By Russell Berman - 05/11/14 02:14 PM EDT
The chairman of the new Benghazi select committee said Sunday that Democrats criticizing Republicans for fundraising off the panel have “selective amnesia,” pointing to their money pitches related to tragedies like the Sandy Hook shooting and Hurricane Katrina.
“They raise money on Sandy Hook. They raise money on Katrina. They raise money on Iraq and Afghanistan,” Rep. Trey GowdyTrey GowdyClinton IT aide pleads Fifth, skips hearing House Oversight subpoenas FBI for Clinton investigation documents Clinton emails wiped clean after NYT story MORE (R-S.C.) said on “Fox News Sunday.” “So for me, I will not raise money on Benghazi, just like I never raised money using crime victims when I was a prosecutor, and I’ve asked my colleagues to follow suit.
“But it would be helpful,” Gowdy added, “it would be helpful if our colleagues on other side of the aisle did not have selective amnesia, when it comes to what is appropriate to raise money off of and what is not.”
Democrats have slammed the National Republican Congressional Committee for sending out a fundraising appeal mentioning the Benghazi panel that Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerRepublican Study Committee elders back Harris for chairman Dems to GOP: Help us fix ObamaCare The disorderly order of presidential succession MORE (R-Ohio) moved to form last week. They have argued it supports their claims that the select committee is politically motivated.
Gowdy has repeatedly called for an end to fundraising on Benghazi, but BoehnerJohn BoehnerRepublican Study Committee elders back Harris for chairman Dems to GOP: Help us fix ObamaCare The disorderly order of presidential succession MORE dodged several questions last week when asked if he would do the same.