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May 12, 2014 - 8:04 am

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told Fox he selected “bright, energetic and people committed to getting to the facts” for the special committee on Benghazi because “I don’t want theater; I don’t want a sideshow.”

Along with Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) as chairman, Boehner named Reps. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas), Martha Roby (R-Ala.), Pete Roskam (R-Ill.), and Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) to the panel. Democrats are still deciding whether they’ll fill their five seats.

“The way the House operates, the majority has more members. And as a result, on each of the committees we have more members,” Boehner said. “Now Leader Pelosi, when she created the so-called climate change committee, you know, it was — I think it was eight to five or nine to six, somewhere in that range, which is very typical for what happens here in the House.”

“We’ve had four committees working on this for the last 20 months and they have done a very good job,” he said, adding that lines were “crossed” that made him acquiesce to members’ requests for a select committee.

“One is when it became clear that the White House was more engaged in how this was going to be described than they had previously admitted to. And secondly there were some documents that were turned over to Judicial Watch as a result of a FOIA request that had not been turned over via a subpoena that the Congress had issued to the administration,” Boehner said. “Two serious mistakes, in my view, that where they told me they’re not going to be honest with us and it was time to bring all of these investigations into one place.”

He predicted the committee will focus on a few things. “The events leading up to 9/11, 2012, the requests — the number of requests for more security and why it was not provided. Then obviously the events of the night of September 11, 2012, what happened, why there was no response. And then thirdly, why did the White House describe this in a way I believe they knew was false?”

“All the committees that have worked on the investigation are going to be required to turn over all of their documents, committee records, notes, work product to the select committee. So all the documents will be in one place. And it will be up to the select committee to review all those documents and to make decisions about how to proceed,” he added.

When asked if there will be a special committee established to investigate the IRS scandal, Boehner replied, “The contempt charge has gone to the attorney general. And it’s up to the attorney general, Eric Holder, to prosecute this. And to assign someone to prosecute the case. Now will they do it? We don’t know. But ball is in his court.”

When asked if the House was willing to arrest Lois Lerner, Boehner was unwilling.

“There is a provision in the Constitution that has never been used. And so that’s a — I’m not quite sure that we want to get on that path,” he said. “…I’m not the historian here. But it has never been used. And I’m not sure that it’s an appropriate way to go about this. It’s up to Eric Holder to do his job.”

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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“There is a provision in the Constitution that has never been used."
Not true. The Senate jailed someone in 1934, and the jailing was held up by the SCOTUS in Jurney v. MacCracken (1935).

There's your precedent, John. Do it.
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"I Don’t Want a Sideshow"

DC is a circus. Clowns and Freaks all the way down.
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Definitely Freaks.

Look at how every GOP Hopeful sits at the table and drinks from the Establishment's Loving Cup.

"One of us! One of us! Gooble, gobble! Gooble, gobble!"
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‘I Don’t Want Theater, I Don’t Want a Sideshow’"

I'm reminded of a line from a novel I read many years ago. I think it fits very well here.

The antagonist was a Democrat Senator who had made a career of getting in the way of our military in many different ways, while pretending to be a patriot, of course. During a hearing, Our Hero, a really good Admiral, was being grilled by said Senator, who yammered many flowery words about how said Senator would do whatever it took to ensure the best for America. (Meaning, of course, he was willing to crucify the Admiral.)

To which our hero replied:

"If that is your splendid purpose, sir, may I suggest that you cut your throat?"


John Boehner IS theater.


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Speaker Boehner may say he doesn't want a sideshow or a circus. He knows that the most careful, thoughtful investigation will become one. The closer it gets to the truth, I think, the worse the truth will look and the more of a freak show we're going to get.
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“There is a provision in the Constitution that has never been used."
Not true. The Senate jailed someone in 1934, and the jailing was held up by the SCOTUS in Jurney v. MacCracken (1935).

There's your precedent, John. Do it.
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Ah, but you see, that would require two things that Mr. Boehner does not have:

1. Principles.
2. Courage.

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I'd like to think Boehner will do it but he won't.
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Too bad, John.

The Demoncrats won't allow it to be anything BUT a side show.
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