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 Gowdy (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 Boehner (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 Boehner dodged several questions last week when asked if he would do the same.