Benghazi panel spars over Democratic member's attendance

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After a Democratic member of the House Select Committee on Benghazi called for his own panel to be disbanded, Republicans pointed out that he had attended just one witness interview in the past year.

Rep. Adam Schiff's op-ed in the New York Times Friday touched off a squabble between majority and minority staff members that highlighted tensions between the parties over the scope and purpose of the Benghazi panel.

Democrats, including Schiff, have lambasted Chairman Trey Gowdy for what they perceive as an unnecessary and politically-motivated focus on Hillary Clinton. Republicans have noted the committee was the first investigative body to uncover Clinton's use of a personal email server, among other findings that have changed the landscape of the Benghazi probe.

"Since its formation, the Select Committee on Benghazi has been aimless and slow moving, not knowing what it was looking for or where," Schiff wrote in his Times piece.