October 22, 2015

Tammy Duckworth’s Politically-Motivated Flip Flop On Benghazi Committee

As Hillary Clinton begins her testimony in front of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Rep. Tammy Duckworth, who sits on the committee, is able to question the former Secretary of State about the attacks in Libya that left four Americans dead, a process she consistently advocated for prior to undermining the committee in recent days.

When she was appointed last year, Duckworth embraced the committee’s mission:

Duckworth, in statement, said she already had spent a great deal of time searching for the facts about the attacks through work on two committees: Armed Services, and Oversight and Government Reform. Talking about the attacks, she added: “I want to make sure that no American diplomat, no American life, no American service member, is ever put in the same kind of jeopardy again.”

Just a few short months ago, Duckworth was more explicit about the need for complete transparency from Hillary Clinton, calling on her to testify before the committee, telling reporters “I think transparency is better and [Clinton] needs to – and she needs to come before the Benghazi committee and testify as well.”

Today Clinton is testifying as Duckworth requested, but in the intervening months, Duckworth withdrew her support for the committee’s work. Her flip flop came after Clinton endorsed her candidacy for senate in September.

While Duckworth blamed Republicans for her reversal, she failed to explain how the statements or actions of any of her colleagues would prevent her from asking questions and seeking the transparency from Clinton that she said was needed.