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Harry Reid falsely calls Benghazi a 'debunked' right-wing conspiracy theory

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., falsely calls Benghazi a debunked right-wing conspiracy, attacks Koch brothers.
Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., falsely calls Benghazi a debunked right-wing conspiracy, attacks Koch brothers.
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Responding to news that the GOP-controlled House is set to announcing a special committee to investigate the scandal surrounding the terrorist attack on the Benghazi compound in 2012, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., issued a statement Friday calling the scandal a conspiracy cooked up by conservatives. He also managed to work in a reference to the Koch brothers.

“Republicans are showing yet again that they have nothing to offer the middle class," he said. "Republicans care more about defending billionaires like the Koch brothers and trying to rekindle debunked right-wing conspiracy theories than raising the minimum wage or ensuring women receive equal pay for equal work."

Reid went on to call the committee a waste of time and money, accusing Republicans of trying to "gin up yet another political food fight."

Conservatives celebrated news that the House would form the committee, hopeful that answers would finally be provided. They were even more celebratory upon learning that Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., could possibly lead the committee.

"I am confident he will find the truth," tweeted Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind.

"FINALLY! House Select Committee led by Trey Gowdy. Wonderful," another person said on Twitter.

"Trey Gowdy is going to hulk smash Loki, I mean John Kerry, Lord of fools," added Twitter user Justen Charters.

The conservative Americans for a Limited Government issued a statement praising the House action. Nathan Mehrens, president of the organization, called the committee "a great step" in getting to the bottom of the controversy.

"Speaker Boehner's reported decision to appoint a special committee to investigate the murder of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stephens in Benghazi more than a year and a half ago is a great step in getting to the bottom of the decisions that led to leaving Americans behind for a full seven hours without military support," he said. "The news released this week that ties the Benghazi talking points directly to the White House along with a former National Security Advisor spokesperson's admission that President Obama never even bothered to go to the War Room during the crisis makes a special committee with full subpoena powers a necessity."

"The families of those murdered, and all of those who serve our nation in the military deserve an answer to the basic questions: Why were military assets not moved to protect the Benghazi consulate, and who made the final decision? And, who made up the talking points about a video being responsible when it wasn't?" he added.

But Reid appears unconcerned about questions raised by the recent emails obtained by Judicial Watch. One document, for example, indicates that former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice was coached to blame the attack on an obscure YouTube video.

Fox News reported that many of the details are still being worked out, but House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said that it would have "robust authority."

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