Rangel: 'I Don't Think People...Are Going to Lose Sleep Over Benghazi'

By Susan Jones | May 9, 2014 | 5:30 AM EDT

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) on Thursday, speaking of the special House committee that will investigate the terrorist attack in Benghazi, said he did not think Americans were "going to lost sleep" over it.

"I think it's tragic that the Republican Party would destroy itself in 2016 by not having one issue that the American people believe should be a priority," Rangel told Fox News's Neil Cavuto.

"I don't think people, Americans, Democratic or Republicans, are going to lose sleep over Benghazi. And I really think that they're concerned about the economy and jobs and immigration. What I'm talking about is, is that if the Democrats are the only ones standing on their feet in 2016, America has lost."

Rangel noted that Rep. Darrell Issa's Oversight Committee "has had all of these hours and days and weeks and months investigating this, that now you`re saying you have no confidence in him, so you have to bring in a new member to head up a new committee to find the answers?"

The House voted 232-186 on Thursday to establish a special committee to investigate the various failures associated with Benghazi. The Associated Press noted: "Seven Democrats, many facing tough re-election campaigns, broke ranks and joined Republicans in supporting the probe."

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi tweeted on Thursday that Republicans have "failed to ensure a fair Benghazi committee by refusing to give Ds (Democrats) an equal voice. America deserves better than another partisan review."

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