During debate in the House over the Republican plan to establish a select committee to investigate the Benghazi attack, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) opened up on how Republicans have used the attack for political purposes. In a fiery speech, Cummings attacked Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and his party for using “the deaths of four Americans” for fundraising purposes.
Cummings began by savaging the GOP for issuing the “reckless accusation” that Sec. Hillary Clinton personally denied requests for more security at the Benghazi outpost. “When we located the cable, however, we discovered that the Republican report distorted the facts,” he said.
“This report was issued under the direction of the Speaker. It was posted on his website, and it was prepared only for members of the House Republican conference,” Cummings continued. “How is this a bipartisan search for the truth?”
Cummings added that Democratic members have been excluded from fact-finding missions to Libya and have been denied equal access to witnesses. “How is that bipartisan?” he asked again.
“Republicans have also been doing something worse,” Cummings added. “They have been using the deaths of these four Americans for political campaign fundraising. I call on the Speaker of the House to end that process right now.”
Cummings closed by saying the Congress needs to establish a committee that “seeks the facts before drawing conclusions, rather than the other way around.”
Watch the clip below via C-SPAN:
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