House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Admits Benghazi Hearings Were About Destroying Hillary Clinton

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) appears on Fox News on September 29th, 2015.

During an appearance on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News yesterday evening, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (who is expected to be the next Speaker of the House) finally admitted what most of us already knew – that the entire Benghazi investigation was designed to hurt Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers.


It was obvious from the beginning that was what Republicans were going for when they kicked off what is now the longest-running special Congressional investigation in American history, I just didn’t expect for a member of the Republican leadership to admit it on TV.

Despite the fact that the Benghazi special committee has run longer than the Watergate investigation, no evidence of any wrongdoing has been found – but that was never the intent of the committee to begin with. Republicans were well aware that the media (especially conservative media) operates on a “guilty until proven innocent” mindset, and just an investigation alone would be enough to fire up their base while eroding faith in the assumed 2016 Democratic nominee.

As Steve Benen points out at MaddowBlog, the whole Benghazi investigation was nothing more than a taxpayer-funded preemptive attack on a 2016 Hillary Clinton candidacy.

Note, McCarthy sees the committee as a legitimate accomplishment of the Republican Congress, not because it’s uncovered relevant details about an act of terrorism, but because Hillary Clinton’s “numbers are dropping.” This, in his mind, is evidence of the GOP majority using its power effectively – by using a supposedly non-partisan investigatory vehicle to embarrass a Democrat with dubious allegations.

It’s almost as if the House Majority Leader assumed he was among friends, dropped his guard momentarily, and admitted out loud what Republicans are only supposed to say in private.

There was no real reason to create this committee, and the panel itself no longer serves any legitimate purpose. McCarthy’s unexpected candor was welcome – it was, to be sure, surprising to see him make such a concession on national television – but it served as a timely reminder that the Benghazi investigation that no longer focuses on Benghazi is now little more than a taxpayer-financed farce. (Source)

Republicans knew all along that Hillary Clinton would run in 2016, it wasn’t any sort of secret that she would announce. In fact, it would have been a huge shock if she had decided not to run considering the massive base of support she already had in place. The GOP attack on Hillary Clinton didn’t begin with Benghazi either. They’ve been after her since her husband was elected in 1992, presumably because they knew that one day she would also run for the White House.


That’s three decades of insinuating that she is a lesbian, that she and her husband had people murdered, and other assorted rumored scandals that never amounted to anything, other than the fact that Bill Clinton did cheat on her with other women. Through all of the attacks from the right, and false claims from the left, no evidence of anything criminal has ever been found – but that doesn’t matter in our hyper-partisan political climate where few people bother to check facts anymore.

What Republicans didn’t count on is the surprisingly popular candidacy of Bernie Sanders, or the possibility of Joe Biden entering the race as well. However, Hillary Clinton is still very much a strong contender against anyone that Republicans would likely nominate, and the GOP is continuing to turn off independent and moderate voters with their right-wing views on social issues. With their attack on Planned Parenthood, the GOP is now driving voters to Hillary Clinton instead of away from her.

Republicans are still deathly afraid of a Hillary Clinton presidency, and considering all of the years they’ve been attacking her, they very well should be.



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  • OMGface

    Boy, is he STUPID, running his mouth! I had no clue! You are all about robbing banks, first rule: wear some kinda disguise. I am startin to feel better!!!

    • demsco

      I hope you aren’t seriously just coming to this revelation… I can’t tell if you are. If your just figuring this out, wow, really? It’s scary that your vote counts as much as mine.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Your delusions of adequacy are frightening….

      • OMGface

        Above: badly defended against, intense feelings of inadequacy. Start voting for yourself by commencing a journey within, it’s the nuclear journey of life and impacts everything. I am not yr problem.

  • paulsack

    But nothing will happen. The republicans run both houses, so there will be no change. Unfortunately, the democrat party is unable or unwilling to fight back. If the roles were reversed there would be a total outcry from every fringe of the right wing calling for all democrats to be impeached. Maybe since it is the republicans, its something we expect,, unfortunately we also seem to accept it.
    I wonder if I can, as a citizen, sue the republican party for misuse of tax dollars?

    • demsco

      Well, nothing happens to anyone in DC, ever. That’s not news. Both parties suck… But, you really think this was a misuse of money, $10M? That’s insignificant compared to the billions in waste, fraud, self dealing. The only time you guys are concerned about waste is when its aimed at dems, I can add up all the hearings you guys started against Bush from the conspiracy of rising oil prices, the wars all the way to the mortgages at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac which, ironically, he fore warned about. This is nothing, a nothing story as zero were actually following the hearings especially dems who from the start said, rightly so, it was a witch hunt. Anyhow, it ain’t the hearings hurting Hillary it is Hillary hurting Hillary, she just sucks, low energy as Trumpster would say… I hate Trump, was just saying.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        How many Millions of tax dollars is OK to waste on fabricated stories and slandering the frontrunner for the opposition party? I will gladly take that $10 million and put it to use.

