Cummings, Smith Statement on Republican One-Year Update

May 8, 2015
Press Release
Republicans Appear to Reject Clinton Hearing in May

WASHINGTON— Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, and Rep. Adam Smith, Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statements in response to the Republican interim progress update. The update appears to reject scheduling a hearing with Secretary Clinton in May, stating that the Committee will not schedule the hearing until the Chairman “is satisfied that all the relevant information has been provided by both the State Department and her.”

Ranking Member Elijah Cummings stated: “At every turn, the Select Committee comes up with a new excuse to further delay its work and then blames its glacial pace on someone else.  Republicans are desperately trying to validate the $3 million in taxpayer funds they have spent over the past year, but they have nothing to show for it other than a partisan attack against Secretary Clinton and her campaign for president.  Like the investigation itself, this memo is short on substance, short on accomplishments, and short on a plan for how to get this investigation done.”  

Ranking Member Adam Smith stated: “The Republican Progress update and admission that the final report won’t be made public until 2016 begs the question: What have we spent three million dollars on?  Their lack of any real progress makes clear that this Committee’s goal isn’t a legitimate investigation – it’s a three million dollar publically financed political attack committee.”



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