Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California met for an hour on Tuesday to discuss the special committee established to investigate the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, yet the two sides emerged no closer to a resolution.
Democrats have expressed concern that the committee would be highly politicized and partisan and have not yet decided whether to appoint minority members to the panel. Aides have said they feel as if they will be ramrodded when it comes to subpoena decisions and witness interviews.
Both sides, however, were tight-lipped coming out of the meeting, except to say that general concerns were discussed. “The speaker and the minority leader met for about an hour to discuss the minority leader’s concerns. We hope they will select members to appoint. It’s time to get to work finding the truth for the American people,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said.
Pelosi met with members of Democratic leadership directly after the meeting, but they said equally little, exiting the closed-door meeting. Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., said that he hopes a decision will be made quickly and they are waiting for the speaker to respond to their concerns.