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Harry Reid on Benghazi: ‘I haven’t had time to read everything’

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.). (The Washington Post)

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said it's up to House Democrats whether to participate in a special select committee to investigate the Sept. 2012 terrorist attacks on U.S. diplomatic outposts in Benghazi, Libya, but that the Senate certainly won't get involved.

"I don't need to mess in their politics," Reid said when asked whether House Democrats should participate in the new committee, adding that it would be a decision for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) to make. "I do say this: Again, what-- I'm-- this is an important issue. There's no scandal there. It's a tragedy. 25,000 pages of documents they have."

Reid made his comments during an interview Wednesday with NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd. The portions regarding Benghazi are set to air Friday on Todd's MSNBC program, "The Daily Rundown."

When asked whether he had any unanswered questions about the attacks, Reid said: "I haven't had time to read everything, 25,000 pages. But that's enough. Enough's enough.  This is an issue, is -- is I'm -- I'm not trying to, in any way, minimize the -- the -- the deaths that took place.  And that's a sad commentary."

As to whether the Senate would ever empanel a similar select committee to investigate the attacks, Reid said: "No," and suggested that by focusing on the issue it would distract from consideration of legislation to help create jobs or combat climate change.

"All they wanna do is have hearings," Reid said of Republicans.

Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.



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