The formation of a House select committee on the 2012 Benghazi attacks is off to an extremely unpromising start.
Understandably, many Democrats have labeled it a political witch hunt, and say they won’t participate in it.
Panel chairman Trey Gowdy tried to tamp down another controversy, created Wednesday when the National Republican Congressional Committee showed bad taste in trying to raise funds by inviting donors to become “a Benghazi watchdog.”
Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican, laid out a welcome rebuff by saying:
“Even in a culture of hyper-partisanship, (there are) certain things that ought to be above politics, like the murder of our four fellow Americans, and whether or not you can trust what any administration — Republican or Democrat — tells you in the aftermath of a tragedy.”
Unfortunately, there’s been little bipartisanship during past reviews of the Obama administration’s handling of the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Libya.
Ultimately, the biggest disagreement involves whether a coverup occurred and whether those in charge lied to the American people.
The record compiled through past GOP-supported probes has produced no compelling evidence of such a coverup.
House Speaker John Boehner pledges that the select committee “is not going to be a circus.”
Good, because there would be nothing funny about using the murders of four Americans for political or financial gain.