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Comment Benghazi Panel Grills Huma Abedin For Six Hours

Benghazi panel grills Clinton aideTurmoil swirled again around the Republican-controlled Benghazi committee on Friday as it questioned a senior aide to Hillary Clinton, prompting fresh accusations that the panel was created to damage the Democratic front-runner's presidential campaign.

In a six-hour closed door interview, members and staff sought answers from Huma Abedin, for years a close confidante of Clinton. Abedin has served as the former secretary of state's assistant at the time of the 2012 attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi,Libya that killed four Americans.


Hastert would serve prison time under federal deal

Denny HastertFederal prosecutors in Chicago want former House Speaker Dennis Hastert to serve prison time to resolve a criminal indictment charging he violated federal banking law when he withdrew about $900,000 in cash to pay to an unnamed associate as part of an effort to cover up past misconduct, sources said.

Defense attorneys and prosecutors are negotiating a plea deal that they will bring before U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin, according to sources close to the case. The deal, details of which are still emerging, would likely call for Hastert to spend more than a year behind bars, one source said.


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.


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