Pelosi: 'This Is a Political Stunt'

By Susan Jones | May 9, 2014 | 12:08 PM EDT

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (R-Calif.) (AP File Photo)

( - Democrats are divided on whether to participate -- and if so, how much -- in the Republicans' select committee on Benghazi.

"The fact is, that this is a stunt -- this is a political stunt," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told a news conference on Friday. "Issa just -- is damaged goods. They had to move from him to another venue with another chairman. That's what this is. We've been there and done this over and over again."

Pelosi said there are several options for Democrats: Some don't want to participate in the select committee at all; others say just appoint one Democrat to the panel to keep an eye on what the Republicans are doing. Pelosi said for now, they've chosen the third option -- which is to avoid making a decision until Republicans explain how they intend to run the committee.

"It's very sad," Pelosi said, naming the four Americans who were killed in the terror attacks in Benghazi. "Two of their families have called us and said please don't take us down this path again. It's really hard for them. Very sad." 

Pelosi said Republicans have given up on the Affordable Care Act, so they've seized on Benghazi as the next distraction.

"Now they have to find something else to talk about that isn't about how we create jobs, how we build the infrastructure of America."

Pelosi said Republicans "don't believe in governance, they don't believe in science, and they want to stop Barack Obama at every step. So I don't think this is about Hillary Clinton at all, I think this is about the Republicans in 2014."