Benghazi Committee Wine & Gun Club

Benghazi Committee Wine & Gun Club
The House Select Committee on Benghazi has dragged its hearings out for 17 months without finding anything damning. The hearings drag on anyway since, as House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R, CA-23) reminded us, the real purpose of the hearings is GOP Hillary bashing. Since the facts no longer matter,there’s no more fact-gathering. So how are committee members and staffers spending their time?  Former committee investigator Major Bradley F. Podliska (Air Force Reserve) tells the Times:

“With the slow progress, members have engaged in social activities like a wine club nicknamed ‘Wine Wednesdays,’ drinking from glasses imprinted with the words ‘Glacial Pace,’ a dig at Representative Elijah E. Cummings, Democrat of Maryland and the committee’s ranking member, Major Podliska said. Mr. Cummings used the term to question the speed of the committee’s work.
At one point, several Republican staff members formed a gun-buying club and discussed in the committee’s conference room the 9-millimeter Glock handguns they intended to buy and what type of monograms they would inscribe on them, Major Podliska said.”

— “Clinton Emails Became the New Focus of Benghazi Inquiry,” Eric Lipton, Noam Scheiber, and Michael S. Schmidt, New York Times

This would all be hilarious if the hearings hadn’t cost the taxpayer $4.7 million, distracted Congress from its real agenda, and obscured memories of the tragedy that cost 4 American lives.

More:

“Second Republican Congressman Admits Benghazi Committee Was ‘Designed To Go After’ Clinton,” Scott Keyes, Think Progress

Related:

“Shut Down the Benghazi Committee,” Editorial Board, New York Times

“Benghazi Committee Ex-Staffer Alleges He Was Fired For Refusing To Target Clinton,” Catherine Thompson, TPM Livewire

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