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Republican Congressman: Benghazi Committee 'Designed To Go After' Hillary Clinton

| by Sean Kelly
Hillary Clinton speaking in New HampshireHillary Clinton speaking in New Hampshire

Following controversial comments by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy regarding the Benghazi Committee’s “success” in lowering Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers, as well as the whistleblower who revealed that the committee fired him for not aggressively targeting the 2016 presidential candidate, another GOP lawmaker came forward with a similar statement.

In an interview on New York’s WIBX radio on Oct. 14, Republican Rep. Richard Hanna of New York said that McCarthy was truthful when he said the committee had intentionally hurt Clinton’s campaign, ThinkProgress reports.

“Sometimes the biggest sin you can commit in D.C. is to tell the truth,” Hanna said. “This may not be politically correct, but I think that there was a big part of this investigation that was designed to go after people and an individual, Hillary Clinton.”

The Benghazi Committee was formed on the grounds that it would investigate the 2012 attack in Libya that killed four Americans, though it has been speculated that the committee showed a strong bias against the former Secretary of State. 

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“After what Kevin McCarthy said, it’s difficult to accept at least a part of it was not,” Hanna added. “I think that’s the way Washington works. But you’d like to expect more from a committee that’s spent millions of dollars and tons of time.”

The Clinton campaign responded to Hanna’s comments after the interview was released.

“House Republicans aren’t even shy anymore about admitting that the Benghazi Committee is a partisan farce,” Clinton campaign spokesperson Brian Fallon said, in a statement reported by MSNBC. 

“Hillary Clinton will still attend next week’s hearing, but at this point, Trey Gowdy’s inquiry has zero credibility left," Fallon added.

Sources: MSNBC, Think Progress / Photo credit: Marc Nozell/Flickr, Karen Murphy/Flickr