Republican: Benghazi probe 'designed to go after' Hillary
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSuper PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump I voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 Neera Tanden tapped as White House staff secretary MORE’s campaign is seizing on remarks by a House Republican who said Wednesday that the Benghazi Select Committee is out to damage the former secretary of State politically.

In an interview first uncovered by ThinkProgress, Rep. Richard HannaRichard HannaDems unveil bill to block Trump Muslim ban Rep. Gowdy rips Republican for 'unfortunate' Benghazi remark Republican: Benghazi probe 'designed to go after' Hillary MORE (R-N.Y.) said he agrees with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyRepublican spin on Biden is off the mark Cheney reveals GOP's Banks claimed he was Jan. 6 panel's ranking member House votes to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress MORE (R-Calif.), who handed Clinton a political gift last month when he tied her falling poll numbers to the committee investigating the 2012 terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

“Sometimes the biggest sin you can commit in D.C. is to tell the truth,” Hanna said on the "Keeler in the Morning" radio show in New York. “This may not be politically correct, but I think that there was a big part of this investigation that was designed to go after people, and an individual, Hillary Clinton.”

“After what Kevin McCarthy said, it’s difficult to accept at least a part of it was not,” Hanna continued. “I think that’s the way Washington works. But you’d like to expect more from a committee that’s spent millions of dollars and tons of time.”

The Clinton campaign seized on the remarks, saying that the former secretary of State would still testify in front of the committee as scheduled next week, even though “the inquiry has zero credibility left.”

“House Republicans aren't even shy anymore about admitting that the Benghazi Committee is a partisan farce,” Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said in a statement.

“After failing to produce any new information on the tragic 2012 attacks at Benghazi despite a 17-month investigation, [Speaker] John Boehner [R-Ohio] has reportedly urged the committee to shift its focus to Hillary Clinton's emails in an ongoing effort to try to hurt her politically. Hillary Clinton will still attend next week's hearing, but at this point, Trey Gowdy's inquiry has zero credibility left."

McCarthy has walked his comments back, and Republican leadership is adamant that the sole purpose of the committee, led by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), is to investigate security surrounding the U.S. consulate in Libya leading up to the attack that left four Americans dead, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

But the remarks by McCarthy have opened a window for Clinton to go on the offensive over the controversy surrounding her use of a personal email account, first uncovered by the committee.

At Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas, Clinton blasted the committee as “an arm of the Republican National Committee.”

“It is a partisan vehicle as admitted by the House Republican majority leader, Mr. McCarthy, to drive down my poll numbers, big surprise, and that’s what they have attempted to do," Clinton said. "I am still standing and happy to be part of this debate.”