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Will’s Take: New Benghazi E-mails ‘No Watergate’

​Charles Krauthammer may have compared the new Benghazi documents to the tapes that undid Richard Nixon’s presidency, but George Will thinks the new e-mails “are rather less [significant] than the Watergate tapes,” which showed Nixon “in the heat of a crime wave.”

The anti-Islamic YouTube video the White House used to explain the origin of the attacks is “not the most important” of the questions about Benghazi, Will said. America’s presence in Libya, the security concerns in Benghazi, and the military response to the attacks, he said, all seem more important.

He doesn’t believe that Democrats will participate in the select committee on the issue that Speaker John Boehner announced this past week.

“By boycotting this, it just becomes a redundant, obviously partisan Republican exercise,” Will said. “It’s only a matter of time before Democrats raise the following question: Would there be a select committee if it didn’t want to have the power to subpoena the former secretary of state Hillary Clinton for reasons obviously pertaining to presidential politics?”

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