- The Washington Times - Friday, May 9, 2014

Rep. Eliot Engel, New York Democrat, said Friday that Democrats should participate in the Benghazi investigation to be able to call out Republicans on their politicization of the four American deaths.

“Many of us are concerned that if Democrats boycott, and there’s a good feeling that maybe we should, but my personal feeling is if we boycott we leave the stage just to the Republicans and that in my mind is not a good thing to do,” he said on MSNBC. “We need to let the American public know every single day this is a kangaroo court.”

Still, he said he could see how Democratic participation might make the investigation seem credible and said he would support Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in whatever she decided on whether or not Democrats would sit on the panel.

Mr. Engel said Republicans are only initiating the investigation into the 2012 attack to appeal to their base and fundraise for the upcoming elections, and to tear down potential 2016 contender Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time of the attack.


“I really think it’s shameful to use the ambassador’s death and the death of four Americans for political posturing. There’s really no reason for it,” he said.