Plouffe: 'Bogus' Benghazi panel unnecessary
By CAITLIN EMMA |
5/4/14 11:12 AM EDT
Former White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe said Sunday that another Republican-led committee to investigate the 2012 attacks on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya is "bogus."
And if Republicans stay mired in the investigation instead of a positive agenda, he said, it will hurt them in this fall's midterm elections
"This has been politicized like we’ve never seen before," Plouffe said on ABC's "This Week." There’s a loud delusional minority and no conspiracy theory exists, he said.
House Republicans ramped up their investigation of the Benghazi attacks last week after internal White House emails prompted conservatives to accuse the Obama administration of not taking the attack seriously. House GOP leaders now plan to convene a select committee to investigate the attacks. And House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) even subpoenaed Secretary of State John Kerry to testify.
Plouffe said it wasn't a mistake that the White House emails weren't released earlier and delusional accusations are being stoked by the "talk radio personalities on Fox News."
"What ought to be done here is not another bogus committee, but real work to protect our agencies," he said.
But former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) said, "There’s a firestorm out there across America among Republicans who don’t think we’ve taken this issue on ... [Speaker of the House John Boehner] has no choice but to move forward on this."
The Benghazi investigation will likely hurt Democrats in November midterms and in the 2016 presidential election, Santorum said.