Senate Democrats have a possible way to get Republicans to take responsibility for the massive waste of time and taxpayer dollars that is the 18-month long investigation into Benghazi. They’ve sent a letter to the Republican National Committee demanding that the party reimburse the taxpayers for that waste.
According to CBS News, the letter, which was signed by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), said, in part:
Due to the political nature of the committee, we believe it is inappropriate that a reported 4.7 million taxpayer dollars were used to finance its operations and that the RNC subsequently orchestrated numerous fundraising opportunities in its wake. Therefore, we urge the RNC to fully reimburse the U.S. taxpayer and cease all fundraising opportunities linked to the Select Committee.
CBS reports that they also said:
It is clear from these candid comments and public reports that the Select Committee on Benghazi has retreated from the pursuit of the facts and instead is operating a political opposition machine against Secretary Clinton,” they said. “Therefore, the continued use of taxpayer funds is wholly inappropriate.
It isn’t just the political witch-hunt. It’s also the fact that they’ve spent more than the budget of the House Intelligence Committee on this, and they haven’t turned anything up. Yes, U.S. Congressman and Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said that they had Ambassador Chris Stevens’ emails now, and those showed that he asked the State Department for more help. The way he spoke made it sound like this was some kind of smoking-gun revelation. However, we’ve known for practically forever that Stevens had asked for more security, and that the State Department had turned him down.
From the beginning, Gowdy has insisted that his investigation would stay above board, and above politics. That’s never happened. Allegations of everything from committee Republicans excluding Democrats from key witness interviews, to firing a staffer for refusing to target Hillary, to statements from some Republicans that one of the committee’s successes is bringing Hillary down in the polls, has mired the committee in scandal.
Worse, Gowdy is guilty of altering documents to try and prove that Hillary kept sensitive information on an unsecure server. The CIA did not deem any information the committee tried to redact as sensitive, which gave the lie to the committee’s insistence that Hillary had mishandled that information.
We even have Donald Trump saying that he was looking forward to Hillary’s testimony right up until it appeared that Gowdy was veering away from his focus on Hillary. Trump actually wanted the committee to be targeting Hillary, and he thinks Republicans will be upset that they’re steering away.
Hillary is set to testify before the committee today. How can the Republicans on that committee sit there and ask her questions, as if this is a legit investigation, with everything that’s come to light? It’s time to put this whole thing to rest and disband the committee. The RNC, or maybe Congress itself, owes the American people an apology and some form of reimbursement for the time and money wasted on this pointless endeavor.
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