"House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — after a heated debate over the issue within her caucus — officially tapped five Democrats to the special committee charged with investigating the Benghazi attacks. Democratic Reps. Elijah Cummings (Md.), Adam Smith (Wash.), Adam Schiff (Calif.), Linda Sanchez (Calif.) and Tammy Duckworth (Ill.) will serve on the panel, which is headed by South Carolina Republican Trey Gowdy." politico
When the Benghazi incident began, nobody; in Washington, at JSOC, at Africom, at the JCS or in the Sixth Fleet had any idea how long the problem in Benghazi would last. They had no idea, none, and nobody did anything. They did nothing. The situation rooms at the WH, State, CIA and the JCS all knew the incident was underway and nobody did anything. JSOC and the other military headquarters all indicated to the WH that they would act as soon as they received guidance from the WH. None came. The military cannot deploy into an overseas combat situation without presidential authorization and they never got it. That is the primary question that should be investigated. Why were the military not ordered to attempt to reach the area of action in time to do something. Almost anything would have been prefereable to doing nothing. There was a company size marine reaction force in Spain. There were US Army SF troops in the Balkans. The Ready Battalion of the 82nd Airborne Division is always ready at Ft. Bragg with their gear, ammunition and supplies loaded on aircraft. What's the flying time in jet transports from North Carolina to Benghazi?
In light of this lack of decision in the WH and the concomittant blame that attaches, it is not surprising that HC declined to appear on all those talks shows.