House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is considering totally boycotting the Benghazi special committee, or appointing fewer members than allotted to her, according to Democratic aides and lawmakers familiar with her thinking.
Appointing fewer than five lawmakers would be an attempt to show that Democrats don’t fully endorse the committee but still are in place if Republican “tricks happen,” according to a Democratic aide – maneuvers like releasing selective transcripts of depositions.
The California Democrat huddled with her leadership team on a conference call late Wednesday – one day before the Republican leadership plans to pass a bill that would create a special committee to investigate the 2012 attack in Benghazi.
Republicans have seven slots on the panel, and Democrats are allowed five members. Pelosi is still considering appointing five Democrats, although sources close to her think that’s unlikely.
Pelosi has made no secret that she thinks this special panel – chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) – is a sham.
In a House Democratic Caucus meeting Wednesday morning, she told her colleagues she was leaning toward a full boycott. She was backed by South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, the assistant Democratic leader, and Rep. Steve Israel, the New York Democrat who chairs the party’s campaign arm. Pelosi, according to an aide, is consulting with a wide range of Democrats before making a decision.
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