Another GOP Congressman admits the Benghazi Committee was set up to attack Hillary

Speaking on a radio program in upstate New York yesterday, Republican Congressman Richard Hanna reiterated Kevin McCarthy’s admission that the House Select Committee on Benghazi is a government-funded opposition research firm designed to raise Hillary Clinton’s unfavorables and bring down her poll numbers.

Here’s the audio, via ThinkProgress (start at 9:45):

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As Hanna said:

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

After what Kevin McCarthy said, it’s difficult to accept at least a part of it was not [political]…I think that’s the way Washington works. But you’d like to expect more from a committee that’s spent millions of dollars and tons of time.

Hillary Clinton talks to Ron Johnson Benghazi

Hillary Clinton talks to Ron Johnson about Benghazi.

Hanna’s admission, coupled with the allegations from former committee staffer Bradley Podliska that he was fired for not being eager enough to use his role as an investigator politically, are black marks on the committee’s upcoming hearings on October 22nd, which will feature testimony from Hillary Clinton. She was already comfortable going on the offensive during Tuesday night’s debate regarding the Benghazi committee, quipping that “this committee is basically an arm of the Republican National Committee.” While Democrats have been saying this ever since the committee’s inception, Republican corroboration legitimizes the claim for the general public.

I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a few more Republican members of Congress suggest in the coming days that they agree with Hanna. Now that McCarthy’s broken the first rule of Benghazi club (you don’t talk about Benghazi club), he’s cleared the way for others to follow suit. Hanna doesn’t get asked about the politicization of Benghazi — nor does he give the answer he does — had McCarthy not paved the way. But he can’t be the only Republican who doesn’t seriously believe that the Benghazi committee is, at this point, solely focused on finding justice for American victims of a terror attack.

So, who’s next?

Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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