Democrats have seized on House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s comments tying Hillary Clinton’s declining poll numbers to the Benghazi investigation as evidence that the congressional panel’s examination is a veiled political attack on the Democratic candidate for president.
McCarthy, widely viewed as the frontrunner to succeed retiring Speaker John Boehner when House leadership elections are held Oct. 8, said in an interview Tuesday on Fox News that Clinton was “untrustable” in a large part because of the committee’s work.
“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 untrustable,” McCarthy said in reference to Clinton’s role in events surrounding the 2012 terrorist attack. “No one would have known any of what happened had we not fought and made that happen.”
Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon blasted the remark as “a damning display of honesty.”
“Kevin McCarthy just confessed that the committee set up to look into the deaths of four brave Americans at Benghazi is a taxpayer-funded sham. This confirms Americans’ worst suspicions about what goes on in Washington,” Fallon said in a statement.
The committee was created more than a year ago to consolidate and further previous congressional investigations into the September 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya. But since the committee was formed, Democrats have continually argued that it is merely a political tool intended to harm Clinton. They piled on the criticism Wednesday in response to McCarthy’s remarks.
“This stunning concession from Rep. McCarthy reveals the truth that Republicans never dared admit in public: The core Republican goal in establishing the Benghazi Committee was always to damage Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and never to conduct an evenhanded search for the facts,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the committee. “It is shameful that Republicans have used this tragedy and the deaths of our fellow Americans for political gain.”
A “gaffe” in Washington is when politicians slip and tell the truth. The Benghazi witch hunt has been obvious since the beginning. Now the truth has finally been told. Interestingly enough, McCarthy got rattled by Sean Hannity. You would think they would be on the same side. Do we also thank Hannity for this gaffe and exposure to the truth?
What does “untrustable” mean? Is that a made-up word? Is Kevin McCarthy ready for the major leagues? Will he take over as speaker of the house? Will he be allowed to sit at the grown ups table?
Most of us who are not Republican have known all along that the manufactured Benghazi hype was just that—a sad incident being used to kill off a strong political candidate, regardless of cost. Shame! Shame! Shame on those who would exploit the death of Americans for political gain.
Kevin McCarthy just said what the rest of us knew.