House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy says the congressional committee investigating the Benghazi attack is not politically motivated. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy defended the U.S. congressional committee investigating the attack in Benghazi, Libya, on Wednesday (October 7), saying the panel is after the truth, not political gains. McCarthy's comment came after he said in a television interview last week that the federally funded investigation had successfully dented Clinton's poll numbers as she seeks her party's presidential nomination. "Benghazi is not political. It was created for one purpose and one purpose - to find the truth on behalf of the families of four dead Americas. Period. I've been very clear about this, and don't use politics to try to change this around," McCarthy said at a news conference held by House Republican leaders. McCarthy later said he had not meant to suggest the committee's purpose was to harm the former secretary of state's chance of winning the November 2016 election. Clinton, who was the top U.S. diplomat at the time of the Benghazi attack in 2012, and fellow Democrats have seized on the comments as proof of what they say has been a politically motivated congressional investigation focused on the candidate rather than the incident, which killed four Americans. The committee was set up in 2014 after other congressional investigations on Benghazi ended. The House committee has largely focused on Clinton's response to the attack in Libya but has expanded to investigate her use of a private email server instead of government email while at the State Department. The comments could hurt McCarthy, who is seeking to become the next House speaker in a vote later this month. Current House Speaker John Boehner came to McCarthy's defense during the news conference. "There is not one American who in the course of their lifetime wouldn't rather have the opportunity to say words over again," Boehner said. "Benghazi's committee is about what happened before, during and after terrorist in Libya," he added. Clinton's campaign this week released a new ad featuring McCarthy's remarks in an attempt to rally her supporters ahead of her Oct. 22 testimony to the committee.