Gotta get it right….
Democrats on the House’s special Benghazi committee released some details Monday of a closed-door interview with a top State Department aide to Hillary Clinton, saying they wanted to “correct the public record” because Republicans have leaked inaccuracies about the testimony.
The partial transcript from former agency Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills follows House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy last week seeming to acknowledge that Republican leaders of the GOP-led chamber created the House Select Committee on Benghazi to squash former Secretary of State Clinton’s 2016 White House bid.
“Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right?” said McCarthy, considered the frontrunner for the speakership after Ohio Rep. John Boehner resigned last month from the post. “But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping.”
The California Democrat has since tried to clarify his remarks, but Democrats have seized upon them as evidence of a politically motivated — and taxpayer funded — attack on the Democratic frontrunner.
House Republican leaders said they formed the committed to learn more about the Sept. 11, 2012, terror attacks on a U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya, in which U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed. Clinton was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.
Her controversial use of a private server and emails accounts for official business while serving as the country’s top diplomat have become part of the investigation. Clinton is scheduled to testify before the committee Oct. 22.
In a letter sent to committee Chairman South Carolina GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy, the five committee Democrats describe McCarthy’s remarks as proof of “an unethical abuse of millions of taxpayer dollars and a crass assault on the memories of the four Americans who were killed.”