Why a Select Committee on Benghazi might be a Bad Idea

If you were looking for a reason to be suspicious of a House Select Committee to investigate what happened in Benghazi, Senator Lindsey Graham may have just provided one. The reason is that Graham himself supports the formation of such a committee.

First, here is the senior Senator from South Carolina on Fox and Friends this morning, via NRO (h/t Hot Air):

Sounds great, right? Before anyone gets on the Lindsey Graham bandwagon, consider that it was just a few short months ago that Graham joined his traitorous colleague John McCain (RINO-AZ) on a trip to Egypt as emissaries on behalf of Barack Obama, to ask for the release of Muslim Brotherhood leaders after Mohammed Mursi was removed from power on July 3rd.

The truth about Benghazi is that there was Egyptian involvement in the attacks on 9/11/12. Evidence implicating Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has only grown since Graham and McCain made their trip to Egypt in an attempt to get that group’s leaders released.

Graham: Called for release of Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Egypt.

Graham: Called for release of Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Egypt.

Graham: Wanted release of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood leaders.

Graham: Wanted release of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood leaders.

Based on that, why would Graham be so adamant about the formation of a House Select Committee? Could it be because he’s up for reelection next year and he wants to be seen as fighting to get to the bottom of what happened? Perhaps but if that were true, why would he also call for the release of Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Egypt? The latter doesn’t square with being concerned about reelection.

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) has been the guy leading the call for the formation of such a Committee. As such, it’s most likely that his plan – or a slight variation of it – for forming the Committee would be followed.

If Wolf’s plan were followed, it wouldn’t be about who’s on the committee. The story would be who isn’t.

Under the Wolf plan, the Chairmen and Ranking members of the following House Committees would automatically be on the Select Committee:

House Intelligence Committee
Chairman: Mike Rogers (R-MI)
Ranking Member: C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD)

House Foreign Affairs Committee
Chairman: Ed Royce (R-CA)
Ranking Member: Eliot Engel (D-NY)

House Armed Services Committee
Chairman: Buck McKeon (R-CA)
Ranking Member: Adam Smith (D-WA)

House Judiciary Committee
Chairman: Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
Ranking Member: John Conyers (D-MI)

Homeland Security Committee
Chairman: Michael McCaul (R-TX)
Ranking Member: Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS)

House Oversight Committee
Chairman: Darrell Issa (R-CA)
Ranking Member: Elijah Cummings (D-MD)

Save for Issa, none of those Republicans are real firebrands who make witnesses nervous in committee hearings. McCaul and Royce perhaps come closest. The Democrats like Engel, Conyers, and Cummings will all fight tooth and nail to defend to Obama administration at all costs. Congressmen like Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Patrick Meehan (R-PA), Cynthia Luumis (R-WY), and several others could end up on the outside looking in.

According to Wolf’s plan, the remaining five members (presumably three Republicans and two Democrats) would likely be selected by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

Instead of agreeing with Lindsey Graham, those who think a House Select Committee is the way to go, perhaps would be better served by allowing Graham’s endorsement to give them pause.