May 14th, 2014
07:30 PM ET
6 months ago

Pelosi: Dems still uncertain on Benghazi panel, Rove comments make Hillary stronger

(CNN) – Nearly a week after the Republican-led House approved a select committee to investigate the terror attack in Benghazi, Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi indicates there’s been no decision from her caucus on whether to join the effort.

"We'll see," the California congresswoman said on Wednesday when asked by CNN's Wolf Blitzer if Democrats would participate.

"We want to show the public how unfair this process is," she said appearing on "The Situation Room," demanding that Democrats have equal access to witnesses in the investigation.

"We'll have to make a decision as to what the best way is to showcase their unfairness," she said.

House Democrats remain divided on participating, and Pelosi reiterated complaints from the left that Congress has already held multiple hearings on the September 2012 armed assault on the U.S. diplomatic compound that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

House Speaker John Boehner said last week that Democratic absence from the panel wouldn't impede the committee, though it would require the GOP group to "adhere to a higher standard."

Rove makes Hillary stronger

Pelosi also weighed in on the recent uproar over Republican strategist Karl Rove's suggestion that a 2012 Hillary Clinton health scare – she fell and was hospitalized briefly with a concussion - left her with a brain injury.

Political figures and groups on both sides of the aisle have condemned the comments, and Pelosi believes Rove’s statements will only boost her popularity as she weighs whether to launch a bid for the 2016 presidential nomination.

"I think Hillary's strength, the popularity that she's enjoyed has driven the Republicans to their wit’s end. What he said is just - he only makes her stronger," she said.

Clinton's health has been tested by her tenure as America’s top diplomat and her 2008 run for president, Pelosi said, and besides, she added, Rove is nearly as old Clinton.

Clinton did not mention Rove’s comments in public on Wednesday, but her husband came to her defense, saying she was “strong” and that he was “dumbfounded” by what Rove said.

CNN's Dan Merica contributed to this report.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    -what Benghazi? Nothing wrong with it. Rove is an idiot, USA knows so does the world. O.k. Stay united.

    May 14, 2014 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  2. rla

    Hillary looked like death warmed over after her time as Sec of State.... Any other presidential hopeful would have the question raised so don't whine as the Clintons would be the first to raise the issue... This woman is unprepared to be Pres as evidenced by her record!

    May 14, 2014 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  3. Name. willard

    I said mocked out of nancy p. That hillary clinton was not strong right obama a.d clinton hillary are keep hide lied talk story what. Happened about beghizaina right
    I said warning to nancy .p that clinton hillary are damage her brain with blood clot
    So she cant be presdient right cause she was still weak her health that she must takecareful change age her life right
    My aunt was died 3 last year from damage brain with blood clot right

    May 14, 2014 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  4. Principled Patriot

    The Republicans focusing time and energy on yet another investigation into the Benghazi incident is a waste of resources that we, the taxpayers, provide to Congress. We already know the what, when, where, how, and why of the Benghazi story. How about focusing on jobs and the economy instead, GOP?

    May 14, 2014 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  5. Miami Mike

    Why aren't we, as American's, demanding justice for an assassinated US Ambassador? Regardless of political affiliation, the fact is one of our diplomats and several other Americans were killed. As a country, we should be seeking justice.

    But... It was just a spontaneous group of protestors, not a heavily armed and highly trained group of militia. The perpetrators are still running free to this day, but they did catch the nefarious filmmaker!

    May 14, 2014 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  6. J.V.Hodgson

    Flailing around still on Benghazi with T&C of not equal representation on the panel no ability to attend Interviews etc etc ... that's not a bi partisan investigation that dictator takes all control of proceedings..... don't dignify them with attendance other a token one/two to see all transcripts and refute the more outlandish questions... reason our house members are more concerned about Jobs, the economy, minimum wage, and immigration to waste our elected representatives time on this farce.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    May 15, 2014 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  7. Marie MD

    The American people, like bo ner calls the US citizens, are tired of the Benghazi circus. I have yet to find one person, either party or no party, who doesn't think the teaklans are reaching was too far right.
    They need to investigate all the deaths during the shrub #43 administration which will come out during any political campaign. Do they really want to take that chance?
    What 2012 meltdown rove did was to give Hillary more power. I agree with that 100%. Few, see McCain and the screecher from AK and even the twit now, can lose a political campaign like Hillary did and still do what's best for the country instead of belly aching and spreading lies, innuendos and incitng hate.. She stands heads above any of these teaklans and haters.

    May 15, 2014 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  8. @RI_Roger

    Typical stall tactic..... The Speaker needs to get the bus moving. Either the Dems will jump on or sit at the bus stop and gaze from the sidewalk. The American people are tired of the Democrat slow walking and deceitful tactics; we want the truth no matter where it lies and we want it as soon as practical.

    May 15, 2014 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  9. bassman

    CNN was quick to condemn Karl Rove after he suggested Hillary Clinton has brain damage. CNN did not condemn the movie Game Change for suggesting Sarah Palin is mentally unstable. Truth is Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper participated in the movie. I wonder if they would participate in a movie suggesting Mrs. Clinton has brain damage?

    May 15, 2014 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  10. king

    politics politics politic, hell with the american people and whats good for the country. did you see our crumbling infrastructure lately, what have the repubs did to address this mountainous problem. what are these repubs searching for where Benghazi is concerned. are they still upset that they didn't get the spin they wanted on Benghazi to bury the president in the 2012 election. what are they searching for. are they going to start funding the state department so that they can have adequate security for our diplomats, so they can do away with this rag tag security apparatus they have to put up with because the happy money cutting repubs congress want to drown government into a bathtub. what are they hope to find. are they going to investigate their lord Petreaus head of the CIA at the time, for telling the white house that this incident was started by the anti Muslim video that had the whole Muslim world in a frenzy. do they have hard evidence that this wasn't the case. did they do an investigation with the people of that region and ask them what they knew about the incident, or they're going by some people in the building that thinks it was a terrorist attack. STOP SAYING IT WAS A TERRORIST ATTACK IF YOU DONT KNOW THE FACTS ON THE GROUND. and by facts on the ground, i don't mean, folk that was in the building who doesn't have a clue what the people was doing out side either. didn't the new york times investigated with the people in the surrounding areas, who was involved in the incident, and most of them say it was a spontaneous incident caused by the video. why isn't the new York Times investigation not involved in their investigation, since they were the only ones to investigate the people in that area. oh i forgot, this is all about politics politics politics, and facts doesn't matter, just emotion and rederics.

    May 15, 2014 07:48 am at 7:48 am |