Despicable: Dems walk out of Benghazi hearing prior to parents’ testimony

Fifteen Democratic lawmakers walked out of the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing Thursday, just before testimony from family members of two men murdered during the terrorist raid a year ago in Benghazi, Libya.

The committee had already accepted testimony from Adm. Mike Mullen and others and was about to hear from family members of the victims. They included Patricia Smith, the mother of Sean Smith, an information management officer at the facility who was killed early in the attack along with Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

The committee was also set to hear testimony from Charles Woods, the father of former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, who was killed defending the compound from the roof of the security annex along with fellow former SEAL Glen Doherty.

At that point, the 15 Democratic members excused themselves without offering a reason and left.

Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., was so appalled by the disrespect shown the family members that he snapped a photo of the empty seats in hearing room and published it with this tweet:

Only two Democrats remained: ranking minority member Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif.

Here’s a list of the lawmakers who walked out:

Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y.

Danny Davis, D-Ill.

Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C.

Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va.

Jim Cooper, D-Tenn.

John Tierney, D-Mass.

Mark Pocan, D-Wisc.

Matt Cartwright, D-Penn.

Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M.

.Peter Welch, D-Vt.

Stephen Lynch, D-Mass.

Steven Horsford, D-Nev.

Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill.

Tony Cardenas, D-Calif.

William Lacy Clay, D-Mo.

By Thursday evening, Issa’s tweet was retweeted more than 1,100 times, many accompanied by comments calling the walkout “shameful, “ “disgusting” and “outrageous,” to mention a few.

Democrats like to paint their party as humane, compassionate and representative of the common man. Thursday was a major fail on all those counts.

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  • bornfreeamerican

    Cowards! Can’t hear what the mothers and fathers are saying about THEIR children that your dear dear leader let them die. Would NOT send help! For shame….karma will catch up with you all and Obama.

  • Loy House Household Account

    They should all be held in contempt as derelict in duty and dismissed.

    • Relabs

      Who? The 18 Republicans that were not there, or the 15 Democrats?

      • jeanbean14

        Name the Republicans!

        • pmorton

          Rep. John L. Mica (FL-07)
          Rep. Michael Turner (OH-03)
          Rep. John J. Duncan (TN-02)
          Rep. Patrick T. McHenry (NC-10)
          Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-04)
          Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT-03)
          Rep. Tim Walberg (MI-7)
          Rep. James Lankford (OK-5)
          Rep. Justin Amash (MI-3)
          Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-1)
          Rep. Pat Meehan (PA-7)
          Rep. Scott DesJarlais (TN-4)
          Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-4)
          Rep. Blake Farenthold (TX-27)
          Rep. Doc Hastings (WA-04)
          Rep. Cynthia Lummis (WY)
          Rep. Rob Woodall (GA-07)
          Rep. Thomas Massie (KY-04)

          • Christopher Richey

            Very interesting. Where did you get the list and what were they doing at the time. I have been trying to take a neutral position on this and am having a hard time locating the actual ‘presents’ that were there and where the others may have been. It is not uncommon for members to ‘attend’ hearings from their offices. My question is were the missing Pubs doing that and did the walkouts pick back up in their offices also?

          • HonestToAtee
          • jeanbean14

            Thank you. I will write to each and every one. I assume they were not there for the hearings at all, right? Or are you saying these 18 walked out along with the Democrats?

      • HonestToAtee

        No, just Obama/Hillary and your Dems, who called for the response team to “stand down” as that order can only come from the TOP?
        Now run along little Liberal.

        • qmack

          Nobody called for an order to stand down, this has been stated over and over. Why bother having these hearings if you guys aren’t paying attention to them?

          • HonestToAtee
          • lovinspoonful

            Somebody did because the seals that were killed disobeyed orders and went to the consulate anyway to help. You obviously aren’t pay attention.

      • Loy House Household Account

        Relapse, if 18 Republicans didn’t show, it wasn’t as disrespectful as getting up and walking out as she was speaking.

  • Jimmy Midgett

    They seem to forget that we the people VOTE and 2014 in right around the corner.

    • lovinspoonful

      Remember their names and what state they represent. They are not fit to serve in our government.

      • Relabs

        So who are you going to remember….the 15 Democrats or the 18 Republicans that also were not there?

        • lovinspoonful

          No republicans got up and left. So who are you going to remember? The ones who showed their disdain and disrespect for the families. No republicans nor democrats were required to be there; therefore, that was a deliberate show of disrespect which is typical of democrats.

          • disqus_mvw3F3LXmd

            no they were legally require to go vote on legislation. and issa took the opportunity to take a photo and tweet about it instead of voting on SNAP

          • lovinspoonful

            What were they voting on?

