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Nancy Pelosi names Democrats for Benghazi panel
« on: May 21, 2014, 02:24:01 PM »
http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=73D454E3-294E-4AE0-9BD8-F2984DD53E47

 Nancy Pelosi names Democrats for Benghazi panel
By: Jake Sherman and Lauren French
May 21, 2014 11:27 AM EDT

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — after a heated debate over the issue within her caucus — officially tapped five Democrats to the special committee charged with investigating the Benghazi attacks.

Democratic Reps. Elijah Cummings (Md.), Adam Smith (Wash.), Adam Schiff (Calif.), Linda Sanchez (Calif.) and Tammy Duckworth (Ill.) will serve on the panel, which is headed by South Carolina Republican Trey Gowdy.

Cummings of Maryland will serve as the select committee’s ranking member. The lead Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, Cummings has often served as a sparring partner over Benghazi with Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).



Smith, Schiff and Duckworth have responsibilities related to defense and foreign service as part of their other committee assignments.

The announcement comes after Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) met for an hour Tuesday to negotiate over the probe.

Appointing Democrats to the panel marks a departure for Pelosi, who initially didn’t want to dignify the committee by naming any Democrats to it. Her perspective changed, however, after fellow Democrats said she should appoint at least a few Democrats to sit on it in order to counter claims by Republicans. Some Democrats also felt the party should be represented if Republicans subpoena high-level Obama administration officials, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The committee, which the House agreed to create earlier this month in a party-line vote, created seven seats for Republicans and five for Democrats.



Smith, Schiff and Duckworth have responsibilities related to defense and foreign service as part of their other committee assignments.

The announcement comes after Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) met for an hour Tuesday to negotiate over the probe.

Appointing Democrats to the panel marks a departure for Pelosi, who initially didn’t want to dignify the committee by naming any Democrats to it. Her perspective changed, however, after fellow Democrats said she should appoint at least a few Democrats to sit on it in order to counter claims by Republicans. Some Democrats also felt the party should be represented if Republicans subpoena high-level Obama administration officials, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The committee, which the House agreed to create earlier this month in a party-line vote, created seven seats for Republicans and five for Democrats.

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Re: Nancy Pelosi names Democrats for Benghazi panel
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2014, 02:58:59 PM »
Elijah,

...his purpose be to sho da whole thing be rasis.

So Trey and his side must be entirely businesslike and factual. And keep going.
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Re: Nancy Pelosi names Democrats for Benghazi panel
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2014, 03:19:58 PM »
Elijah,

...his purpose be to sho da whole thing be rasis.

So Trey and his side must be entirely businesslike and factual. And keep going.

 His job is to throw big showy tantrums and waste the panel's time until the public tires of it all.
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Re: Nancy Pelosi names Democrats for Benghazi panel
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2014, 04:06:28 PM »
His job is to throw big showy tantrums and waste the panel's time until the public tires of it all.

I don't think he's going to get a lot of opportunity to do that on this kind of committee. At least I hope not!

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Re: Nancy Pelosi names Democrats for Benghazi panel
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2014, 04:40:56 PM »
No Alan Grayson?

Well, that's disappointing.
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Re: Nancy Pelosi names Democrats for Benghazi panel
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2014, 05:50:21 PM »
I don't think he's going to get a lot of opportunity to do that on this kind of committee. At least I hope not!

You and me both.  Adam Smith (D. Wa) has a large constituency in and around Ft. Pierce....lots of retired military in his District that understand Benghazi all too well.  He's a good pick for the Committee and a sign that Pelousy did not get her way. 

Cummings is the loudmouth obstructionist, but I think the other Democrats may be more inclined to get down to business with staff, out of the public eye, and find out what was really going on.  I believe there are more Democrats than any of them will admit who see Benghazi as a major threat to the Party if half of what has been rumored actually went on.  I think Democrats like Smith are smart enough to know that they need to be seen on the right side of this one, and cannot leave this to the usual suspects in the Pelousy crowd.

Let's see how this proceeds...


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Re: Nancy Pelosi names Democrats for Benghazi panel
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2014, 06:09:38 PM »

Cummings is the loudmouth obstructionist...


Makes one wonder... does this guy not realize what he is or is he just so impressed to have a place at the trough that he doesn't care?

Inquiring minds want to know...

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Re: Nancy Pelosi names Democrats for Benghazi panel
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2014, 06:25:57 PM »
No Alan Grayson?

Well, that's disappointing.


He's busy with his second job.

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Re: Nancy Pelosi names Democrats for Benghazi panel
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2014, 06:35:38 PM »
I'll be surprised if either Smith (for the reasons Chief laid out) or Duckworth (Team mates first - scum second) really toe the Dem line on this.
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Re: Nancy Pelosi names Democrats for Benghazi panel
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2014, 07:58:41 PM »
Why is it that instead of being investigated for criminal misconduct, ( Elijah Cummings colluding with the IRS) and running interference for the Democrats .. He is on this committee? :shrug:

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Re: Nancy Pelosi names Democrats for Benghazi panel
« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2014, 08:01:25 PM »
Why is it that instead of being investigated for criminal misconduct, ( Elijah Cummings colluding with the IRS) and running interference for the Democrats .. He is on this committee? :shrug:

That's an interesting question.  Gowdy should oppose the appointment, if only to remind spectators of the conflict of character.
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Re: Nancy Pelosi names Democrats for Benghazi panel
« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2014, 08:27:19 PM »
Cummings will be the one the MSM goes to for sound bites. 

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Re: Nancy Pelosi names Democrats for Benghazi panel
« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2014, 08:30:44 PM »
Cummings will be the one the MSM goes to for sound bites.

I'm not getting the same feeling here.

IMO, a lot of the DEMS have reached the point where they are thinking of their own political skins.

Obama will NOT recover from this.
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Re: Nancy Pelosi names Democrats for Benghazi panel
« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2014, 10:17:45 PM »
You know... Apart from Cummings, these are credible people from their side of the aisle.  Maybe, just maybe... Boehner dug in.  We'll never know, but... hmmm.
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Re: Nancy Pelosi names Democrats for Benghazi panel
« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2014, 11:36:21 PM »
Democrats are nervous.  They're starting to crack.
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