U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, will file an ethics complaint against House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy after he suggested that the Benghazi select committee was launched in an effort to hurt Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president.
Grayson told the Miami Herald Tuesday about his plans to file the complaint Wednesday with the Office of Congressional Ethics. His complaint also names U.S. Rep. Harold “Trey” Gowdy of South Carolina, the chair of the Benghazi panel.
McCarthy of California has been under fire by Democrats since he said on Fox News Sept 29:
“Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she’s untrustable.”
McCarthy could become the next house speaker when U.S. Rep. John Boehner of Ohio leaves at the end of October.
Grayson said in his complaint that said McCarthy and Gowdy “violated federal law and House rules by using official funds appropriated to the Select Committee on Benghazi to pay political or campaign-related expenses.”
The Select Committee on Benghazi was launched in May 2014 to investigate the 2012 terrorist attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in the Libyan city that left four Americans dead while Clinton was Secretary of State. It has cost about $4.5 million so .
Meanwhile, other government committees have already investigated Benghazi including the House Intelligence Committee which concluded in November that there was no intelligence failure before the attack. Clinton is expected to testify before the select committee later this month and this week launched a TV ad using McCarthy’s initial comments.
Last week Grayson held a conference call with reporters to blast his U.S. Senate primary opponent U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, for voting to launch the Benghazi investigation. He accused Murphy of contributing to a "political witch hunt that could dramatically affect the presidential election."
Murphy campaign spokesman Joshua Karp told the Miami Herald last week that when Murphy voted for the committee he was confident it would vindicate Clinton and now wants it shut down.