— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) May 2, 2014
Dave Weigel, at Slate:
…. Rep. Trey Gowdy, who led the D.C. subcommittee on oversight until that was collapsed into the larger committee last year, will head up the special Benghazi committee. This is absolutely all the Benghazi question-askers could have hoped for. Gowdy, a former prosecutor (and Slate columnist!) is a dramatic questioner whose every other time at the mic turns into a viral video. Among the hits: the time he bellowed that he didn’t give “a damn whose careers are ruined” on the way to getting truth … and the time his eyes grew damp as he told the family members of victims that the Congress would never give up the hunt. “We can’t give you closure. Just facts. The truth.”…
Weigel later adds:
Republicans Are Really Stoked About This Benghazi Select Committee… According to National Journal’s Alex Seitz-Wald, someone tweets about Benghazi every 12 seconds, on average. Many of these people currently hold safe seats in Congress.
From the company paper, the Washington Post:
House Democrats said Friday afternoon that they had not been contacted by the Republican leadership about the select committee.
“We have not been contacted by Speaker Boehner or the Republican leadership concerning a select committee proposal,” said Drew Hammill, a spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a statement that the Republicans’ new-found focus on Benghazi is for political gain.
“There have already been multiple investigations into this issue and an independent Accountability Review Board is mandated under current law. For Republicans to waste the American people’s time and money staging a partisan political circus instead of focusing on the middle class is simply a bad decision,” Reid said. “While Republicans try to gin up yet another political food fight, Senate Democrats will remain focused on fostering economic growth for all hard-working Americans.”
Apart from being glad we’re Democrats, what’s on the agenda for the start of the weekend?