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May 12, 2014 - 9:19 am

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a Friday news conference that Benghazi family members have contacted Democratic leadership to oppose the special committee established by a House vote last week.

Pelosi is still weighing whether Democrats will occupy their five seat on the panel.

“Our caucus is clearly among those who say, don’t have anything to do with it. It’s a kangaroo court. It’s been identified as such. Don’t dignify what they’re doing, others who say just send one person so we can see what they’re doing to the witnesses and have access to that testimony. And the third option is let’s see what they come back with in terms of the terms of engagement,” she told reporters.

“What we’ve asked for is that there is as much bipartisanship as possible. They already rejected an evenly divided committee, as the Ethics Committee is. They’ve already rejected that. We would have liked to have had that.”

Pelosi said she wants “standards” guaranteed by which “a Democrat needs to concur in the issuance of subpoenas, decisions to depose witnesses, and the decision to interview witnesses, and with the decision to release any report, document or information by the committee or by the staff of the committee.”

“These are places where, in the regular order of the standing committee — Gov Reform, where we have been led so magnificently by Elijah Cummings — that these are places where we really did not get the proper respect of the minority,” she added in reference to the high-profile clashes between Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

She said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called the other day and said, “I am very serious about this. I want this to be no circus, all that. And he said, so we should sit down and come to terms on that. Fine, I said, I can be there in a minute. He said, well, why doesn’t the staff go back and forth on this first, and then we’ll sit down. So when we sit down, we’ll see what that is and then make a decision as to how we proceed with that.”

“It’s very sad,” Pelosi added. “Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods — two of their families have called us and said, Please, don’t take us down this path again. It’s really hard for them. It’s very sad. So that’s what that is.”

ThinkProgress reported that Rep. Louise Slaughter’s  (D-N.Y.) office was contacted by “a family member from the maternal side of Tyrone Woods’ family” in support of her opposition to the committee.

In a floor speech, Slaughter protested that Congress has “bottomed-out on Benghazi.”

Woods’ father, though, attended the State of the Union as the guest of conservative Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) and told Sean Hannity that the formation of the select committee is “an answer to prayer.”

Pat Smith, mother of victim Sean Smith, told a House committee last year that the administration “all lied” about circumstances behind her son’s death.

Bridget Johnson is a career 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 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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The MOST 'guilty' perpetrators ARE the most STRIDENT in condemning any investigations into THEIR own wrongdoing.................. The LOUDER and more STRIDENT the condemnations of the investigation are, the more GUILTY one gives the impression of being...................
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There might be a voice she hears and considers a Benghazi family member. I'm told people like her often her voices that nobody else hears.
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female solipsism

The hamster is strong in the Pelosi. And in the women in some of the victims' families.

Ignore them and do the right thing anyway.
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I smell hush money. Can't miss that scent.
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Given her demands there would never be a subpoena issued.One side wants to discover the facts and the other wants them to remain hidden,I hope boner is smarter than that or it is an exercise in futility.
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Perhaps Ms. Pelosi can direct these family members to talk with Mr. Gowdy. Oh wait, these people don't exist.. Never mind.
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Why would they approach Pelosi when the Republican majority in the House decides whether there be a select committee or no?
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To create more distractions from the primary issues at stake. But you knew that.
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The MOST 'guilty' perpetrators ARE the most STRIDENT in condemning any investigations into THEIR own wrongdoing.................. The LOUDER and more STRIDENT the condemnations of the investigation are, the more GUILTY one gives the impression of being...................
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The hit dog hollers the most.
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Oh, right. The families get to decide, like it's a "private matter." Got it.
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She's in for a big surprise. This one goes way beyond out of touch and goes all the way into senility.
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female solipsism

The hamster is strong in the Pelosi. And in the women in some of the victims' families.

Ignore them and do the right thing anyway.
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How do you know it's the women? It's someone from the maternal side of the family. It could be an uncle.

If my son had been killed, I'd be in Benghazi kicking jihadi butt and taking names.
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Doesn't matter. It's from the mother's side. White knights abound and do what women tell them. Either way, it's the women.
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You call *that* proof?
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I don't think that Pelosi spoke to any Benghazi family member.
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The article says something about some relative on the mother's side of Tyrone Woods' family who contacted Louise Slaughter.

Doesn't that sound a bit tenuous..?
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There might be a voice she hears and considers a Benghazi family member. I'm told people like her often her voices that nobody else hears.
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*hear
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Not to worry my friend. We ALL miss a key now and then. ;-}
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