Rep. Schiff: Democrats Shouldn't Participate in Select Committee on Benghazi

By Susan Jones | May 5, 2014 | 5:16 AM EDT

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) appears on "Fox News Sunday."

( - Speaker John Boehner last week announced that the House of Representatives will vote to establish a select committee on the terrorist attack in Benghazi, but one Democratic member of the House calls it a "colossal waste of time."

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) says Democrats should refuse to take part in the investigation:

"But I don't think it makes sense, really, for Democrats to participate," Schiff told "Fox News Sunday." "I think it's a -- just a tremendous red herring and a waste of taxpayer resources. So I hope the speaker will reconsider, but it looks like he has bowed again to those from the farthest right of his conference."

Asked if he meant that Democrats should not appoint any members to the select committee, Schiff said, "that's what I'd recommend. I don't know what our leadership will ultimately decide, but I don't think it makes sense for us to give this select committee any more credibility than it deserves. And frankly, I don't think it deserves very much. We've tread down this path so many times."

Schiff also talked about the recently released Ben Rhodes email linking the White House directly to Susan Rice's misleading talking points. He noted, "there's only two sentences that pertain to Benghazi," and he said it's "very hard to use this memo as some kind of a justification" for a select committee.

But appearing with Schiff on "Fox News Sunday," Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) said, "We have to get to the bottom of this."

She said the Ben Rhodes email shows the White House "was pushing a political explanation leading up to an election. The president had been saying al-Qaida was on the run. They were trying to push a narrative of strength in foreign policy. This did not fit their narrative. This was actually an indication of a broader failure of foreign policy."