At a press conference Friday afternoon, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spoke about the conditions under which Congressional Democrats may, or may not, participate in the newly-formed House Select Committee on Hashtag #Benghazi, laying out conditions which Democrats would like to see met. Leader Pelosi also revealed that family members of two of the four Americans killed in the Benghazi attack have reached out to oppose the committee. “They said ‘Do not take us down this path again,'” Pelosi told reporters.
Leader Pelosi pointed out that Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) opposed a new Benghazi investigation as recently as a few weeks ago, and explained the range of options for Democrats with regard to the committee, which she called a “kangaroo court.” Those options include a total boycott, appointing one Democrat, or taking whatever the Republicans give them.
“We must have standards where a Democrat must concur on the issuance of subpoenas, decisions to depose witnesses, in the decision to interview witnesses, and with the decision to release any report, document, or information by the committee, or by the staff of the committee,” Pelosi said. She added that once negotiations at the staff level were complete, she and Speaker Boehner would meet, to possibly agree on terms.
“It’s very sad,” Leader Pelosi continued. “Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods. Two of their families have called us and said ‘Please don’t take us down this path again.’ It’s really hard for them, it’s very sad.”
According to ThinkProgress, one of the family members who reached out was that of Tyrone Woods:
One of those, ThinkProgress has learned, is the family of former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods. “A family member from the maternal side of Tyrone Woods’ family called Rep. Slaughter yesterday while she was on the floor to express support for the Congresswoman’s position,” a member of Rep. Louise Slaughter’s office confirmed to ThinkProgress. Slaughter’s office declined to offer more details out of respect for the family. Woods was present the night of the attack in the Central Intelligence Agency’s annex in Benghazi and was one of the security forces that responded to the original attack against the diplomatic outpost. Woods, along with fellow CIA security contractor Glen Doherty, died under mortar fire the night of the attack.
ThinkProgress also notes that Woods’ father, Charles, has been an outspoken supporter of the Benghazi investigations, including the latest, which Republicans have already begun using to raise campaign funds.