- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 11, 2014

A top Democrat said Sunday his party will participate with a select committee to investigate the administration’s handling of Benghazi terrorist attack — but only if the panel is fair and balanced, like Fox News.

Rep. Xavier Becerra, California Democrat and chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, predicted Sunday that his side of the aisle will take part in the latest investigation into the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attack, which claimed the lives of four Americans. The only caveat, Mr. Becerra said, is Republicans must run the committee like Fox News.

“We’ve always said we’re ready to participate … based on a fair, balanced and open process. We’ll call it the ‘Fox standard,’” Mr. Becerra said during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.”

Mr. Becerra appeared alongside Rep. Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina Republican and former federal prosecutor tapped by House Speaker John A. Boehner to lead the special committee.

Democrats have yet to say for sure whether they’ll cooperate with the investigation, with some in the party calling it a political witch-hunt and a partisan sham designed to raise money for Republican candidates this fall.

Specifically, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi reportedly has laid out three preconditions for Democratic participation: Democrats must sign off on all subpoenas of witnesses; Democrats must take part in the interviewing of those witnesses; and Republicans cannot selectively release witness testimony to fit their own narrative.

Mr. Gowdy said he only has an issue with the first request.

“How can it be a pursuit of the truth” if Democrats can reject subpoenas of relevant witnesses? he said.

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