After newly released emails concerning Benghazi revealed that some general "talking points" were possibly changed by the White House, House Republicans called for a second investigation into the response of the White House and State Department during the September 11, 2012 attacks that resulted in four American deaths, including the U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
While Republicans and the right-wing media are clamoring over the new investigation, one person who isn't losing sleep over it is Hillary Clinton. Clinton was the Secretary of State at the time of the attacks and knowing that Clinton is current front runner for the Democrat nominee for president in 2016, Republicans have attempted to damage her as the election inches closer.
Earlier this week, Hillary Clinton joined ABC host Robin Roberts for a conversation on philanthropy at the Ford Foundation in New York. Before they could settle in, Roberts asked Clinton is she was “satisfied with what the answers are" and if she was "content with what you know what happened?”
“Absolutely. There are a lot of reasons why — despite all the hearings, all of the information that’s been provided — some choose not to be satisfied and choose to continue to move forward. That’s their choice, and I do not believe that there is any reason for it to continue in this way, but they get to call the shots in Congress."
Clinton hit the nail on the head when she stated "some choose not to be satisfied and choose to continue to move forward. That’s their choice." Outside of conservative circles, the general consensus is that the creation of another panel on Benghazi is purely political. With the 2014 mid terms only months away and the next presidential election just around the corner, Republicans are looking to damage President Obama, Hillary Clinton and the Democrats as major elections inch closer.
According to Politico, the select committee panel to investigate the Benghazi attacks will include seven Republicans and five Democrats. In addition to a “Accountability Review Board" appointed by the State Department, eight separate congressional committees have already looked in an invested the attacks, but Republicans are still pressing the issue. South Carolina GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy was picked to chair the panel, but House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has objected to the 7-5 ratio and is calling for Democrats to boycott. Other Democrats such as Rep. Jim Clyburn have stated that they are “dead set against” taking part in yet another Benghazi investigation.
At the end of the day, the attacks in Benghazi were a tragedy, but nothing proves that they were a scandal or cover up. Republicans understand elections and are playing their election cards today with the hope that it will damage the Democrats enough heading into November and beyond.