Pelosi Announces Five Democrats On Benghazi Select Committee

Sarah Jean Seman

5/21/2014 3:02:00 PM - Sarah Jean Seman

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) released the names of five Democrats Wednesday who will join the Republican-led investigation on the U.S. Embassy attack in Benghazi, Libya.

The following Democratic Members will serve on the Select Committee on Benghazi:

  • Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Ranking Member, Committee on Oversight & Government Reform
  • Adam Smith (D-WA), Ranking Member, Armed Services Committee
  • Adam B. Schiff (D-CA), Committee on Appropriations (Subcommittee on State & Foreign Operations), Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
  • Linda T. Sánchez (D-CA), Committee on Ways and Means (Subcommittee on Oversight)
  • Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Armed Services Committee, Committee on Oversight & Government Reform

Pelosi previously demanded Democrats be present on the committee to ensure fairness.

"That simply would not be possible if we left it to the Republicans," Pelosi stated Wednesday.

However, her true thoughts on the investigation came out more clearly on her Twitter feed:

Directly after being announced as the Democrat ranking member in the committee, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) also trivialized the group's efforts.

"I do not believe a select committee is called for," Cummings stated. He claimed many of the alleged questions have already been uncovered in previous reports.