WASHINGTON, D.C. — A controversial move by the National Republican Congressional Committee, the campaign arm of the party, to use an investigation of the Benghazi attack to fund raise, has drawn criticism from both sides of the aisle.
“It’s not something we would do,” said Bill Tighe, U.S. Congressman Tom Marino’s chief of staff, Thursday night. “But it’s more than slightly ironic that we’re hearing howls from the White House about fundraising as it pertains to the Benghazi terrorist attack. After all, it was our President who flew to Las Vegas for a fundraising event where he talked about how he had al Qaeda ‘on the path to defeat’ just a few hours after four Americas were killed.”
Congressman Lou Barletta, R-11, Hazleton, sidestepped the issue of fund raising Benghazi. “What is most important to remember about the events in Benghazi of September 11, 2012,” he said, “is that four Americans, including our ambassador to Libya, lost their lives. Their memories, their families, and the American people deserve to know the truth about what happened leading up to the terrorist attack on our embassy, the circumstances on the ground, and the aftermath and subsequent false explanations. That’s what this Select Committee will be tasked to examine, and I trust my colleague, Congressman Trey Gowdy, with that important responsibility.”
Democrats say the committee will be too partisan.
Meanwhile, Speaker of the House John Boehner was asked three times Thursday about the appropriateness of a fundraising pitch that talks about the investigation. But each time, Boehner said the probe will focus on finding the truth about the attack for the U.S. and the families of the four Americans who died.
Associated Press contributed to this report.