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Democrats On Benghazi Panel See Role As Defensive

Nancy Pelosi Holds News Conference : News Photo      View similar images     More from this photographer     Download comp  Nancy Pelosi Holds News Conference Caption:WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 21: (L-R) Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-CA), Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) and Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) appear for a news conference on Capitol Hill, May 21, 2014 in Washington, DC. Leader Pelosi named the five Democrats to serve on the special committee looking into the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images,)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The five Democrats on the House Select Committee on Benghazi are being counted on to defend the Obama administration’s record as November’s elections creep closer.

All five voted against the special investigation. Most have described it as a political stunt and waste of time.

Each now says it’s important to participate in the Republican-led probe of how a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed at a U.S. diplomatic installation in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, and how the administration responded.

They share this overriding sentiment: Without their presence, Republican accusations against President Barack Obama, his top officials and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, a possible presidential front-runner in 2016, would go unchallenged.

They’ve expressed little belief they might find new evidence pointing to administration wrongdoing.

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