White House rips McCarthy for Benghazi comments

White House rips McCarthy for Benghazi comments
President Obama’s top spokesman chided Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyHouse fails to pass drug bill amid Jan. 6 tensions READ: Liz Cheney's speech on the House floor Cheney in defiant floor speech: Trump on 'crusade to undermine our democracy' MORE (R-Calif.) on Wednesday for crediting the House-led Benghazi investigation for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s falling poll numbers. 
“Leader McCarthy has committed the classic Washington gaffe of saying something everyone knows is true,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters. 
McCarthy’s comments drew the ire of Democrats, who said they were proof the House’s Benghazi probe is a partisan attempt to attack a Democratic front-runner during the presidential campaign. 
"Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee," he said on Fox News's "Hannity” Tuesday night. "What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she's untrustable.”
McCarthy is considered the likely successor to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who is stepping down at the end of next month. 
Both Boehner and House Benghazi Select Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) have gone to great lengths to insist the Benghazi investigation is nonpartisan.