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Now the tables have turned.
The Republicans tried to use all the numerous Benghazi investigations to hurt Hillary's chances of getting elected. To a degree, their strategy worked, even though the email "scandal" also helped to defeat her.
Now, Nancy Pelosi will be starting an independent commission to investigate the January 6 insurrection.
Here's some key points:
Republican lawmakers who voted against the creation of an independent commission openly worried that its product might negatively affect the GOP in the 2022 midterm election cycle. But the commission would have had a deadline of the end of this year to produce a report; it is far from certain that a select committee would have to function on as tight a timeline.
Remember, the TEN Benghazi "investigations" lasted for three years.
The select committee — which will require a majority vote in the Democratic-led House to be formed — is a signal that Pelosi wants to centralize those investigations in one body that will be equipped with subpoena power and tasked with publishing its findings.
But a select committee is all but guaranteed to be a more partisan forum than an independent commission would have been — meaning the parties may come no closer to a consensus about why Jan. 6 happened and who is to blame for it at the end of the probe than they are at present.
It is not yet clear how large Pelosi’s planned Jan. 6 panel will be or how the seats on it will be distributed. It is also not clear when she will demand the panel publish its findings. Pelosi said Thursday that the timeline “will be as long as it takes for them — the time they need to do the investigation of the causes of this.”
“There are two actual paths,” the speaker added. “One is about the root causes of it — the white supremacy, the antisemitism, the Islamophobia, all the rest of it that was so evident. . . . The other is the security of the Capitol and what it means to be ready for such an insurrection.”
She said that while authorities “could have been better prepared” for that day’s events, “I don’t think anybody would have foreseen an insurrection incited by the president of the United States.”