      • Dennis

        Have a source for that figure, CS?

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/2015/05/19/Millions-Spent-Benghazi-Probes-No-Answers-Sight

        The cost has been $3 million annually which will “supposedly” conclude in 2016. Timing seems a little odd, doesn’t it? What else is happening in 2016? What else would you like me to look up for you?

      • Dennis

        The timing is 100% on Hillary and the State Department.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Hahahahaa……OMFG…..you are really this stupid, are you?

      • Araceli

        Please do, List them. let us know how much tax payer money was wasted by Democrats and how many committees were formed to try and bring Bush (W) down, even when he took us to war with the wrong country. When he lied to us and the world. When he along with Cheney and Rumsfeld are responsible for so many deaths of Americans. They are War Criminals. The whole world knows it. Republicans Amaze me, you let yourselves be led like sheep by that top tear you know the 10% that has all the money, who picks and chooses your leadership, who buys their devotion. And get the rest of you to fall in line with the use of the Bible, and when they get caught, all they have to do is cry a little or just say that they have asked for God’s forgiveness. You guys don’t even question it. Oh and when you get your list together, please let us know all the great things the Republicans have done for us, so that I can tear them down for you. I have Fact and charts ready, so lets get started. Ball’s in your court

  • demsco

    Omg, not exactly what he meant. While I agree the hearings are stupid and obviously political everyone ALREADY knew that and dems never believed they were real. Therefore, Einstein’s, thus “revelation” is irrelevant. He clearly meant to say that when people really look at Hillary they dont trust her. Like what she did blaming the Benghazi thing on a a YouTube video, that producer went to jail remember, if you care. Once again a you spin a yarn off of a poorly said sound bite. The guy is a moron, the GOP can’t see that loosing Boehner is a real loss, he comprised more than you think. If anything is hurting Hillary it is herself because, well, she is a proven liar… Remember the sniper fire in Bosnia? Her husband’s affair was a vast right wing conspiracy. She signed an agreement that all foreign donations to Clinton Foundation were supposed to be disclosed and approved and they weren’t. She was supposed to use a government email address, now we find out she was phished and God knows what else. She was against the Iraq war, Keystone, gay marriage, gay’s openly serving in military then after political winds shifted she was against all these thing’s. She sucks as a candidate, you didn’t want her in 2008 but you really think she is better now? Regardless, everything in DC is political and not about the truth and if your just figuring this out you have zero biz voting.

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      You believe every single scandal that the right wing bubble fabricates. Every single one. You are the target audience for the bogus hearings and scandal mongering the right wing bubble pushes. There is literally, no fake scandal about Hillary you would disagree with, as you’ve just outlined. Typical mindless bagger.

      • Dennis

        McCarthy didn’t create the committee and he isn’t on the committee. He sees and comments on what we all see, and that this committee found out Hillary was hiding 60,000 emails from the public. We’ll know infinitely more about Benghazi than all the former committees found combined because this committee had subpoena power. Without it, we’d never even know Hillary was using a private server.

        Sorry it upsets you so much to get access to the public records.

        Keep fighting for secrecy, Creeayshun.

        Mook.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        I don’t care what she ate for lunch as much as brainless repubes do.

        Time to loosen the tinfoil hat buddy and up the meds.

        And she legally used a private server. That is a huge “so what”. Next. Although, I’m sure that is earthshattering to you scandal mongers….LOL

      • Dennis

        Is that your criteria here, that she legally used a private server to thwart FOIA and the public record and shield herself from legislative oversight?

        Such nobility from you.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        What is the proof of your allegation that she, “used a private server to thwart FOIA and the public record and shield herself from legislative oversight”? Such a sweeping accusation should come with evidence. But hey, you don’t need evidence if your only intention is to smear…..Just keep repeating those conspiracy theories and somehow you start believing it. Typical brainwashed teabagger

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Still waiting on your “evidence”, Dense. Put up or go the EFF away.

      • Dennis

        You have no evidence that he has nothing. Committee is still working and not announcing their findings. Make bold pronouncements at your won peril.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Did you really just post that…..I have no evidence they have nothing…..OMFG.

