During her weekly press conference, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., claimed that two of the families of those killed in the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi oppose the select committee set up by Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, The Blaze reported Saturday. She also attacked Rep. Darrell Issa, calling him "damaged goods," and dismissed the probe as a political stunt.
“Two of their families have called us and said, ‘Please don’t take us down this path again,’” Pelosi said. “It’s really hard for them. It’s very sad.”
“This is a stunt,” Pelosi added. "This is a political stunt."
“Issa is damaged goods," she continued. "They had to move to another venue with another chairman.”
Pelosi did not say which family made the statements, but the Huffington Post said a family member from the maternal side of Tyrone Woods' family called the office of Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., on Thursday to express support for her position on the new committee. Slaughter, the Huffington Post said, opposes the new committee, saying additional investigation is unnecessary. Woods, The Blaze noted, was a CIA contractor killed in the 2012 attack along with Ambassador Chris Stevens and two other Americans.
An unnamed Democratic aide reportedly said another family allegedly reached out to Democratic lawmakers. The family was not identified, however.
A post at the conservative blog Weasel Zippers demanded Pelosi prove her assertions. The blog also posted videos of Pat Smith, mother of slain foreign service officer Sean Smith and Charles Woods, Tyrone Woods' father. Both Smith and Woods were clear in their desire to get answers to questions regarding the attack. Woods, for example, called the select committee an "answer to prayer."
"The people of he United States, as well as the families, need to know what actually happened," he told Sean Hannity. Woods also did not buy the administration's claim that the "smoking gun" email was not about Benghazi, pointing out the line where Susan Rice was directed to say the attack was the result of an obscure online video instead of failed policies.
Woods went on to say he believes the attack was the result of Obama's failed policy.
Democrats, the Huffington Post added, are trying to determine what role, if any, they intend to play in the investigation. Some have called for a boycott, while others have demanded both parties have an equal number of seats on the panel. Rep. Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina Republican tapped to head the investigation, dismissed Pelosi's call for equal seating, saying Republicans have a majority in the House.
According to the Huffington Post, Pelosi is waiting to speak with Boehner personally before making a decision. Video of Pelosi's comments can be seen above.