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Ex-Benghazi investigator alleges Rep. Gowdy violated federal law

gowdt broke lawsThe legal battle between the House Benghazi Committee and its former investigator, Todd Podliska, escalated Monday afternoon, when Podliska’s lawyers alleged that Chairman Trey Gowdy violated government confidentiality rules and federal law in responding to allegations made by Podliska.

“Both Representative Gowdy and the committee have clearly violated terms of the confidentiality agreement and the Congressional Accountability Act,” said Peter Romer-Friedman, one of Podliska’s attorneys, to MSNBC on Monday afternoon.


Fired Benghazi investigator says GOP-led House committee is partisan

bradly PodliskaA former investigator for the House select committee on Benghazi says he was unlawfully fired in part because he sought to conduct a comprehensive probe into the deadly attacks on the US compound, instead of focusing on Hillary Clinton and the State Department.

Air force reserve Major Bradley F Podliska discussed his allegations with the New York Times and CNN. The newspaper on Saturday posted a story based on a draft of a legal complaint Podliska said he plans to file in federal court.


GOP Probe Into Planned Parenthood Funding Comes Up Empty

Jason ChaffetzRep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said Thursday that the GOP's investigation into Planned Parenthood's use of federal funds hasn't turned up anything.

"Did I look at the finances and have a hearing specifically as to the revenue portion and how they spend? Yes. Was there any wrongdoing? I didn't find any," he said during a Judiciary Committee hearing on the family planning provider.


McCarthy drops out, House in chaos

Kevin McCarthy drops outRep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has abandoned his bid for House speaker Thursday afternoon, just minutes before the election was about to begin.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who resigned the post last month, announced in the meeting that elections were being postponed.

The House Republican Conference, which has lurched from one legislative disaster to another, is now in a serious crisis. McCarthy was one of the only lawmakers in the chamber who was seen as able to garner the 218 requisite votes to become speaker.


Dems move to kill Benghazi Committee

Dems try to kill Benghazi evidenceHouse Democrats are moving ahead with a plan to dismantle the Select Committee on Benghazi, in light of renewed criticism of the committee.

During a Rules Committee hearing on Tuesday evening, Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) will attempt to attach an amendment to shut down the committee to another piece of legislation creating a new select committee to investigate Planned Parenthood.


House Benghazi panel may have broken ethics rules: Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi on Benghazi hearingsA probe of the 2012 Benghazi attacks may have violated congressional ethics rules, House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday after a top Republican indicated it was aimed at hurting Democrat Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy.

Angry Democrats called for the Benghazi panel to be disbanded following the remarks on Tuesday evening by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. He is campaigning to be the next speaker of the House when the current speaker, John Boehner, retires on Oct. 30.


Senate approves temporary spending bill, House expected to follow

temporary spending billThe Senate easily passed a temporary funding measure Wednesday that will keep the U.S. government open through Dec. 11, averting a government shutdown that would have started at midnight.

The funding bill now goes before the House, where outgoing Speaker John Boehner promised a vote over objections from fellow Republicans who hoped to leverage government funding to defund Planned Parenthood. The measure, passed 78-20 in the Senate, continues to fund the nonprofit women's health care organization. The Obama administration is said to support the measure.


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