Democrats on the House committee probing the 2012 Benghazi terror attacks awarded tens of thousands of dollars in bonuses to their staff, while at the same time repeatedly attacking Republicans over the rising cost of the investigation.
According to publicly available reports, a total of $33,600 was given to six Democratic staffers at the end of 2014 and 2015.
While the bonuses make up only a fraction of the panel’s total expenses to date, critics suggested they undermine the minority members’ complaints about the budget.
“This is the height of hypocrisy,” Lisa Boothe, a Republican strategist and president of High Noon Strategies, told FoxNews.com.
Democrats complain the committee’s investigation, established in May 2014, has gone on longer than the 9/11 Commission’s review of the 2001 terror attacks and have accused Republicans of using the committee as a political weapon to attack Democratic 2016 front-runner Hillary Clinton — who was secretary of state at the time of the Benghazi attacks.