The idea of boycotting what Democrats view as a political witch-hunt by
For now, Democrats say the ball is in Boehner's court. House Minority Leader
"The American people deserve and expect us to work together," Pelosi wrote. "For the sake of the families and the brave Americans who died in this tragedy, this process must not be politicized."
Speaking earlier with reporters, Pelosi expressed her view that the select committee, formed after a party-line vote in the House on Thursday, was nothing but a "political stunt" designed to energize conservative voters in a midterm election year.
But she acknowledged that there was a range of opinion within the Democratic ranks about how to participate, if at all.
"Let's not be accomplices to this diversionary tactic," she said. "It's all subterfuge."
In a closed-door meeting Friday, the second in three days on the subject, Rep.
But the third-ranking Democrat,
"I don't know that you do yourself a whole lot of good volunteering to participate in a kangaroo court," he told reporters. "If you know that it's a kangaroo court, why would you validate it or give any credibility to it?"
Without assurances of a fair process, Rep.
"I thought it would be a good thing to put in the mix something else for consideration," she said.
But others were unconvinced, saying it was critical to maximize the party's voice in a process that could include public questioning of former Secretary of State
"You want as much firepower on your side as you can get," said Rep. Gerry Connelly (D-Va.), a member of the
A Boehner aide said there were no plans for Boehner and Pelosi to meet Friday before the speaker left town.
"We made a fair offer. We hope they'll appoint members. At this point it's time to get to work," said Michael Steel, a spokesman for Boehner.
The Ohio Republican's new appointees to the committee include trusted allies as well as two women, including Rep.
Also joining chairman
Pompeo, leaving a meeting of the seven Republicans on the committee in the speaker's office Friday, assured that it would "be a fact-based inquiry."
"I hope we get everybody working together to get to the right set of facts," he said.