New Dem Benghazi strategy floated: boycott Select Committee

Thomas Lifson
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) has unveiled the latest desperation tactic of the Democrats as the Benghazi scandal cover-up comes into clearer focus. Interviewed on Fox News Sunday, he suggested that Democrats should boycott the Select Committee hearings under Rep. Trey Gowdy’s chairmanship. Fox News:

The call for a boycott was made earlier by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., during an interview on "Fox News Sunday." He was responding to House Speaker John Boehner's announcement Friday that the House would vote on a select committee to investigate Benghazi. 

The congressman said Democrats should not give the select committee more "credibility" by joining, dismissing new evidence that Republicans have called a "smoking gun" showing the White House politicized the tragedy. 

"I think it's a colossal waste of time," said Schiff, also a member of the intelligence panel. "I don't think it makes sense, really, for Democrats to participate."

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) blasted the suggestion:

King, speaking afterward with Fox News, said this would be a "mistake" for Democrats as it would show they "cannot defend the administration." 

"If Democrats boycott this committee, refuse to take part, the American people are going to conclude, and I think quite rightly, that they feel they have something to hide," King said. 

Schiff’s suggestion appears to be a trial balloon, as he stated that he has not spoken with the House Democrat leadership:

 Schiff, who called the select committee a "tremendous red herring," acknowledged he doesn't know what Democratic leadership will decide. 

Democrats have already tried the strategy of denouncing hearings as partisan and a waste of time, and this has failed. As long as there is more evidence to come (and there is), pretending that the deaths of four Americans and lies about those deaths and their cause makes no difference simply won’t fly.

Now, Pelosi and company are on the spot.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) has unveiled the latest desperation tactic of the Democrats as the Benghazi scandal cover-up comes into clearer focus. Interviewed on Fox News Sunday, he suggested that Democrats should boycott the Select Committee hearings under Rep. Trey Gowdy’s chairmanship. Fox News:

The call for a boycott was made earlier by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., during an interview on "Fox News Sunday." He was responding to House Speaker John Boehner's announcement Friday that the House would vote on a select committee to investigate Benghazi. 

The congressman said Democrats should not give the select committee more "credibility" by joining, dismissing new evidence that Republicans have called a "smoking gun" showing the White House politicized the tragedy. 

"I think it's a colossal waste of time," said Schiff, also a member of the intelligence panel. "I don't think it makes sense, really, for Democrats to participate."

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) blasted the suggestion:

King, speaking afterward with Fox News, said this would be a "mistake" for Democrats as it would show they "cannot defend the administration." 

"If Democrats boycott this committee, refuse to take part, the American people are going to conclude, and I think quite rightly, that they feel they have something to hide," King said. 

Schiff’s suggestion appears to be a trial balloon, as he stated that he has not spoken with the House Democrat leadership:

 Schiff, who called the select committee a "tremendous red herring," acknowledged he doesn't know what Democratic leadership will decide. 

Democrats have already tried the strategy of denouncing hearings as partisan and a waste of time, and this has failed. As long as there is more evidence to come (and there is), pretending that the deaths of four Americans and lies about those deaths and their cause makes no difference simply won’t fly.

Now, Pelosi and company are on the spot.