WASHINGTON — House Democrats said Friday that before deciding whether to participate in a new investigation on the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost at Benghazi, Libya, they want assurances from Speaker John Boehner that the Republican-run probe will be bipartisan.
Party leaders huddled with rank and file in a private session to decide whether to take part in the eighth investigation of the Sept. 11, 2012, assault, or whether they should boycott the proceedings. Democrats are split over their involvement in the work of the select committee, which will have a 7-5 Republican edge in membership.
"If there is going to be a true bipartisan inquiry, we'll participate," Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., told reporters after the meeting. "If it's engineered to be a Republican campaign strategy, it's much harder for us to participate."
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