NBC’s Meet the Press host Chuck Todd questioned ranking Benghazi Select Committee member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) on Sunday as to why the Democrats chose to “shield” Hillary Clinton during her testimony last week rather than challenging the former secretary of state:
Todd: We tallied up 68 total questions to Secretary Clinton [from Democrats] 16 of them, at best, could we call challenging. Why did you guys choose a strategy of shield rather than a strategy of, really what Tammy Duckworth did, probably the one Democrat that did it the most, of conducting a hearing, asking questions about the security situation?
Cummings: From the very beginning, Chuck, I said we were looking for the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth and in many instances, we found ourselves having to not defend Secretary Clinton but to make sure the record was complete, and I’m glad that the public had an opportunity to see all of that. When you look at what we were asking about, they were the things that went to Benghazi, the things that we were supposed to be dealing with from the very beginning
Cummings also defended Clinton when Todd asked about the email she sent to her daughter Chelsea the night of the attack in which she blamed it on an “Al Queda-like group.” Three days later Mrs. Clinton blamed it on “an awful internet video,” but Cummings told Todd that it didn’t merit further inquiry because the information was “fluid.”
Even before House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s inaccurate statement about the Benghazi committee sent the Democrats and the liberal media into a tizzy, it was clear that the Democrats were going to only hurl softballs at Clinton during her testimony and protect the Democratic presidential front-runner from inflicting any further damage on her campaign if they could, rather than do the job voters elected them to do.