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House Benghazi panel may include Democrats

WASHINGTON – House Democrats opened the door Tuesday to participating in a special panel’s investigation of the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, even if they see it as little more than an election-year ploy by Republicans to discredit the Obama administration and motivate GOP voters.

Laying out her party’s conditions, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Republicans must conduct interviews and share information as part of their new inquest into the Obama administration’s response to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack that killed four Americans at the U.S. diplomatic post. She called for the same number of Democrats as Republicans on the panel, a demand the GOP majority immediately rejected.

With midterm elections looming closer, Republicans are sharpening their focus on the Benghazi attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. A vote to authorize the probe is expected this week.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has yet to outline his full plan for the select panel, the establishment of which is all but a formality in the GOP-controlled House. But the Republican chosen by Boehner to head the investigation, Rep. Trey Gowdy, a second-term representative from South Carolina and former prosecutor, said Democrats wouldn’t get the same number of seats on the committee.



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