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.


168 thoughts on “Despicable: Dems walk out of Benghazi hearing prior to parents’ testimony

  1. HonestToAtee says:

    Anyone who receives a reply using media matters as a source here is the truth behind that Progressive crap hole.

  2. KMDAB says:

    You are all sheep. Grow up and stop believing everything you hear on Faux.

  3. jewels says:

    These people are an embarrassment to the United States. I would hope that in their dreams, they are all in Bengazi on the night of the murder of our Americans, and they are the ones taken out in the streets and tortured and murdered. I pray they wake up in a cold sweat pleading for their lives, with Obama in the background laughing at them. May they all rot in hell.

  4. juvserr says:

    This is so PATHETIC a smear attempt all I can do is laugh.. uh, in case Issa and his GOP cohorts have MISSED it, Obama was RE-ELECTED president!! Yes, after Benghazi, and all his and his buddies attempts to use it against him, he STILL won. The fact that Smith and Stevens have given about 20 interviews with all of their baseless accusations blaming Obama for what happened is NOT NEWS to anyone, so if the Dems did walk out WHO CARES? This entire ‘investigation’ of what happened at the embassy EXHONERATES Obama.. the fact that Issa and all his fellow wackos refuse to LET IT GO does not make anything Smith or Stevens adding to the record relevant. Oh and 18 of 24 Republicans also missed the meeting..where’s the outrage towards them??!?

    1. janice says:

      Are you a special kind of dope?? The entire ‘investigation’ of what happened at the embassy EXHONERATES Obama.. We almost choked to hear you say this. You cannot believe that Obummer has done anything to help the USA. And when Hillary and Barry are found out….who will be laughing then?

      1. juvserr says:

        Well, let me see.. unemployment at a six year low.. over 48 straight months of job growth..stock market at record highs..American auto industry making record profits when the experts said it was all over for them.. health care plan that provides ACTUAL health care and slows the cost.. you’re right, he’s been a total failure.

        1. janice says:

          Oh this must stop…where are you getting this info? Unemployment is at a 6 year because it is lower than the last 2 years of his crap. Lowest in 6 years….his 6 years,of job killing. Building up with welfare/food stamps- and a small decline is a 6 year low…NUT. You cannot compare the two. Auto industry he destroyed, is making parts out of country, but American Businesses are FIGHTING for help to bring all the jobs home. This is the killer–OBAMACARE is the biggest joke of all…join it please. I have lived in Europe so I know first hand how bad it is. Do you?? Write me again when you join Obamacare and you are oh so happy with the biggest lie of all . Let me know if there are any good Doctors around, because all of the ones I know are leaving the health business because of………………………….OBAMACARE. Have fun. PS. One thing you did get right…he is a TOTAL FAILURE.

  5. HonestToAtee says:

    Terrorism is on the rise throughout the Middle East and here, what happened to Obama and his healing powers? All you sniveling Liberal liars can go and kiss it where the sun don’t shine for defending the Administration and the crap that they are involved in.
    We are much less safe under Obama and we know it and you can’t lie that away Liberals. Now go and retrieve the Nobel Peace prize, it was a JOKE!!!!!

  6. HonestToAtee says:

    To all those that lie on here eat this, you voted for the man that caused it.

  7. HonestToAtee says:

    Obama answers the question directly, “did you order any help”? “did you answer the 911 call”? Can anyone figure out this mans answer? I can’t.

    1. Loy House Household Account says:

      I know one thing: Obama can’t be counted on to answer that “3am” call” because wile Benghazi burned, he was asleep so he could be rested up for his fund raiser in Vegas with Beyonce.

  8. Observer says:

    But Mr. Issa failed to also take a snapshot with his camera at that same moment of the Republican representatives. 23 are on the Committee, but only 6 were in attendance, leaving 17 on the GOP side that were also ‘missing.’ Please, people, don’t react until you do your research. There’s culpability on both sides, and only the facts speak the truth. With the demise of actual unbiased news reportage, it takes a lot more legwork to get to the truth of any political matter these days. Rushing to judgement only stokes the fires of discontent & unrest, as can be witnessed here with many of the comments posted. We need to pull TOGETHER as a public to oversee our idiot ‘representatives’ ~ what slanted media (on both sides: Fox & CNN, CNBC, etc.) does is only divide us. And you know what they say …. “Divide ~ and CONQUER.” And THAT will be our ultimate downfall ~ a divided nation.

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