House Speaker John Boehner held his weekly press conference Thursday on Capitol Hill, facing a trio of questions about the propriety of Republican groups raising campaign cash off of the attacks in Benghazi, Libya -- and his decision to form a select committee to look further into the attacks.
“Our focus is on getting the answers to those families who lost their loved ones, period,” Boehner said. Asked again (and again) about the GOP fundraising effort, Boehner offered a nearly word-for-word repetition of the first answer he gave. AP's Scott Applewhite's snap of Boehner in the midst of that questioning is worth well more than 1,000 words.
Democrats have long insisted that the GOP's focus on Benghazi is purely political -- an attempt to rile up their party's base while also potentially damaging Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential ambitions. Republicans push back that many unanswered questions remain -- pointing to a recently released email by deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes as evidence.
Later on Thursday, Boehner spoke on the House floor about the Benghazi committee, carefully keeping politics entirely out of the conversation. "This doesn’t need to be, shouldn’t be and will not be a partisan process," he said. "Our system of government depends on transparency and accountability. And either we do this well or we fixed the terrifying prospect of our people having less knowledge and less power over their own government. We owe it to future generations to make the right choice."