House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced Wednesday that Democrats would participate in the select committee to investigate the Benghazi attack.
“What happened in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, was a tragedy – for the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives, for America’s diplomatic corps, for all Americans,” Pelosi said. “Unfortunately, the Republican obsession with Benghazi has not been about the victims or their families or our country.”
The process should be “in as fair and open and balanced a way as possible,” she said, adding that it “simply would not be possible” if left only to the Republicans.
Democrats joining the committee will be Reps. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, Adam Smith of Washington, Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, and Adam B. Schiff and Linda Sánchez of California, Pelosi said.
Notably absent from the list was Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., who said earlier in the week that he wanted to be the Republicans’ “worst nightmare” on the committee.
Pelosi later criticized the committee on social media, tweeting this:
The Select Committee is a shameful attempt to politicize the Benghazi tragedy. That is why Dems must participate—to stand up for the truth.
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) May 21, 2014
While a few responded by blasting the GOP, the majority of responses were critical of the minority leader, including these tweets:
@NancyPelosi if the Democrats would have stood up for the truth from day one, U guys wouldn’t be IN this mess to begin with
— ParaSiempreSelena (@ChavaAyanna) May 21, 2014
@NancyPelosi Silly Nancy. Why are all the democrats always wanting to keep the truth from the people? So many morons running this country
— Jordan May (@Jordan_May7) May 21, 2014
— Defund NPR PBS & NEA (@Jarjarbug) May 21, 2014
— AsilisArt (@AsilisArt) May 21, 2014
One simple response summed up what many Americans are thinking:
@NancyPelosi how do you sleep good at night?
— Brad Cooney (@bradcooney1) May 21, 2014
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