Benghazi hearing: The high-tech lynching of Hillary Clinton

Editor’s Note: Sophia A. Nelson is a former committee counsel for the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee. She is the author of “The Woman Code” (Revell 2014). The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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Sophia A. Nelson: In 1990s, some in GOP were obsessed with the Clintons, especially Hillary Clinton

This week's Benghazi committee hearing shows intense partisan focus on former secretary of state

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I am a lifelong Republican. I worked for the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee in the 1990s as part of the Republican majority staff. I was the lone African-American female on the staff, and I was in my 20s.

In 1997, Rep. Dan Burton was the committee chairman, and U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett was then the chief committee counsel, followed shortly afterward by Barbara Comstock, now a Republican congresswoman from Virginia. And the lead investigator was David Bossie.

I was a new attorney. I remember feeling then, as I do now, that certain factions of the Republican Party are obsessed with the Clintons, and in particular, Hillary Clinton.