Mayor Bill de Blasio charged today that a congressional investigation into the circumstances surrounding the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya has been inappropriately “politicized.”
The mayor, who remains close to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, rejected GOP claims that Ms. Clinton and the president misled the public about the 2012 attack that killed an American ambassador and three others.
“I think it’s been politicized, obviously, and I don’t think that’s appropriate when the lives of Americans overseas are the question,” Mr. de Blasio. a Democrat like Ms. Clinton, told the Observer at an unrelated press conference today.
“Are there legitimate questions that can ever be asked in any situation, of course, but I think some of what we’ve seen including the inclusion of content about Benghazi in fund-raising appeals suggests a politicization that is not appropriate,” he added.
The vote this week to open up a select committee into the Benghazi came down along party lines. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted as a bloc while most Democrats rejected the creation of the select committee.
More than a decade ago, Mr. de Blasio managed Ms. Clinton’s successful U.S. Senate campaign. Mr. de Blasio invited Ms. Clinton and former President Bill Clinton to his inauguration and continues to seek political advice from the Clinton family.
Mr. de Blasio has previously been more than willing to comment on foreign policy matters far outside of the jurisdiction of City Hall, including those involving the recent crisis in Ukraine and Israel’s standing in the Middle East.