May 6, 2014 10:53 PM by Jennifer Horbelt

Republicans reject Democratic demand for equal strength on Benghazi panel

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats might take part in a House probe of the Benghazi attack after all. But so far, Republicans aren't ready to go along with all of their demands.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi today called for the same number of Democrats as Republicans on the panel -- and that's something Republicans immediately rejected. Pelosi says Democrats are, in her words, "suspicious of whatever the Republicans are trying to do" on Benghazi.

The attack there in September of 2012 killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans.

Republican Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, who will head the panel, says Republicans will have more members. He says Republicans are "in the majority for a reason."

Democrats see the special panel's investigation of Benghazi - where the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans died - as little more than an election-year ploy by Republicans to discredit the Obama administration.

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