Dems Accuse GOP Leader McCarthy of Admitting This About the Benghazi Panel

Democrats on Wednesday accused House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of having admitted the Benghazi investigation committee was created to politically damage Hillary Clinton, after he seemed to link her dropping poll numbers to the committee’s work.

McCarthy, considered the front-runner to replace retiring Speaker John Boehner, made the remarks in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity Tuesday night. Describing how he would be different as speaker, McCarthy, R-Calif., said he’d be a “conservative speaker that takes a conservative Congress that puts a strategy to fight and win.”

He added: “And let me give you one example. 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. Why? Because she’s un-trustable. But no one would have known any of that had happened had we not …”

Democrats suggested his comments undermine claims by the committee’s leader and other Republicans that the panel is only seeking the truth about the deadly 2012 attacks at a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya.

“I appreciate Rep. McCarthy finally coming clean and admitting what we have all known all along: that the Benghazi Select Committee was designed and created as a political attack tool to damage a potential Democratic presidential nominee,” Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., a Benghazi committee member and top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, said in a statement. (Read more from “Dems Accuse GOP Leader McCarthy of Admitting This About the Benghazi Panel” HERE)

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