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House Democratic Leadership 'Leaning Toward' Playing Ball on Benghazi Select Committee

Democrats would appoint five members, but still think the committee is a sideshow.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi(Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

After weeks of debate within party ranks whether to participate, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is now leaning toward appointing members of her conference to the Benghazi Select Committee.

Pelosi met with members of House Democratic leadership this morning and will likely hold another meeting this afternoon to update them on negotiations between her and House Speaker John Boehner. "No decision has been made, but Pelosi is now leaning toward appointing a full complement of members," says a senior Democratic aide.

 

The panel has slots for seven Republicans, who were appointed last week, and five Democrats. Democratic leaders had lobbied for an even split, but when it became clear that wasn't going to happen, they pressed Republicans to ensure equal representation on various issues, such as subpoenas and the right to be present and participate in the deposition of witnesses.

Pelosi and Boehner met Tuesday afternoon. "We have offered assurances on committee procedures, but no substantive changes that could hurt the investigation," says a House GOP leadership aide.

That may remain a sticking point for Democrats, particularly when it comes to the deposition of witnesses; Democrats have insisted that they want the right, not just the assurance, that they can be present and participate.

 

Pelosi and Boehner met Tuesday afternoon. "We have offered assurances on committee procedures, but no substantive changes that could hurt the investigation," says a House GOP leadership aide.

That may remain a sticking point for Democrats, particularly when it comes to the deposition of witnesses. Democrats have insisted that they want the right, not just the assurance, that they can be present and participate.

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