GOP's Benghazi truth serum: Another Republican congressman admits it's all about taking down Hillary Clinton

"Sometimes the biggest sin you can commit in D.C. is to tell the truth"

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published October 15, 2015 1:49PM (EDT)

  (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
(AP/Carolyn Kaster)

It must be something in the water.

Another week, another GOP Congressman is braving the backlash to be honest about his party's political crusade against Hillary Clinton disguised as the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

During a lengthy interview on WIBX 950's "Keeler in the Morning," New York Rep. Richard Hanna, a third term moderate Republican congressman, explained the current turmoil afflicting the House GOP caucus to host Bill Keeler.

"Kevin McCarthy basically blew himself up with that comment over the Benghazi committee," Hanna said before acknowledging that "sometimes the biggest sin you can commit in D.C. is to tell the truth."

Of course, McCarthy, the House Majority Leader, withdrew his bid to become the next Speaker of the House after repeatedly boasting that the Benghazi investigation had taken a toll on Clinton's poll numbers.

“This may not be politically correct, but I think that there was a big part of this investigation that was designed to go after people and an individual, Hillary Clinton,” Hanna admitted before quickly claiming that "there’s also a lot of it that’s important."

But with the cat let fully out of the bag, Hanna continued with his truth-telling: "After what Kevin McCarthy said, it’s difficult to accept at least a part of it was not. And I think that’s the way Washington works."

Hanna went on to lament the wastefulness of the political expedition, the tenth Congressional committee to participate in a Benghazi investigation, noting that the Rep. Trey Gowdy led Select Committee has gone on longer than the Watergate investigation. "You’d like to expect more from a committee that’s spent millions of dollars and tons of time," he said. So far, the investigation has cost taxpayers about $4.5 million dollars.

For her part, Clinton's campaign was quick to jump on Hanna's admission, using the opportunity to again denounce the existence of the Select Committee.

"House Republicans aren't even shy anymore about admitting that the Benghazi Committee is a partisan farce," Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said in a statement. "Hillary Clinton will still attend next week's hearing, but at this point, Trey Gowdy's inquiry has zero credibility left."

This latest revelation comes on the heels of reports that outgoing House Speaker John Boehner pushed the Benghazi inquiry to go after Clinton's use of personal email and a Republican ex-staffer of the committee claiming that he was fired for refusing to go after Clinton.

Clinton is set to testify before the Benghazi Select Committee on October 22.

Listen to Hanna's admission beginning at the 9:04 mark:

(H/T: Huffington Post)

Congressman Admits Truth Regarding Benghazi Committee

By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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