Benghazi Committee Unintentionally Renames Itself 'Committee on Secretary Clinton Emails'

WASHINGTON -- No, the Select Committee on Benghazi has not actually changed its name, but the way a headline on its website was constructed may suggest what it prefers to call itself: the Select Committee on Secretary Clinton Emails.

That inadvertent admission was included in one of the slides on the committee homepage, in a link to a video of a committee hearing, which said: "Watch press conference with Chairman Gowdy and Members of the Select Committee on Secretary Clinton Emails."

The committee has been roundly condemned by opponents as a political exercise after seven previous investigations into the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya -- including by two GOP-led committees -- found no evidence of conspiracy or intentional wrongdoing.

The committee said in a release on Friday, however, that it was breaking new ground. So far, the most notable revelation has been that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton exclusively used a private email system to conduct her business at the State Department.

Since that news is arguably of greater importance -- certainly political importance -- than the committee's purported mission, it may not be surprising for members to think of themselves as the Committee on Clinton Emails.

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Committee representatives declined to comment, but the wording of the offending headline was updated Monday for clarity.

Michael McAuliff covers Congress and politics for The Huffington Post. Talk to him on Facebook.



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