The House of Representatives Select Committee on the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi is all about attacking Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers, admits a senior Republican.
Current House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told Fox News host Sean Hannity during an interview on Monday night that the Select Committee, chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) that Clinton’s dropping poll numbers are evidence of the effectiveness of the committee.
McCarthy, who is reportedly running to take over for recently deposed House Speaker John Boehner, told Hannity:
“Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi Special Committee — a Select Committee — what are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping.”
It is a tacit admission by the second most powerful Republican in the House that the Committee’s true goal is taking out Secretary Clinton as a presidential candidate.
Republicans have tried to pretend as if the committee has no connection to politics, but a committee theoretically about a terrorist attack has morphed into the longest congressional investigation in U.S. history, longer than the probe into the Watergate break-in and the assassination of President Kennedy. At the same time, the committee is now obsessed with Clinton’s emails, and not the attack itself – which has been probed in numerous investigations in the House, Senate, and State Department.
Those investigations found fault with security at the compound, but have found no wrongdoing by senior officials like President Obama or Secretary Clinton, much to the chagrin of Republicans. Instead those bipartisan investigations have made recommendations for security of diplomatic officials, rather than assign partisan blame.
Gowdy’s committee has summoned Secretary Clinton to appear before it, while insisting this has nothing to do with her presidential campaign.
McCarthy’s slip of the tongue while promoting his campaign for Speaker to Fox News’ conservative audience has accidentally revealed the true purpose of the taxpayer funded investigation: Preventing Hillary Clinton from becoming president by trying to drive her poll numbers down.
It is unusual for a Washington operation like this to be exposed for the partisan witchhunt it is in such bold terms, but Rep. McCarthy’s own words have now confirmed what many Democrats have been saying for months. Now, it remains to be seen if the mainstream media will simply report what Rep. McCarthy has admitted on national television.
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