Chaffetz: McCarthy's Benghazi comments 'absolutely inappropriate'

Chaffetz: McCarthy's Benghazi comments 'absolutely inappropriate'
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Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzOvernight Finance: Trump pitches massive tax cuts | Freedom Caucus endorses plan | Dems slam framework | House GOP to move B border wall bill | Officials under fire for private jet use GOP lawmaker pushes to end sports leagues' tax-exempt status Republicans predict Senate ObamaCare repeal would pass House MORE (R-Utah) said on Wednesday that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) went too far by linking the House committee investigating the Benghazi attacks to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies DNC, RNC step up cyber protections Gun proposal picks up GOP support MORE’s falling poll numbers.

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“[It is] an absolutely inappropriate statement,” Chaffetz told host Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s “The Situation Room” Wednesday evening, saying McCarthy’s comment distracts from the committee’s work.

“That was not the reason we started,” Chaffetz added of the select committee. “We started because there were four dead Americans and we didn’t have answers.”

“Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee,” McCarthy told host Sean Hannity on Fox News’s “Hannity,” on Wednesday evening.

“What are her numbers today?” McCarthy asked. “Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she’s untrustable.”

“But no one would have known any of that had happened had we not fought and made that happen,” the House majority leader added.

His comments drew bipartisan condemnation.

“I totally disagree with those comments,” Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashWatchdog: Haley violated federal law by retweeting Trump endorsement House votes to crack down on undocumented immigrants with gang ties GOP lawmaker taunts House conservatives: Trump’s base is not ‘small faction of obstructionists’ MORE (R-Mich.) told CNN on Wednesday. “I think it should be a concern."

Multiple Democratic lawmakers and the White House have also criticized the remarks as partisan.

Clinton, meanwhile, on Wednesday called them “distressing,” given the Americans who died during the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

McCarthy is jockeying for the speakership position that is opening up later this month when Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew Boehner‘Lone wolf’ characterization of mass murderers is the epitome of white privilege Pelosi urges Ryan to create select committee on gun violence Ex-congressman Michael Grimm formally announces bid for old seat MORE (R-Ohio) departs.