Pelosi: Benghazi panel should be 'truly bipartisan'


McClatchy Washington Bureau

Democrats should be equally represented on a special congressional Benghazi committee, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday.

“If this review is to be fair, it must be truly bipartisan,” the California Democrat said in a statement. “The panel should be equally divided between Democrats and Republicans as is done on the House Ethics Committee. It should require that witnesses are called and interviewed, subpoenas are issued, and information is shared on a bipartisan basis. Only then could it be fair.”

Republicans have been eager to create the panel, and Monday, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, named South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy to chair the committee.

Some Democrats have been reluctcant to participate, noting that other congressional panels have studied the Sept. 11, 2012 incident in Libya. Four Americans were killed, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya.

“The attacks in Benghazi were a tragedy and we join the families of those who died in continuing to mourn their loss. As we go forward, we should always act in a manner respectful of their loss and to prevent future loss of life,” Pelosi said. “There has been a review at the State Department by the Accountability Review Board. There were two bipartisan reviews in the United States Senate, and four partisan reviews in the House of Representatives.”

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