Rep. Nancy Pelosi announced on yesterday that she is waiting until after she's had a chance to meet with Speaker John Boehner before deciding whether the House Democrats will participate in the select committee hearings on Benghazi. Pelosi (D-CA) met with her caucus last week when the committee was formed but no definitive decision has been made despite outright rejection to her demands for participating. Pelosi made an appearence on "The Situation Room" with Wolfe Blitzer on yesterday in which she reiterated that no decision has been made.
Cummings made a phone call to Joe Madison who hosts the "Joe Madison Show" on SiriusXM on yesterday in which he accounted the three demands requested by Pelosi if the Democrats were to participate. She requested that the Democrats would be able to call witnesses, have a list of expected witnesses and be able to review news releases of testimony prior to it being made public. According to Cummings, this would give the American people a chance to examine both side of the investigation instead of the one sided view the public has gotten so far. Boehner denied Pelosi's request and announced Trey Goudy (R-SC) as the chairman of the newly formed select committee. Goudy made the mistake of referring to the hearings as being a trial, and has since used the term "Hearing" to describe the committee's functions.
Joe Madison has been one of the few public figures who has gone on record to allude to the possibility of the Benghazi hearings being used as a prelude to an impeachment hearing of President Barack Obama. It is Madison's assertion that if the Republican Party gain control or the Senate in 2014, President Obama will be impeached. One caller to the program alleged that Cummings in his role as ranking Democrat on the Oversight Committee used his position to email Lois Lerner in regards to her involvement in the infamous IRS scandal. These emails were released in such a manner as to suggest that Cummings and Lerner had conspired in an effort to cover up the White House's involvement in the supposed scandal.
Cummings (D-MD) who is the top Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform wrote a letter to Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) requesting a public hearing on May 22, 2013, with Accountability Review Board (ARB) Chairman Ambassador Thomas Pickering and Vice Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen so they can provide information about their investigation of the Benghazi attacks and respond directly to serious charges leveled against them over the previous week by congressional Republicans.
Cummings is not particularly fond of the idea of giving the Republicans legitimacy in their effort to not only smear the president but Hillary Clinton as well. He stated in-fatalistically that, "I was in the room, I know what was said."