McCarthy Says Clinton Investigation Not on House Agenda

Benghazi gaffe largely considered to have cost him speakership

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, left, said politics should be kept out of investigating Hillary Clinton. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, left, said politics should be kept out of investigating Hillary Clinton. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Posted November 14, 2016 at 10:02am

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Sunday that Republicans in the House will not focus their attention on investigating Hillary Clinton.

McCarthy made the comments on “Fox News Sunday,” saying rather, the focus will be on repealing the 2010 health care law.

“The agenda is going to be about job creation, it’s going to be about reforming and repealing Obamacare,” the California Republican said. “It’s going to be on infrastructure. That’s the focus that this election was about.”

McCarthy said he would leave it to law enforcement to investigate the former Democratic presidential nominee.

“Keep politics out of it,” he said. “Let’s create jobs in this country. That’s our agenda.”

The comments mark a reversal for McCarthy from last year, when he infamously said that setting up a select committee on the Benghazi attacks led to Clinton’s declining poll numbers.

Those remarks were largely considered to have hurt his prospects of becoming House speaker, a position that would eventually filled by current Speaker Paul D. Ryan.