WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., said that the Thursday House vote to establish a select committee on the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack is of little concern to Americans outside of the Republican Party, and that people are not “going to lose sleep” over the issue.
Speaking with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto about the House vote, which ultimately approved the special panel by 232-186 votes, the New York Democrat said that special concern being placed on the investigation into the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks that killed four Americans at the U.S. Consulate are misguided.
“I think it’s tragic that the Republican Party would destroy itself in 2016 by not having one issue that the American people believe should be a priority,” Rangel told Fox News. “I don’t think people, Americans, Democratic or Republicans, are going to lose sleep over Benghazi. And I really think that they’re concerned about the economy and jobs and immigration. What I’m talking about is, is that if the Democrats are the only ones standing on their feet in 2016, America has lost.”
Rangel said that Rep. Darrell Issa’s, R-Calif., House Oversight Committee has spent an excessive amount of time investigating the Benghazi attacks for this committee to show that there is “no confidence in him,” and that “now they’re going to have a select committee to study what we already studied.”
Only seven Democrats joined Republicans in approving the panel, and House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., took to Twitter to ridicule the GOP for the vote.
“GOP failed to ensure a fair #Benghazi committee by refusing to give Ds an equal voice. America deserves better than another partisan review,” she tweeted on Thursday.
She also tweeted a “Throw Back Thursday” post noting House Speaker John Boehner’s April comments on Fox News: “I see no reason to break up all the work that’s been done to take months and months and months to create some select committee.”
Pelosi followed it up by tagging a #GOPsham hashtag criticizing the Benghazi panel approval.
Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the attack.