House Democratic Leadership 'Leaning Toward' Playing Ball on Benghazi Select Committee

Jacquelyn Martin/AP

After weeks of debate within party ranks whether to participate, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is now leaning toward appointing members of her conference to the Benghazi Select Committee.

Pelosi met with members of House Democratic leadership Wednesday morning and will likely hold another meeting Wednesday afternoon to update them on negotiations between her and House Speaker John Boehner. "No decision has been made, but Pelosi is now leaning toward appointing a full complement of members," says a senior Democratic aide.

The panel has slots for seven Republicans, who were appointed last week, and five Democrats. Democratic leaders had lobbied for an even split, but when it became clear that wasn't going to happen, they pressed Republicans to ensure equal representation on various issues, such as subpoenas and the right to be present and participate in the deposition of witnesses.

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