Boehner names GOP members of Benghazi panel; Democrats wait


McClatchy Washington Bureau

Six Republicans were named Friday to join Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., on the new special committee probing the 2012 Benghazi attacks.

Democrats have not named their five members--and there’s division within the House Democratic Caucus whether they should. Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Caif., told reporters Friday she is waiting to hear from Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, about the terms under which the minority can participate.

Boehner’s office said he has responded, but provided no details.

The speaker did issue this statement: “This investigation is about getting answers for the families of the victims and for the American people. These members have each demonstrated a commitment to this goal, and I have confidence that they will lead a serious, fact-based inquiry.

“As I have expressed to each of them, I expect this committee to carry out an investigation worthy of the American lives lost in Benghazi. I also urge my Democratic colleagues to treat this tragedy with the proper respect and appoint members so that we can finally, on a bipartisan basis, get answers, provide accountability, and help deliver justice. It is critical that this committee do its work in a focused, timely manner, so that the House can continue to make the economy and job creation its priorities.”

The Republican members of the Select Committee will be:

Rep. Susan Brooks, R-Ind.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. Chairman

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio

Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kansas

Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala.

Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill.

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga.

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