Team Clinton ‘worried’ about #Benghazi investigation, pushed for Dems on panel

Posted by: ST on May 22, 2014 at 9:32 am
Hillary Clinton testifies on Benghazi

HIllary Clinton testifies on Benghazi. – January 2013

The Politico reports that in spite of the grandstanding of several House Democrats in response to the creation of the Benghazi special committee led by Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Team Clinton played a large role in getting them to agree to participate:

Hillary Clinton’s world was so worried about a Republican investigation of the Benghazi attacks, they sent a message to House Democrats: We need backup.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) publicly considered boycotting the panel, an idea that Clinton supporters feared would leave the potential 2016 candidate exposed to the enemy fire of House Republicans.

So Clinton emissaries launched a back channel campaign, contacting several House Democratic lawmakers and aides to say they’d prefer Democrats participate, according to sources familiar with the conversations. Pelosi’s staff said they have not heard from Clinton’s camp.

On Wednesday, Pelosi appointed five Democrats to the committee, giving Democrats another crucial mission in the months ahead of what was already a tough election year: act as Clinton’s first line of defense.


Clinton and her allies know from experience the kind of damage an emboldened Republican House committee can inflict.

If Clinton testifies, it will almost certainly be one of the blockbuster moments for the committee and an important prelude as she considers a second run for the White House.

Some Democrats are already worried that they have been too slow to prepare for the expected partisan battles on Benghazi. Republicans have been teeing up for months.

The Democrats on the committee may be able to blunt some of the damage, but I think it’s Clinton herself who will be her own worst enemy if called to testify.   When on the defensive, she comes off as such – taking the typical Clintonian attitude that she shouldn’t dare be called to account, that everything she does is “for the greater good” and shouldn’t be questioned … and that attitude shows in her responses, as it did the last time around.  

As always, stay tuned.

(Via Memeorandum)

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2 Responses to “Team Clinton ‘worried’ about #Benghazi investigation, pushed for Dems on panel”


  1. Carlos says:

    I’m very glad Gowdy is leading the charge here, but in my gut I fear he’s been in D.C. long enough to have been infected with swamp fever and the result will be lots of noise, some fireworks, but in the end “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” Gowdy recognizes how the game is played, may push the envelope to the edge, but won’t rock the boat to taking on water and sinking anyone.

  2. If Gowdy is smart he will read the perjury law, including punishments, to each prospective witness upon the completion of their swearing in just to keep seriousness in the forefront. Then let’s see what sort of dog-and-pony show the commiecrats attempt.

    The only arrow in their quiver at this juncture is “if you can’t fool them with facts, baffle them with bullsh*t.”

    Shrillary is about to get the overwhelmingly convincing answer to “what difference, at this point, does it make?”.