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March 28, 2014 - 6:13 am

All 17 Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have called on Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to end the “partisan” investigation into the Benghazi attack “and begin focusing instead on conducting responsible oversight to implement constructive reforms.”

The Dems, led by ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), charged that the probe “has been characterized by wild and unsubstantiated political accusations that turn out to be completely inaccurate.” They proceeded to outline those instances in the five-page letter.

“Continuing this reckless pattern of launching wholly unfounded accusations on national television — and racking up more and more Pinocchios in the process — is undermining the credibility of our Committee and the seriousness of our work,” they wrote. “Your approach repeatedly has called into question the integrity of our military and diplomatic personnel who are charged with executing our nation’s missions and policies overseas.”

“…The Committee has held three hearings, conducted 27 transcribed interviews and depositions, organized several partisan delegations to Libya, issued two Republican staff reporters, and reviewed tens of thousands of pages of documents… We believe it is time for the Committee to turn to constructive efforts to ensure that the [Accountability Review Board's] recommendations are fully implemented in order to protect our diplomatic corps overseas.”

Reaction to the Oversight Dems’ call spilled over into the Senate, where proponents of a hearty Benghazi investigation said Americans are still entitled to a full accounting of the Sept. 12, 2012, attack.

“I wish Democrats would show some interest in how and why President Obama and Susan Rice got it so wrong about the true nature of the Benghazi attack. I wish Democrats would show a little interest about why Secretary Clinton was clueless about the multiple security requests coming from Benghazi and how she allowed our mission to become a death trap,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). “I wish Democrats would show a little interest in finding out whether Mike Morell, the former #2 at the CIA, lied to Congress and the American people about a protest that never happened. Democrats seem to be more interested in protecting the Obama Administration than they are in getting the truth.”

“If Republicans win a Senate majority in 2014, one of the first things I will insist on is hearings that actually get to the bottom of what happened before, during, and after the Benghazi attack. The families of those who lost loved ones, and the American people, deserve nothing less than a full accounting.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Continuing this reckless pattern of launching wholly unfounded accusations on national television — and racking up more and more Pinocchios in the process...

Good God, do these people think anyone is taking "Pinocchios" seriously? Pinocchios are now a logical argument in the public sphere?
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...the credibility of our Committee and the seriousness of our work,”...

Cover-ups are hard. Or should be. What exactly do they do?
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"Democrats seem to be more interested in protecting the Obama Administration than they are in getting the truth."

The truth is the last thing that Democrats are interested in. Advancing the agenda - the destruction of the United States - trumps everything.
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Think of the 'huge scandals' of the previous Administration. When it comes to Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the IRS oppression of the Tea Party - the only question seems to be - can you pin it directly on Obama. If not, it's no scandal. Y'think Bush and Rummy would have gotten away with that defense on Abu Ghraib - they didn't personally put the underpants on the guys head? That was a Page One story in the NYT for 37 straight days.
Remember when Bush was responsible for everything, up to and including hurricanes and floods? This Administration is responsible for nothing.
Remember when our troops lost in action were memorialized every day on the front pages of the NYT and the WaPo and the rest of the big papers? That practice seems to have abruptly ended, along with the "Anti-War/Peace Movement" on 1/20/09. Meanwhile, we have lost 3X as many KIA in Afghanistan in five years under this Administration than we did under seven years and four months under Bush. Where are all the peaceniks? What happened to "the war we have to win"?
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He's black and his father and mother never loved him. He can be blamed for nothing.
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Cummings makes me sick. Four men were murdered, our government did nothing to protect them or save them, and Obama and Clinton lied about the cause. It sickens me that his only qualification for his office is the color of his skin.
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Continuing this reckless pattern of launching wholly unfounded accusations on national television — and racking up more and more Pinocchios in the process...

Good God, do these people think anyone is taking "Pinocchios" seriously? Pinocchios are now a logical argument in the public sphere?
30 weeks ago
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...the credibility of our Committee and the seriousness of our work,”...

Cover-ups are hard. Or should be. What exactly do they do?
30 weeks ago
30 weeks ago Link To Comment
"Democrats seem to be more interested in protecting the Obama Administration than they are in getting the truth."

The truth is the last thing that Democrats are interested in. Advancing the agenda - the destruction of the United States - trumps everything.
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