          • disqus_mvw3F3LXmd

            try and find a picture of dems or republicans walking out? it does not exist. it was a seven hour hearing and issa took the opportunity to take a pic well the res of his committee stepped out to vote. issa changed the time of the families testimony so it would conflict with voting. the families were originally going to testify first. call the committee and ask (202) 225-5074

          • HonestToAtee

            It is truly despicable that not only did the Dems who testified that the Benghazi attack was the fault of those killed but to then leave the hearing when it was time for the victims family to speak, BUT now the left also is trying to lie their way out of this terrible act, they even call Obama’s Benghazi affair of arming the Terrorists, “a phony scandal”. SCREW YOU AND OBAMA! http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/09/19/Dems-Walk-Out-Before-Parents-of-Benghazi-Victims-Testify

          • qmack

            Since you didn’t see this above, courtesy of pmorton…

            Rep. John L. Mica (FL-07)
            Rep. Michael Turner (OH-03)
            Rep. John J. Duncan (TN-02)
            Rep. Patrick T. McHenry (NC-10)
            Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-04)
            Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT-03)
            Rep. Tim Walberg (MI-7)
            Rep. James Lankford (OK-5)
            Rep. Justin Amash (MI-3)
            Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-1)
            Rep. Pat Meehan (PA-7)
            Rep. Scott DesJarlais (TN-4)
            Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-4)
            Rep. Blake Farenthold (TX-27)
            Rep. Doc Hastings (WA-04)
            Rep. Cynthia Lummis (WY)
            Rep. Rob Woodall (GA-07)
            Rep. Thomas Massie (KY-04)

          • HonestToAtee
        • jeanbean14

          Name the Republicans! WHO?!!!

          • Terry A Marks

            They can’t name them!! They too are cowards!!

          • jeanbean14

            Yes. Or else it’s a lie.

          • HonestToAtee

            It is a lie, they have no other alternative but to continue the Obama lie, they started with the “phony youtube video” excuse and now this B.S.

          • disqus_mvw3F3LXmd
          • jeanbean14

            I said, “Name the Republicans.” Not post a link to a worthless piece of crap propaganda from Media Matters. That “article” mentions not one Republican who wasn’t there. It’s just a bunch of liberal whining with pictures of the room from CSpan. Why can’t you answer the question?

          • pmorton

            Rep. John L. Mica (FL-07)
            Rep. Michael Turner (OH-03)
            Rep. John J. Duncan (TN-02)
            Rep. Patrick T. McHenry (NC-10)
            Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-04)
            Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT-03)
            Rep. Tim Walberg (MI-7)
            Rep. James Lankford (OK-5)
            Rep. Justin Amash (MI-3)
            Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-1)
            Rep. Pat Meehan (PA-7)
            Rep. Scott DesJarlais (TN-4)
            Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-4)
            Rep. Blake Farenthold (TX-27)
            Rep. Doc Hastings (WA-04)
            Rep. Cynthia Lummis (WY)
            Rep. Rob Woodall (GA-07)
            Rep. Thomas Massie (KY-04)

          • HonestToAtee
    • lmright

      Oh but Libs have an advantage, they’re motto is give the people more and more handouts, they love it, and will vote for us. Never mind budgets, huge debts and Obama having any interest in jobs. Division and bringing down America is what he’s actively doing. And, don’t forget, he sticks his nose into an everyday occurrence when he says, Trayvon could be his son. How about all the killings in Detroit and cities that are failing run by liberals. How about white people targeted by Muslim. Mumm’s, the word! Can’t wait till he’s gone!

  • heebie123

    Once again the mainstream media is not reporting this outrage. The average low information voter will know more about Kim Kardashian than they will about this disgusting display. May those heroes rest in peace and may their families find justice.

    • rlh

      Maybe main stream media isn’t reporting on it because its a fabrication. The fact is, if you ever watch CSPAN, they are always in and out… both sides. And let’s not forget a few weeks ago John McCain was playing online poker during the very serious Syria hearings. Why not get outraged over children in this country going hungry and our returning vets having to go on food stamps and other assistance. Maybe some anger over innocent people dying every day from gun violence. There are a lot more things to be up in arms about than this non issue!

  • jnortham

    So disable war vet and liberal puppet Tammy Duckworth walked out too…. turns out that she lost more than her legs, she lost her honor. What a piece of garbage.

    • lovinspoonful

      Shame on her.

    • disqus_mvw3F3LXmd

      i called her office and they said she left to go to a classified department of defense briefing

      • HonestToAtee

        They told me she went to a classified meeting on Obama’s next golf outing, no wait, IF IT IS CLASSIFIED WHY DID THEY TELL US?

        Oh, just another leftwing lie “disqus_mvw3F3LXmd”, aye?

        • qmack

          Seriously? The nature of the committee is classified, not the fact that it is meeting.

