Former Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday testified before the House Select Committee on Benghazi about the unfortunate incident that claimed the lives of four Americans, including US Ambassador J Christopher Stephens at the US Embassy located in Benghazi, Libya. A recent CNN/ORC poll show 72 percent of Americans believe the Inquiry was being used to score political points against Mrs. Clinton a front line Democratic Presidential candidate, compared to 23 percent who said it was carrying out an “objective probe” of the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya.

The Benghazi Investigation is seen one of the most controversial in the left-of-the-centre circles due to the personality of Mrs Clinton, the main figure. The Republican-dominated Select Committee members are of the opinion that as Secretary of State Hillary did not respond to the security needs in Benghazi – the lack of which have been seen as contributing to the tragedy – Congress has convened seven prior Congressional committees to investigate the attack surrounding Benghazi, for a total of eight separate investigations.

The House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman, Trey Gowdy (Republican from South Carolina) has justifiably been under enormous political pressure of late, because of the recent embarrassing disclosures by two House members, including Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (Republican from California). McCarthy was forced to withdraw his name to succeed Speaker John Boehner (who resigned recently as Speaker) over his now-infamous admission that Gowdy’s Committee was seated with the skewed aim to investigate and weaken Mrs Clinton’s presidential ambition. Rep. Richard Hanna (Republican from New York) publicly admitted, “there was a big part of this investigation that was designed to go after an individual, Hillary Clinton.” In addition to these two Congressmen, a former staff of the Benghazi Committee Maj. Bradley Podliska, an intelligence officer in the Air Force Reserve who describes himself as a Conservative Republican, told CNN that “the Committee trained its sights almost exclusively on Clinton after the revelation last March that she used a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State. That new focus flipped a broad-based probe of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, into a partisan investigation.” Even as Gowdy was defending himself and his Committee, The Washington Post reported that Gowdy had taken money from a Tea Party-funded Stop Hillary PAC, which – gee – yesterday Gowdy announced he was returning the money.

Though recognizing the political nature of the House Select Committee, there seems to be a large element of those in the CNN poll who think that it’s OK for the Committee to show political bias in its investigation. Despite nearly three-quarters of people who believe the panel is looking to score political points – the same poll of some 500 adults, bizarrely found “51 percent of the respondents say the Republicans have handled the hearings appropriately, up from 48 percent in late May and early June.”  So for more than half of the folks polled, it appears appropriate for a majority party to use public funds to establish a Congressional committee to investigate a member of the opposing political party.

SOURCE: OCCUPY DEMOCRATS 

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