught by the international press using them to shot down Syrian Government planes and helicopters the Obamanation Administration got nervous and tried to get those weapons back.

ISIS did not find that to be in their best interests and attempted to kidnap Ambassador Stevens to force the Obamanation Administration to return those stinger missiles.

The GOP Establishment are 100 percent dragging their feet on the Benghazi Investigation because Boehner and McConnell were complicit with the Obamanation Administration, providing the Black Book funding for the operation.

We will never see the truth about this because too many very powerful politicians on both sides of the political isle were involved.

oscarwilde on October 1, 2015 at 3:37 PM

The statement is a big nothingburger. Don’t try overplaying a non-existent hand, Idiot.

I know that your side is scared of these hearings, but if they had any sense of honor they would appoint independent counsel to investigate all Hillary’s crimes.

blink on October 1, 2015 at 2:49 PM

I don’t think they’ve got anything to be scared of. The hearings are purely political. The Clintons are the definition of corruption itself, and yet nothing will ever be done. Things like disclosing classified information is only illegal when Republicans do it.

DFCtomm on October 1, 2015 at 3:37 PM

The statement is a big nothingburger. Don’t try overplaying a non-existent hand, Idiot.

heh. yeah, such a nothingburger that every republican is falling all over themselves trying to respond to it.

I know that your side is scared of these hearings, but if they had any sense of honor they would appoint independent counsel to investigate all Hillary’s crimes.

blink on October 1, 2015 at 2:49 PM

scared of what, exactly? that finally after 8 investigations and years of time wasted they’ll finally find some super secret email that condemns her for something or other?

are you serious?

everdiso on October 1, 2015 at 3:42 PM

everdiso, if Nixon had been a democrat you’d still be whining about the Watergate hearings.

Just gross

blink on October 1, 2015 at 2:52 PM

Nixon actually committed a crime, and watergate wasn’t the 8th investigation into the matter…

Tlaloc on October 1, 2015 at 3:24 PM

The difference between Watergate and Benghazi is actually very simple. With Watergate,

a) Only the Nixon Administration was involved.
b) Back then, the Republican Party still believed in Law and Order.
c) The Democrats had the power of the Mainstream Media from which to demand an investigation.

You of course are and always have been the worst sort of liar, anything to achieve what you mistakenly believe are your end goals. For you, “The End Justifies the Means” never mind the fact that if your masters ever achieve their end means, you will be one of the first eliminated.

A study of the Bolshevik Revolution would revel to you what would happen to you were your masters to achieve what they are trying to achieve, not that you have the required intellect to grasp what history has to report.

oscarwilde on October 1, 2015 at 3:43 PM

Sorry libtards. Cankles has lied about every single thing from the very beginning. She continues to lie.

This was money well spent to remind the public what a lying, corrupt, unethical, immoral lying sack of shit Hillary Clinton really is.

HumpBot Salvation on October 1, 2015 at 3:53 PM

scared of what, exactly? that finally after 8 investigations and years of time wasted they’ll finally find some super secret email that condemns her for something or other?

are you serious?

everdiso on October 1, 2015 at 3:42 PM

She’s already disclosed classified information. It’s a done deal, and if she wasn’t Hillary Clinton she would be prosecuted as David Petraeus was, but like I said, things like disclosing classified information is only a crime when a Republican does it.

DFCtomm on October 1, 2015 at 3:53 PM

The truth is brutal and simple. Benghazi is a consequence of the Obamanation Administration attempting to overthrow the government of Bashar Assad in Syria.

oscarwilde on October 1, 2015 at 3:37 PM

Truth and conspiracy theories rarely intersect.

Tlaloc on October 1, 2015 at 3:58 PM

A study of the Bolshevik Revolution would revel to you what would happen to you were your masters to achieve what they are trying to achieve, not that you have the required intellect to grasp what history has to report.

oscarwilde on October 1, 2015 at 3:43 PM

So you’re still screaming “COMMUNIST!” in a theater crowded with people who don’t care, huh?

