Republican Rep. Richard Hanna of New York stated on Oct. 14 that the House Select Committee on Benghazi "was designed to go after" former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (video below).
Hanna made his statements on the WIBX 950 AM radio program "Keeler in the Morning" in reference to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy who said on Fox News in September that the committee was trying to bring down Clinton's poll numbers, ThinkProgress reports.
"Kevin McCarthy basically blew himself up with that comment over the Benghazi committee," Hanna said. "Sometimes the biggest sin you can commit in D.C. is to tell the truth.
"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. And I think there is a lot of it that's important that we needed to get to the bottom of this, but this has been the longest investigation, longer than Watergate.
"... After what Kevin McCarthy said, it’s difficult to accept at least a part of it was not. 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."
Major Bradley Podliska, an Air Force Reserve officer who was hired and later fired by the Republican committee, told CNN in an Oct. 11 interview that the Benghazi probe focused on Clinton after it was revealed in March that she had used a private email server while serving as secretary of state.
Podliska, who self-identifies as a Republican, called the House committee "a partisan investigation" against Clinton.