Boehner won’t criticize GOP fundraising tied to Benghazi panel


McClatchy Washington Bureau

The Republicans’ congressional campaign committee is seeking donations as it blogs about the creation of a new committee to investigate the 2012 Benghazi attacks.

Democrats--and some Republicans--have been critical. But House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, wouldn’t give a direct answer Thursday when asked whether it’s appropriate.

Here’s the Q and A at his weekly news conference:

QUESTION: Four Americans died in Benghazi. Should the NRCC (National Republican Congressional Committee) fund-raise off your effort of the select committee?

BOEHNER: Our focus is on getting the answers to those families who lost their loved ones, period.

QUESTION: But should the NRCC seize -- they're fund-raising out there right now. Is that...

BOEHNER: Our focus -- our focus is getting the truth for these four families and for the American people.

QUESTION: But the campaign committee became -- are very involved in just fund-raising off of this. Why is that happening?

BOEHNER: Our focus is on getting the truth for the American people and these four families.

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