Tlaloc on October 1, 2015 at 4:00 PM

oscarwilde on October 1, 2015 at 3:37 PM

Truth and conspiracy theories rarely intersect.

Tlaloc on October 1, 2015 at 3:58 PM

Sorry but the Department of Defense already admitted that this was the case. No conspiracy involved, well, other than the conspiracy that you have any intelligence or honesty.

oscarwilde on October 1, 2015 at 4:00 PM

oscarwilde on October 1, 2015 at 3:43 PM

So you’re still screaming “COMMUNIST!” in a theater crowded with people who don’t care, huh?

Tlaloc on October 1, 2015 at 4:00 PM

ROTFLMAO… Yea, you keep telling yourself that nobody cares. Shame we don’t still hang traitors. Which is not of course to say that we won’t be starting that practice again here in the near future. (Yea, I’d be checking under my bed before going to sleep if I were a traitor like you.

oscarwilde on October 1, 2015 at 4:03 PM

Time to start ignoring the witch hunt.

Tlaloc on October 1, 2015 at 2:37 PM

HELLO TLALOC ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL DAY IS UPON US BUT I STILL HAVE NOT BEEN INFORMED OF THE EXTENT OF MY OBLIGATION TO YOU AFTER QUESTIONS RAISED HERE EXPLORED HERE AND REITERATED HERE SO I’M HOPING YOU CAN CLEAR THIS MATTER UP FOR OUR MUTUAL BENEFIT KTHXBAI

The Schaef on October 1, 2015 at 4:17 PM

Sorry but the Department of Defense already admitted that this was the case. No conspiracy involved, well, other than the conspiracy that you have any intelligence or honesty.

oscarwilde on October 1, 2015 at 4:00 PM

Well then, case closed. Why the need for more investigations?

Tlaloc on October 1, 2015 at 4:19 PM

ROTFLMAO… Yea, you keep telling yourself that nobody cares. Shame we don’t still hang traitors. Which is not of course to say that we won’t be starting that practice again here in the near future. (Yea, I’d be checking under my bed before going to sleep if I were a traitor like you.

oscarwilde on October 1, 2015 at 4:03 PM

You really don’t scare me OW. Internet tough guys are far more pitiable than actually scary.

Tlaloc on October 1, 2015 at 4:20 PM

Tlaloc on October 1, 2015 / everdiso on October 1, 2015

…you guys need to come up for air!…you’re not sucking on each other anymore!……………you’re starting to slurp!

JugEarsButtHurt on October 1, 2015 at 4:22 PM

Well then, case closed. Why the need for more investigations?

Tlaloc on October 1, 2015 at 4:19 PM

I agree, time for prosecutions, but we know that isn’t going to happen. Hillary knows where too many bodies are buried, and so she’ll never face what normal people would face. The queen of corruption is secure, and safe from prosecution, but she may fail to gain the nomination, again.

DFCtomm on October 1, 2015 at 4:23 PM

oscarwilde on October 1, 2015 at 4:03 PM

You really don’t scare me OW. Internet tough guys are far more pitiable than actually scary.

Tlaloc on October 1, 2015 at 4:20 PM

ROTFLMAO….

a) I’m not trying to scare you (reality does that well enough).
b) I’m not a tough guy, internet or otherwise.

oscarwilde on October 1, 2015 at 4:29 PM

Hannity had McCarthy cornered for a answer as to how or what the republicans have done and this is what he spit out because he was groping for an answer to a question he had no good answer for.

Truth be told, they have surrendered on every substantive issue that has come before them.

It’s good for him and the rest of that caucus to feel that heat. Let’s keep reminding him of the names Cantor and Boehner and maybe, just maybe, the majority of them will get the message………….if we’re lucky.

nikophil on October 1, 2015 at 7:03 PM

McCarthy’s stumble out of the starting gate like an over-doped mare isn’t surprising to anyone who’s been paying attention to the pathetic GOP leadership.

Recall that moments after Bonehead announced his pending departure Mark Levin warned that McCarthy was “Eric Cantor with 10 less IQ points.” Stupid is as stupid does.

Jumpintimmy on October 1, 2015 at 9:43 PM