Tuesday, October 06, 2015

The Cummings Maneuver

First, gather the Republican Hero Brigade together in one place.

Second, given them every chance in the fucking world not to conduct themselves like Jack Merridew from Lord of the Flies.

And when they default immediately to the level of the pettiest banana-republic thugs, lock them in their own fortress and drop grenades down the air ducts.

Dems on GOP’s Benghazi committee start to play hardball

10/05/15 12:46 PM—UPDATED 10/05/15 01:54 PM

By Steve Benen

It’s always interesting to see what happens when a charade ends. For quite a while, congressional Republicans tried to keep up appearances, pretending their Benghazi committee was a legitimate, non-partisan search for truth – a claim no one, anywhere, seriously believed – but House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) accidental candor last week ripped off the mask.

There was brief discussion about whether Democrats would simply quit the taxpayer-funded, anti-Clinton fishing expedition in protest, a move Dems ultimately rejected, but that doesn’t mean they plan to sit idly by. The Washington Post reported this morning:

Democrats are taking the unprecedented step of releasing excerpts from a closed-session interview the House Benghazi committee conducted last month with Hillary Clinton aide Cheryl Mills, accusing the panel’s Republican Chairman Trey Gowdy (S.C.) of selectively leaking information to damage Clinton in the presidential race.

In a letter sent Monday morning, Democrats on the panel released statements made by Mills from the Sept. 3 interview that paint Clinton in a favorable light. The letter charges Gowdy with failing to provide a fair account of Mills’s interview, alleging that he orchestrated small press leaks designed to produce negative stories about the Democratic presidential front-runner.
In a letter signed by all five Democratic members of the panel, the lawmakers told Gowdy, “It has become obvious that the only way to adequately correct the public record is to release the complete transcript of the Committee’s interview with Ms. Mills…. [W]e plan to begin the process of correcting the public record by releasing the transcript of Ms. Mills’ interview. Since you have indicated your unwillingness to do this in a bipartisan manner, we plan to do so ourselves.”
And we all come out like it's Halloween.


Robt said...

The Benghazi Select Committee (investigation( has gone on longer than the Warren investigation (JFK), Longer than the Pearl Harbor investigation, Longer than Water-Gate..

At first I thought either the House republicans were one of these;
1- Utterly lame, lazy and incompetent.
2- Purposely failing to prove Government can’t do anything.

Now it is obvious,
Using tax dollars to fund a phony investigation for electioneering and campaigning for the republican party’s benefit to have false and made up lies to use against their political enemies.

The so called TEA Party (Taxed Enough Already) critters stood by and spent American taxpayers dollars for this. They could have obstructed it.

Establishment conservatives used big Gov't to intrude in American lives.
The committee leaked little snipes of big bad things to come every so often to the press. The press provided the GOP with all the free media time against Hillary and the Democratic party.
--I think the amount of media time provided to the GOP from those leaks of innuendo. The same amount of media time is required to the abuse of power by the House GOP majority and the misuse of tax dollars that is so pathetic in the world of Citizens United. (Billionaires gone wild era).
The media needs to drown the republicans on this lie and abuse of power toward their perceived political enemies. The Benghazi committee leaks went on for a long time and the media went along all that time. That
Pay the time back the other way.............................

steeve said...

"a claim no one, anywhere, seriously believed"

And since the mainstream media didn't bother to tell us they were all immediately fired. I presume.