As numerous Democrats have moved to discredit the House Select Committee on Benghazi after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's (R-CA) "gaffe," Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) on Wednesday morning filed an ethics complaint against McCarthy and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), the chairman of the Benghazi panel, Roll Call reported.
"This represents the new McCarthyism — the misuse of [official] funds for political purposes to vilify a political opponent," Grayson told Roll Call.
In a three-page letter to the Office of Congressional Ethics, Grayson referenced McCarthy's comment last week about the Benghazi committee's success in hurting Hillary Clinton politically and said that the comment signals a misuse of funds. Grayson also said that Gowdy has dragged out the investigation in an attempt to hurt Clinton, noting that the committee hasn't held a hearing since January. - TPM, 10/7/15
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Though the violation may tread into some murky territory of the House Ethics Manual, Grayson believes the interview made the wrongdoing clear. “That’s a confession that this is totally for political purposes,” he said. Grayson also called out Republicans for delaying action until the brink of 2016 primary season.
The complaint alleges Gowdy has dragged out the work of the committee for 17 months, without holding a single hearing since January, in the meantime issuing subpoenas to State Department employees and others close to the former secretary “in an apparent effort to generate anti-Clinton information and disinformation.”
The rancor between Republicans and Democrats over the Benghazi panel has ramped up in recent days, as Clinton is set to make an appearance before the committee on Oct. 22. On Wednesday, a New York Times editorial called for shutting down the committee or renaming it “the Inquisition of Hillary Rodham Clinton.”
On Tuesday night, Rules ranking member Louise M. Slaughter, D-N.Y., suggested disbanding the committee. - Roll Call, 10/7/15
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