  • Rjk

    Fuckin scumbag cowards , if the shoe was on the other foot youll see how fast the answers will come
    out. And watch how many assholes will still vote
    for hillary the liar .

    • Relabs

      So the 18 Republicans of the 24 that were on the panel but not present for this portion of the hearing….or is it the 15 of the 17 Democrats?

      • HonestToAtee

        YOU LIE

    • janice

      You called it right for once….assholes voting for Hillary. And stop swearing all the time, it’s a sign of ignorance.

  • cberry2

    Just another indication of how out of control our government is! Sadly the Lame Stream media will fail to report this to the sheeple. This is a public disgrace and we need to do something about it. So get out and vote, early and often! Why not they do!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Young/100001630951601 Mike Young

    Normally, I would propose a recall petition for these arrogant Democrats that refused to listen to these victims of Benghazi, but I also realize that some of the Democrats listed here are safe in their districts because their constituents are sole Democrat voters that would never dream of recalling their electors.
    2 of them from Illinois namely Tammy Duckworth (D) from Il, and Danny Davis (D) Il, as well. Tammy Duckworth ran for election using her war injuries because of her being a Veteran of the Iraq War for pity votes and for her it worked, the Democrats in her district babied her with their votes and of course they knew she would vote for anything Obama put forward sadly. Danny Davis, on the other hand is currently and was a member of the old Black Panthers Party, and all of his constituents are Black considering he comes from a predominately Black neighborhood. Danny Davis is also a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus a group of Congresspeople who lean towards and endorse Communist, Socialists views. These two Congresspeople pretty much believe they are safe from a recall election, I wish it was not the case,but unfortunately it is.

  • francoamerian

    This is typical of how little the Democrats care about people who defend them and this country. It all leads back up to the top man (and I use the word “man” loosely in this case) who is Barack H. Obama.

    • rlh

      And Republicans care about those who defend this country by voting against a pay raise and for the sequester which cut military spending. And want another war to put them back into battle. Also voting against a living wage does not help them when they return to the civilian world. Yeh… Republicans are so good to our troops.

      • Nancy Davis

        Sequester was Potus’ doing. He and his party would not agree to the congressional budget and they took the alternative. Sequester is not a cut in spending; merely a cut in the increase of spending. Spending still increased from the previous year. Govt does not use zero based budgeting like a business. They get auto increases every year. The VA admin received bonuses this year, yet they are lacking miserably at servicing our veterans. Get ready for an economic collapse of this country b/c this is not sustainable. (17 Trillion deficit)
        Potus is the one touting a war with Syria so he can help his terrorist buddies. Trust me folks; this will be the end of mankind as we know it when we get into WWIII.

      • HonestToAtee

        The sequester was Obama’s baby you douche!
        Now pay the 17 trillion the Dems owe and shut up!

      • Noel

        You really need to get your (FACTS) right!!!

        • HonestToAtee

          You must be the douche!

      • janice

        Obama made the Sequester to try to get his way. Cutting Military is his way of control…..open up eyes, close mouth.

        Most Troops ARE Republican.

  • Nancy Davis

    POTUS and Hillary knew 8 weeks in advance of this attack. They withdrew security when Chris Stevens asked for more. They also gave him Libyan body guards whom led him straight to his attackers. Chris was tortured for 7 hours b4 his death. There was help half an hour away, but all were told to stand down. They (Potus and Hillary) wanted Chris dead so he would not tell about the gun running to the rebel terrorists. The others were supposed to be kidnapped so Potus could look good right b4 election negotiating their release. Never in the history of this country have we been known to deliberately leave Americans to die.

    • Frederick L May Sr

      We survive on a WAR TIME ECONOMY. I believe in helping when asked but, we always volunteer.

    • rlh

      And GW knew about Bin Laden and threats of attacks before 9/11… which is worse!?

      • Nancy Davis

        It’s always Geo Bush’s fault.

      • HonestToAtee

        YOU MEAN, CLINTON RIGHT?

      • janice

        you talking all this crap.

    • janice

      Exactly true, every word.

    • qmack

      You can’t be serious with this. Chris Stevens turned down extra security for Benghazi. Democrats are not going to highlight this because it makes a dead man look bad. Republicans know they won’t do it and so they take advantage and lie. Libyans are the ones who found him, pulled him out of the room and took him to the hospital. He was not tortured at all before his death, he died from the effects of smoke inhalation. Seriously, how can you possibly be as misinformed as you are?

      • janice

        Oh my…..I cannot believe you aren’t in a mental facility. One things is true, Chris was at the weak installation because he knew from Hillary about the gunrunning. The Libyans took Chris to a hospital and he died of smoke inhalation? Did you not see his bloody, beat up body being dragged around. I think you owe Nancy Davis an apology…..and take your meds.