Hypocrites! Democrats on the House Select Committee on Benghazi shamelessly criticized the cost of the investigation while giving staffers bonuses.
While leveling attacks at Republicans for the increasing cost of the investigation, Democrat committee members have doled out thousands of dollars in bonuses to their staff, which critics say is undermining their argument.
Republican strategist Lisa Boothe told FoxNews.com, “This is the height of hypocrisy.”
Six Democratic staffers received a total of $33,600 at the end of 2014 and 2015, according to reports available to the public. Democrats have been critical of the investigation, which was established in May 2014, calling it a waste of time and repeatedly attacking Republicans for costing taxpayers nearly $6 million, according to Fox.
“Republicans continue to drag out this political charade closer to the 2016 presidential election,” ranking member Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said in January, “and the American taxpayers continue to pay the price.”
Republicans on the committee accused the Democrats last week of spending $2 million on what they called “politically motivated efforts to undermine and obstruct the investigation.”
“The Democrats on the committee want to criticize Republicans for investigating the deaths of four Americans to ensure a Benghazi style attack never happens again,” Boothe said, “but they have no problem doling out bonuses to their government staffers.”
A Democratic committee spokesman defended the bonuses by saying Democrats have fewer staff who do more work than the Republican staff, according to FoxNews.com.
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