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Dem: Benghazi Probe ‘Made Hillary Stronger’

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) believes that the Congressional Benghazi investigation has helped Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

“This has been a witch hunt. It’s gone on longer than Watergate, Iran-Contra, Katrina and the Warren Commission,” Boxer said on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on Tuesday, citing previous congressional probes.

“You’re not allowed to use taxpayer money to go after a political candidate. That’s what they did. And it has made Hillary stronger. She’s standing,” Boxer added.

The Hill reports:

The retiring senator said the controversy over the inquiry was helping Clinton win over non-Democratic voters.
“She’s really moved out in the polls now that we see the witch hunt that the Republicans have launched against her, even some of my Republican friends and certainly independent voters are beginning to look at this and say this is horrible, we’re with Hillary,” said Boxer.

Clinton is slated to testify before the House Select Committee on Benghazi Thursday.

Democrats have ramped up their attacks on the committee, seizing on House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) recent comments that Clinton dropped in the polls after the investigation began.

Democrats said that McCarthy was acknowledging that the investigation was politically motivated and Republicans have distanced themselves from his remarks.

Boxer, a Clinton supporter, also said on Tuesday that Vice President Joe Biden should not enter the Democratic presidential race.

“The reason she’s up in the polls is people see her strength, her resolve and I think that for Joe, this is something he should consider,” said Boxer.

Some polls have suggested Clinton got a bounce in New Hampshire after a strong performance in the first debate last week, even as speculation about a Biden bid has reached fever pitch.

Boxer also said that Clinton was joking when she said during the Democratic debate last week that Republicans were among her enemies, along with Iranians and the NRA.

“Look, I served with Hillary for years while she was in the United States Senate and I can honestly tell you, she was really respected by the Republicans,” Boxer said Tuesday.

Biden on Tuesday, for the second time in 24 hours, suggested he would be able to work better with Republicans.

“I don’t think my chief enemy is the Republican Party. You know, this is a matter of, you know, making things work,” Biden said.

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