When Nancy Pelosi announced the 5 Democrats who would serve on the House Select Committee on Benghazi, she essentially admitted that she gave them the assignment to defend the administration while protecting Hillary Clinton's presumed presidential run in 2016.
Heading up the politicians Pelosi picked are Elijah Cummings and Adam Schiff. This winter, Cummings told CNN's Candy Crowley that he would've shut down the investigation months ago. Here's what Schiff told Chris Wallace about Benghazi:
REP. ADAM SCHIFF, D-CALIF., INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE: Chris, I think it's a colossal waste of time. We've had four bipartisan investigations of this already. And I think it's driven by a couple things. The Republican conference is so fractured, there's only two things they agree on, they don't like ObamaCare and so, we've had 50 votes on that and they do like talking about Benghazi. So, we've had four investigations on that. But I don't think it makes sense really for Democrats to participate. I think it's just a tremendous red herring and a waste of taxpayer resources.
Clearly, Ms. Pelosi gave her committee members two main assignments: defend the Obama administration and protect Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in 2016.
A secondary assignment is to make the Democrats' prophecies of this being a kangaroo court, a "tremendous red herring" and "a colossal waste of time" come true. Make no mistake about this. Elijah Cummings and Adam Schiff aren't on this committee with open minds. Their minds are shut like a steel trap.
The only Democrat on the committee that might not come in with a closed mind is Tammy Duckworth. She's a military veteran who might take offense with the fact that the Obama administration didn't preposition troops for the anniversary of 9/11 and put them on alert.
Chairman Gowdy is a former federal prosecutor. He knows how to run an investigation. That's why people should have confidence that this investigation will be done right. If, and it's a mighty big if, the Democrats take this investigation seriously, the questions still unanswered will be answered.
In the end, Chairman Gowdy's report will determine whether this was a legitimate investigation. That's because he'll insist on verifying every bit of information that goes into the committee's report. If the evidence is verifiable and sourced, Democrats won't be able to discredit the report.
Unfortunately, that doesn't mean they won't try.
The question the American people have to ask is whether they'll trust politicians whose chief goal is to undermine a legitimate investigation before it's even started.