        BTW, bold pronouncements at my own peril? Come on. The GOP is has become a feces slinging bunch of nitwits. They have NOTHING! ZERO! NADA! ZILTCH! This is pure political theater that you are paying them to continue. Go away Dense

      • Araceli

        Which proves that he’s an idiot for trying to take credit for it. So I’m watching CNN with Wolf Blitzer and who should be on the show, none other then Jason Chaffetz, and guess what? he’s taking credit for it. He said in this interview that “He and Trey Gowdy single handedly started the committee on Benghazi”. Again proving that you’re party will go after anything to try and get something to stick to Hillary. It was no secret that Hillary had a private server, other politicians also have private servers including Republicans. This I’m sure is changing as we speak. Jeb Bush has or at least had a private server. Republicans got interested in the Server issue when they thought this would be a way to go through her emails with a fine tooth comb. Soooo much hate from the party that claims to be soooo Religious.

      • Dennis

        Polticians are political, color me shocked. Not Hillary, though. She only set up a private server because she wanted on Blackberry. And you believe that.

        Thanks for the sanctimonious lecture, though, Ara. I’ll save it for later review.

      • Araceli

        What ever her reason for wanting a Private server is her business. We live in a free country. I’m sure that she’s having second thoughts on that one. Not because it was or is illegal, not because she was the only one to to do. I do hope that we all learn from this especially Democrats, that the Republicans who don’t know how to govern will gladly waste tax payer money to investigate anything you do, if they feel you are a threat to them.

      • Dennis

        Congressional oversight, Ara. Elections have consequences. Dems will do the same one day, guaranteed.

        If Elijah Cummings has evidence of malfeasance, he should come forward with it.

      • Araceli

        As I’ve mentioned before maybe even here. Democrats have always been better for our country. Just go back and do some research. I however don’t get your meaning about congressional oversight. We are talking about the use of a Private Server are we not. So for you all of a sudden to bring up Elijah Cummings, makes no sense. Or is this some kind of VooDoo or Republican strategy when you don’t have a good response just confuses the issue. Try again.

    • Araceli

      You are so full of it. It’s not that Hillary has lied, it’s what your party has been trying to proof, and haven’t. Your party tried with White Water and guess what You found Nothing!. I voted for her before and will vote for her now. The only reason she didn’t win last time, is that we had two Excellent Candidates, the votes between both of them were so close, Barack Obama won because he got the most pledged delegates. The reason Benghazi is so important to Republicans and why they have stretched it out so long is because they want to ruin her run for office. It is the reason the Email investigation was started, they want to go through her emails with a fine tooth comb in hopes of finding something they can link with Benghazi, which I tell you again you’re party is wasting their time and out tax dollars. Republicans don’t know how to govern but they sure do know how to waste money, Tax Payer Money! Democrats have always been best for the Country. Think of all the thing you use and/or one day will depend on, they were started by Democrats and opposed by Republicans, small example; Unions, Credit Union, Social Security, Unemployment, etc. Republican Voters vote against their own best interest. The mess our country finds itself in today is due to Republicans. Recent History, Facts; Reagan started Trickle Down Economics, that didn’t work, only for the top 10%, He took over 2 trillion from Social Security and put in I.O.U.s. He closed down mental hospitals and put patients out on the street, He pushed for deregulation helping the rich get richer, He didn’t balance his budget and drove the National Debt sky high, Bush Sr. also didn’t balance his budge, driving debt even higher, he started a war that he didn’t finish, he just stirred up the hornets nest, creating a lot of the terrorists groups we have to deal with today. Bush Jr (W.) wasted the Surplus Clinton left and then started a war with the wrong country. (but he thought it was the right country because he wanted to finish his father’s war, plus they had put a hit on his dad Bush Sr. (there is video of W. saying that they wanted to kill his dad). plus he started the the housing melt down, and the bailing out of the banking industry. All these are Facts that you can easily look up. have a great day.

      • Dennis

        15 people were charged with over 40 crimes in the Whitewater investigation, including Bill Clinton’s successor as governor. It led to Bill Clinton’s eventual impeachment. Only an idiot would claim they found nothing.

        Barack Obama beat because she’s a lousy candidate. She’s untrustworthy, a phony, lacks energy,and is totally dependent on her aides for the simplest of things, like iced tea, changing channels on a radio, driving a car, and using a remote control.

