Pelosi Decides To Appoint Democrats To Benghazi Committee, After All!

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U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks to the press after meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, April 1, 2014.         REUTERS/Larry Downing   (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3JIEO

U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks to the press after meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, April 1, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS) – RTR3JIEO

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday appointed five Democrats to serve on the new select committee on Benghazi — against the wishes of liberals pleading with her to protest the hearings by not participating.

Earlier this month, lawmakers in the House passed a bill to establish the new committee to investigate the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans dead, including Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya.

The bill allows Speaker of the House John Boehner to appoint 12 members to the select committee, five of whom are Democrats chosen by Pelosi. The Democratic leader had previously called for there to be equal numbers of Republicans and Democrats on the committee, something Boehner declined to do.

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Here are the five Democrats Pelosi named to the committee on Wednesday:

  • Rep. Elijah Cummings, ranking member
  • Rep. Adam Smith
  • Rep. Adam B. Schiff
  • Rep. Linda T. Sánchez
  • Rep. Tammy Duckworth

Here are the seven Republicans Boehner named to the committee earlier this month:

  • Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman
  • Rep. Susan Brooks
  • Rep. Jim Jordan
  • Rep. Mike Pompeo
  • Rep. Martha Roby
  • Rep. Peter Roskam
  • Rep. Lynn Westmoreland

The establishment of the committee comes after months of encouragement from Republicans.

Boehner long resisted these calls from members of his party to establish a select committee but gave in after emails released this month indicated that the White House played a bigger role than previously admitted in crafting the initial, now-debunked talking points on the attacks.

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Democrats have argued that the investigations are partisan-driven and meant to try to harm former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ahead of a likely run for president in 2016.

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