Nancy Pelosi rejected Republicans’ latest proposal for how the body’s select committee on Benghazi will operate, possibly putting Democratic participation in the process in jeopardy. Pelosi, California Democrat, sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner stating that his staff’s latest outline of the committee’s operations is “fundamentally unfair.”
Boehner, Ohio Republican, rejected a request earlier in the week from Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, to divide the committee equally between the two parties, but Democrats are still seeking assurances that they’ll have a say on subpoenas, depositions, and how information will be released by committee members and staff.
Pelosi wrote, “Regrettably, the proposal does not prevent the unacceptable and repeated abuses committed by Chairman Issa in any meaningful way, and we find it fundamentally unfair.”
Boehner announced the seven GOP members of the committee included Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, who will be the chairman and Reps. Susan Brooks of Indiana, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Mike Pompeo of Kansas, Martha Roby of Alabama, Peter Roskam of Illinois and Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia.
Pelosi had initially asked for equal representation from Democrats and Republicans on the committee, but the GOP rejected that, creating a panel that will include seven Republicans and five Democrats.
“I expect this committee to carry out an investigation worthy of the American lives lost in Benghazi,” Boehner said in a statement. “I also urge my Democratic colleagues to treat this tragedy with the proper respect and appoint members so that we can finally, on a bipartisan basis, get answers.”