      • Araceli

        Well me let educate you, because it’s becoming evident who the Idiot is and that would be you. So Read and Learn. First of all, Do you know on what grounds Bill Clinton was impeached?… it was because he lied about “SEX”, something All “Married Men” would lie about, they have and they do. So again to Whitewater, Republican hatred for the Clinton’s runs so deep that when Ken Starr took over the committee they went after everyone like they were the Gestapo, a lot of the the people who they went after and threatened, confessed to a “lesser crime”(from the list of crimes they were threatened with whether they was True or Not) just to put it all behind them. They especially went hard after Jim and Susan McDougal. The poor man was old and dying, under heavy medication but they didn’t let up. Ken Starr’s people wrote up a scenario and had him sign it which he did so that they would let him die in peace. Then they wanted Susan to sign it. She refused to do so, she claims she told the truth but Starr and his committee did not want to hear that, they wanted her to go along with their version, so she sat in jail until Bill Clinton pardoned her. The committee ruined lives, just to get the Clintons, and guess what? they didn’t. The committee really just settled for whatever they could get, example: Tucker got a little over a year “Home Detention”, Hubble got one year “Probation”, etc. The only one who really did a lot of time for the “Crime” of not going along with Ken Starr’s fictional version of events was Susan McDougal. This was five years of wasted Tax Payer Money.
        So Now let us get to the “SEX”, remember all those judgmental Republicans who claim to be such devout Christians, who were so shocked and appalled by Clinton having lied about a sex act. I want you to remember this: Republicans are against Abortion, Gay Sex, Sex outside of Marriage, so just keep this in mind as we continue.Let us first start with former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, remember, this man, along with his party ,claim to not believe in “Abortion” yet he forced his wife to have an abortion and he even drove her to it. When he stated that there was no one with “Less Morals then Clinton” for having had an affair with Monica. He was married while having a “Six Year Affair with his now wife”(for the record that’s his third wife) so what do you think they were doing for those six years??? not to mention that when he met his second wife, his first wife was in the hospital dying of cancer. Then let us not forget another Republican Speaker of the house; Denny Hastert, and his recent indictment for lying to the F.B.I. about a 3.5 million dollar cover up on what?…”Sex” while he was married, with who a “Man” oh I take that back, a “Minor” and then there are all the other minor Republicans who have been in the News since Clinton’s Impeachment all having left office under a cloud of “Sex Scandals”.
        If we keep this up, I’m going to have to charge you a fee for educating you.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        It’s not possible for me to upvote that one enough. Nice!

      • Araceli

        I was typing so fast I just realized that I put “me” before “Let ” it’s just that I was a little irritated.

  • Creeayshun Sighuntist

    It is long past time to impeach every single repube involved and subpoena every single email from the hacks who initiated this ridiculous political stunt. Not only is it a waste of time and resources, they have been using their office and position only to slander HRC. Every penny spent for every resource, (salaries, use of office space, email servers, staff, everything) needs to be reimbursed to the taxpayers of the United States directly out of these clowns’ salaries.

    • Dennis

      Sounds like you want the Dems to go on a witch hunt.

      Yep, that’s exactly what you’re calling for.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        No, it’s called getting to the bottom of the GOP’s concerted effort and intent, and why they have devoted 2-3 years and millions of tax dollars on a political stunt that was only intended to damage the Democratic frontrunner. America wants to know who is actually making decisions for the republican party and who exactly is on the blame line. Also, what do Americans GAIN by this large expenditure of tax dollars and human resources? Is this what they are getting elected and paid to do and in their job description? Is this what Republicans consider to be “governing”? These are legitimate questions.

      • Dennis

        It’s $3 million. A small price to pay if it prevents another Benghazi from happening. We now know infinitely more than we did before that committee was formed, which was well before Hillary announced her intentions.

        Keep fighting against the public record, CS. Had this committee not been formed and given subpoena power, all Hillary’s emails would still be stashed away in some warehouse or bathroom somewhere. No doubt you’d prefer that.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        This money was and is being currently spent for the sole purpose of damaging Hillary’s reputation. Keep fighting reality Dense…… Oops….someone should have told your boy the cameras were actually rolling…..

      • Dennis

        Where’s the smoking gun for that crazy contention?

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        You should watch the news….LOL

      • Dennis

        Amazing you think this absolves Hillary.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Absolves her of what? There is still no “there” there. I’m amazed you think this is something other than a taxpayer funded slander campaign.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        What have they found in these emails? Show me the smoking gun……any smoking gun….anywhere…. You can’t. There is no “there” there.

