3 in 4 say Benghazi committee politically motivated

Nearly three in four Americans say the House Select Committee on Benghazi is mostly using its investigation to score political points, according to a new CNN/ORC poll.

Seventy-two percent said the panel is being used to score political points, compared to 23 percent who said it was carrying out an objective probe of the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya.

The survey results come as former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMcAuliffe says he won't run for president in 2020 Chuck Todd slams reports that DOJ briefed Trump on Mueller findings: 'This is actual collusion' Crowdfund campaign to aid historically black churches hit by fires raises over M MORE, the Democratic presidential front-runner, appears before the panel Thursday to testify on the attack. 

The CNN poll found that 40 percent of Americans think the GOP-led congressional hearings into Benghazi have "gone too far," down 4 points from before the summer. 
 
Meanwhile, a slim majority, 51 percent, say Republicans have handled the hearings appropriately, up from 48 percent in late May and early June. 
 
Two House Republicans, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyWatchdog: Custodial staff alleged sexual harassment in lawmakers' offices John Legend, Chrissy Teigen lash out at Trump at Dem retreat Republicans call for ex-Trump lawyer Cohen to be referred to DOJ MORE (Calif.) and Rep. Richard Hanna (N.Y.), and a former committee staffer drew headlines for suggesting the panel was improperly focused on Clinton.
 
The CNN results are from a survey of slightly more than 500 adults conducted Oct. 14-17 immediately after the first Democratic debate last week with a margin of error of 4.5 points.