Ta da! Meet the seven lucky Republicans who will get a seat on the hottest political ticket in town: the Select Committee on Benghazi. Announced via a Twitter image from House Speaker John Boehner, they are: Reps. Jim Jordan, Peter Roskam, Martha Roby, Susan Brooks, Mike Pompeo, and Lynn Westmoreland. The GOP leadership previously tapped Rep. Trey Gowdy to chair the committee.
For the seven selected legislators, this is a big deal. The Republican majority seems to see no downside to continuing to create opportunities to discuss Benghazi, which means that basically everyone in the House Majority wanted one of those seven seats. Reps. Ann Wagner, Marsha Blackburn, and Duncan Hunter were among dozens petitioning the leadership for a spot, according to Politico. Although Congress has a ton of standing committees — the House has already held several committee hearings on the Benghazi attacks — special committees have broader investigative powers. The Benghazi committee will effectively take over any other committee investigations into the 2012 attacks, including those of the House Oversight committee. Since Rep. Darrell Issa isn't on the select committee, this means his role as one of the most vocal investigators into the attacks has ended.