      • Dennis

        Lot’s of smoking guns. FBI and Select Committee both keeping tight-lipped about it. Sorry that bothers you. McCarthy’s ham-handed statement to Hannity doesn’t let Hillary off the hook like you’re hoping it does. Why don’t you write a letter to Trey Gowdy like David Brock did, it might make you feel better about yourself.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Name one smoking gun. If you have it, post it. Howdy doody doesn’t have it……

      • Dennis

        I’m pretty sure he has plenty. Otherwise why all the squawking from the bed-wetters here?

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        sure Dense….so, no proof. You just “feel” that he has proof and that is good enough for you. Got it.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        In the famous words of Dense: “I’m pretty sure he has plenty”.

        Well, case closed then. Whew. That is all it takes to convince a mouth-breathing teabagger.

      • Dennis

        What evidence do you have to the contrary, genius?

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        I don’t need to disprove a fabrication, nor does anyone else. Try to keep up Dense

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        BTW, how many Billions of emails do you think she actually could send? HAHAHAHAHAHAH…..Millions? Billions???? Maybe a hundred? Is she a superhuman emailer? LOL

      • Dennis

        We know how many she sent. Odd that she sent more private emails than she sent work emails, don’t you think? And we see how many of her work emails were about how f–ing helpless she was, like asking to get iced tea, how to use the remote, how to change channels on the car radio.

        Sorry you’d prefer her just wiping out her whole server and keeping it all from the public record and any FOIA requests. Your party fought hard for the Freedom of Information Act. She want to thwart it. You cheer for her in doing it. You’re a despicable clown.

      • Araceli

        Keep digging you may get her on a sex scandal.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        No…..good god, you can spot a conspiracy in absolutely everything. What she had for lunch, emails to her daughter, literally anything and everything. It’s a sickness you have. Seriously. You aren’t right. Seek help. Clinton Derangement Syndrome has gotten the best of you and the majority of republitards.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        And I’ll tell you how to mitigate terrorist attacks: Elect Democrats.

        The worst terrorist attacks happen when the GOP is in office because they don’t know how to lead, manage a government, or do anything other than fund the military after the fact. How many meetings on Bin Laden and terrorism did the Bush administration have prior to 9/11/01? How many meetings? How concerned was he after taking office, since the USS Cole incident had just happened and we knew who he was? Go read those emails buddy…..

      • Dennis

        We had him ready to take out and Clinotn nixed it. Worried it might hurt his reputation with the far left crazies. He did nothing about the USS Cole.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Sure bud….you are probably stupid enough to believe that

  • Creeayshun Sighuntist

    Nothing like exploiting the deaths of 4 Americans to score political points against our next President. You stay classy GOP.

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    • Dennis

      Nothing like blaming their deaths on an obcure internet video because you’re afraid of the political implications in an upcoming election. About as classy as it gets, CS.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Still at the exploitation phase of your project, huh? Keep it up.

      • Dennis

        Liars lie, CS. That’s what they do. Once they start, they don’t usually stop. Coming to a committee and mugging for the cameras and saying “What difference does it make?” isn’t testimony and doesn’t answer any questions to help prevent another Benghazi from happening next time we have another inept Secretary of State asleep on the job.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        Too bad you aren’t actually concerned about the deaths of Americans because if you were, you would be investigating all of the deaths on American soil by firearm and the quickest possible way to mitigate them. Your faux outrage is pathetic and childish. You only care about the deaths that Fox and the right wing echo chamber command you to care about. Just go away Dense. You POS

  • ORAXX

    This is a surprise to anyone? The Republicans never investigated any of the embassy attacks that occurred under the Bush administration.

  • Bridgette Rodriguez

    I changed my party affiliation from Independent to Democrat in order to vote for the only candidate with integrity that I believe will move things forward for our country–Bernie Sanders. I will never, repeat never, vote for Hillary Clinton. As a 35 year federal employee who held a Secret national security clearance, etc., what she did by setting up a private email server and using it exclusively as Sec. of State was more than incredibly foolish and put our national security at risk (which is horrible enough)–oh, no, I know in my heart of hears that she did it purposely to avoid her email from being known and open to release based on Freedom of Info Act requests from “we, the people”, from our Congress/representatives, from the press, etc., and to have the ability to wipe the server clean, if caught, and then turn over what she wanted to. Integrity matters and she has none, just based on that alone and my knowledge in this area of national security clearances. And, there’s more to the email issue, but I’ll leave it at that. IF she ends up with the D nomination, I will NOT vote for her in the Presidential election. I either will not vote at all, or will be forced to look at the Republican candidate.

  • Sanity Please

    “Benghazi committee not a witch hunt” has as much credibility as “more guns will make us safer.” Both BS.