Democrats to decide Friday on their Benghazi panel participation

House Democrats will meet Friday morning to discuss whether to appoint lawmakers to the select committee investigating Benghazi. …

But in Democratic circles — in private meetings, and conversations throughout the Capitol — the tide has turned. …

The scene in the Democratic whip meeting Thursday illustrated that dynamic. It was clear there that Democrats are beginning to see the upside in having representation on the panel.

Both Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the top Democrat on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), who chaired the Oversight and Energy and Commerce committees, spoke in favor of appointing Democrats. They both mentioned Clinton, and Waxman also mentioned the prospect of National Security Adviser Susan Rice testifying.