Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsOvernight Cybersecurity: Lawyer charged in Mueller probe pleads guilty to lying | Sessions launches cyber task force | White House tallies economic impact of cyber crime Oversight Dems urge Equifax to extend protections for breach victims Top Oversight Dem pushes for White House opioid briefing MORE (D-Md.) on Thursday said Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Trump: CNN, MSNBC 'got scammed' into covering Russian-organized rally Pennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district map MORE “can fend for herself” in further investigations over Benghazi. 

On MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” Cummings was asked whether any representatives for the former secretary of State communicated with House Democrats about participating in the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

“No, no. Let me be clear. I believe that Secretary Clinton can fend for herself,” said Cummings, who was named ranking member of the panel a day earlier.

The congressman said he’s concerned Republicans will not act fairly, citing the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Cummings is the top Democrat on that panel.  

Cummings said its chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), would bring in witnesses to speak about Benghazi, but Democrats did not have access to those witnesses.

“If there’s not a search for the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, there’s a problem. So it’s better to be in the room,” he said, explaining the reason for the Democrats’ decision to participate. 

Cummings said he would meet with the Benghazi panel’s appointed chairman, Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand GOP lawmakers: Obama admin ‘hastily’ wrote lead ammunition ban MORE (R-S.C.), “very shortly” to discuss the committee’s direction. 

“We’re going to be going over what the aim of the committee is and what questions they’re trying to answer,” he said.

Despite his willingness to get involved, Cummings said he’s “still trying to figure out what the purpose” of the committee is after at least seven government investigations into the terror attack.

On Wednesday, former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) questioned Rep. Tammy Duckworth's (D-Ill.) loyalties. The Iraq war veteran and double amputee was appointed to the select committee on Wednesday.

Asked for a reaction, Cummings said, “It doesn’t even deserve a response. He should be ashamed of himself. If I see him, I’ll tell him that."