Hey! Whatever happened to the Benghazi scandal?
I seem to remember hearing claims by right-wingers across the land earlier this year that the Benghazi scandal would result in Barack Obama being run out of office, if not also exiled to Kenya or some such place.
But that was then, and THIS is now:
After months of fiery hearings and vows to get to the bottom of Benghazi, House Republicans are now barely making a peep when it comes to an issue they once couldn’t stop talking about.
Democrats say Republicans are lacking damaging evidence against the Obama administration in the aftermath of the attacks on U.S. diplomatic outposts in Libya. They argue the House GOP is in retreat over the investigation that some conservatives believed could bring down the White House or tar a 2016 presidential candidate.
And some conservatives are concerned that their leadership isn’t pursuing Benghazi with enough zest.
“I know our leadership in general does not want to look at that at all,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) said. “They’ve said they have very little interest.”
An aide to one House leader dismissed the notion that leadership is uninterested saying, “That claim is ridiculous, just totally, out-to-lunch, La-La Land absurd.”
Benghazi is an issue that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) once seemed obsessed with. House Republicans appeared to score a win after a splashy May hearing featuring two State Department officials telling their stories of how they personally were affected by the attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
But just one day later, the Internal Revenue Service revealed that it had been investigating conservative groups, and Republicans — including Darrell Issa’s Oversight and Government Reform Committee — had a new cause.
Months have now lapsed between Benghazi hearings, which in the churn of the 24-hour news cycle can feel like eons. The last public hearing in the House on Benghazi was on May 8.
Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), a member of the Oversight Committee…said he sees a lack of interest now from Republicans.
“There is nothing there,” he said. “It was becoming painfully evident that there was no connecting it higher up, which I think the Republicans were strategically trying to do. The fishing expedition for that was coming up really dry.”
But he thinks there are still parts of the attacks that Democrats want to discuss.
“We still haven’t dealt with the parts that are important, which are making sure you never have another Benghazi again, but that was never really the thrust of the investigation,” he said.