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Rep. Elijah Cummings On Benghazi Investigation: Republicans Using Tragedy 'To Raise Campaign Funds'

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Marking the one-year anniversary of the investigation into the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the top Democrat on the House committee that conducted the investigation, released a statement criticizing the effort as a waste of time and money.

“What have we accomplished?” Cummings questioned. "After a full year, it now seems obvious that this investigation is being dragged out in order to attack [former] Secretary [of State Hillary] Clinton and her campaign for president — squandering millions of taxpayer dollars in the process — while Republicans use this tragedy to raise campaign funds.” 

The House voted on May 18, 2014 to create a panel that would conduct an investigation into the Benghazi attack and how administration officials – most notably former Secretary Clinton, handled it. Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina has insisted that Clinton testify two separate times – once for the Benghazi attacks and once regarding her use of a personal email account for government business during her time as Secretary of State – though her attorney requested in a letter this week that she only have to testify once. 

According to a panel spokesman, the committee said they would take the request “into consideration” and that Gowdy would “issue a statement on behalf of the Committee regarding the path forward.”

Cummings’ statement included harsh words directed towards Republican committee members regarding the prolonging of the investigation, alleging that continuing to question Clinton’s handeling was doing a disservice to the families of those lost in the attack.

“This is exactly the opposite of what we promised the victims’ families, and I urge the Select Committee to drop this political charade and focus on implementing reforms that will protect our diplomatic corps around the world,” he wrote.

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