MUST-SEE: MacCallum Takes On Dem Over Criticism of Benghazi Cmte.
Martha MacCallum took on Democratic Congressman Chris Van Hollen (MD) today on America’s Newsroom over the Benghazi investigation. The House will vote on authorizing the select committee as Democrats threaten to boycott the panel if there isn’t an even split between the two parties.
Republicans point out that they have the majority and therefore it will not be a 50/50 split.
Van Hollen argued the past hearings on Benghazi were necessary before they turned into a political witch hunt.
MacCallum said that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) essentially agreed with Van Hollen until he saw the email from White House advisor Ben Rhodes. In the email about then-Ambassador Susan Rice’s appearances on the Sunday talk shows after the Benghazi attack, Rhodes directs her to blame protests on a video. That memo was only released after a conservative group obtained it through a Freedom of Information Act request.
Van Hollen maintained that the memo revealed nothing new, and in fact, is consistent with what the CIA and administration had been saying about the 2012 attack all along.
Speaking about the House select committee, the congressman said that if it’s a fair process designed to get the facts, then Democrats should participate. “But if this is going to be totally skewed … then all you’re getting is a kangaroo court, and that doesn’t serve the interests of the truth or the American people,” he said.
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), a former prosecutor, was selected as chairman of the committee and has vowed to get the truth of what happened in Benghazi and the administration’s handling of it.
“This is the same guy who has been on your network and others in the last three days saying he’s already got the facts, he’s got the smoking gun and he’s already indicted and convicted everybody,” Van Hollen said of Gowdy.
MacCallum challenged, “First of all, if you can deliver a direct quote from Trey Gowdy saying that it’s a closed deal and he’s already convicted and indicted, I’d love to see it, ‘cause he absolutely did not say that when I spoke to him here.”
She asked Van Hollen if it would be unfair to Rice or Hillary Clinton if they have to testify before the committee without any Democrats present. He responded, “Obviously, we think it would be important … however, it doesn’t do a whole lot of good to be there if the rules of the game are rigged in advance against you.”
Watch the full America's Newsroom interview above.
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