Benghazi Hearings Were Politically Motivated, Second Republican Admits
Richard Hanna, a congressman from Upstate New York, may have confirmed those beliefs. He said on a radio appearance this week that the intention was never to uncover the missteps that led to the attack, but rather to go after Clinton.
Hanna’s admission comes after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy admitted last month that dropping Clinton’s poll numbers was an aim of the Benghazi committee.
“Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee, what are her numbers today?” McCarthy told Fox News host Sean Hannity. “Her numbers are dropping, why? Because she’s untrustable. But no one would have known any of that had happened.”
McCarthy ended up walking back his comments, saying he did not mean to imply that the sole purpose of the Benghazi hearings was to politically attack Clinton.
“Sometimes the biggest sin you can commit in D.C. is to tell the truth,” Hanna said.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign immediately seized on Hanna’s comment, saying it proves that the committee has no credibility. In doing so, she also appears to be attempting to undercut what could be a major line of attack for a Republican presidential candidate should Clinton secure the Democratic nomination.
“House Republicans aren’t even shy anymore about admitting that the Benghazi Committee is a partisan farce,” campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said in a statement (via the Huffington Post). “After failing to produce any new information on the tragic 2012 attacks at Benghazi despite a 17-month investigation, John Boehner has reportedly urged the committee to shift its focus to Hillary Clinton’s emails in an ongoing effort to try to hurt her politically. Hillary Clinton will still attend next week’s hearing, but at this point, Trey Gowdy’s inquiry has zero credibility left.”
Clinton was seen by many as the winner of the debate, with many believing her strong performance will keep Vice President Joe Biden from entering the race.