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Alan Grayson files ethics complaint over GOP Benghazi committee



Rep. Alan Grayson filed an ethics complaint today against two top House Republicans over the creation of the Benghazi committee that has dogged Hillary Clinton.

“Representative Kevin McCarthy and Trey Gowdy have violated federal law and House rules by using funds appropriated to the Select Committee on Benghazi to oppose the Presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton,” reads Grayson’s complaint.

Grayson, a Democratic candidate for Senate, got national attention this morning on CNN. The complaint was first reported by Amy Sherman of the Miami Herald. The issue blew up after McCarthy, a front-runner to replace Speaker John Boehner, went on Fox News and tied the Benghazi probe to Clinton's standing in polls. Numerous Republicans have criticized McCarthy, who has tried to walk back his remarks.

“Rep. McCarthy has made it clear that the Select Committee on Benghazi is not political and only focused on getting to the truth," a spokesman said in a statement Wednesday.

From the complaint:

“On September 29, 2015, Representative McCarthy appeared on The Sean Hannity Show on Fox News, and he stated that the true purpose of the Select Committee on Benghazi was not to investigate the tragic death of four Americans killed during the terrorist attacks on U.S. facilities in Libya, but rather to drive down the poll numbers of Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.  Specifically, Representative McCarthy stated that: 'Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right?  We put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? ‘Cause she is untrustable. But no one would’ve known any of that had happened had we not fought and made that happen.' This is a clear and unequivocal misuse of appropriated funds for political purposes, which is prohibited by the regulations of the Committee on House Administration."

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 9:45am]


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