In a Benghazi scandal that rises to the very top of the House, Speaker John Boehner has been busted as the force behind the push to direct the Benghazi Committee to investigate Hillary Clinton’s emails.
The New York Times dropped the smoking gun in Boehner’s lap:
Mr. Gowdy said in the interview last week that he had pressed Mr. Boehner to have another House committee examine the matter of Mrs. Clinton’s emails, but that Mr. Boehner had rejected the request.
“I would have liked nothing more than for the speaker to find another committee,” Mr. Gowdy said.
Senior Republican officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were discussing confidential conversations, said that Mr. Boehner had long been suspicious of the administration’s handling of the attacks and that Mrs. Clinton’s emails gave him a way to keep the issue alive and to cause political problems for her campaign. But he thought that the task was too delicate to entrust to others and that it should remain with Mr. Gowdy, the former prosecutor.
What is unfolding before the eyes of the country is a plot by the Speaker of the House to illegally use taxpayer funds for partisan political purposes in an attack on the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination.
Select Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy is already being accused of breaking the law. As criticism of the behavior of the Republican majority on the Benghazi committee continues to grow, Rep. Gowdy is claiming that he was just following the orders of Speaker Boehner.
The resolution that created the Benghazi Committee did not give the panel the power to investigate Hillary Clinton’s emails. The fact that Republicans have admitted that the investigation is being used for partisan political purposes makes the Benghazi Select Committee an illegal use of taxpayer funds.
It is time for an outside investigation into the House leadership’s role in the direction of the Select Committee on Benghazi.
John Boehner might want to get out as soon as possible because it appears that the Speaker of the House has broken the law.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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