Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., a possible presidential contender, used her criticism of the formation of a select committee on Benghazi to fundraise among supporters.

In an e-mail cross-posted on her campaign website, Warren called House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to form the Benghazi committee “shameful,” a Republican distraction and “no-holds-barred political theatre.”

Alongside a “donate” button on her website, Warren claimed the House GOP “is on a waste-of-time-and-resources witch hunt and fundraising sideshow, shamefully grasping for any straw to make President Obama, former Secretary Clinton, or Secretary Kerry look bad.”

She continued: “House Republicans are doing whatever they can to distract the American people from what’s really going on in Washington – a rigged system that works great for those who have armies of lobbyists and lawyers but that leaves everyone else behind. … It’s wrong, and it’s shameful.”

As evidence of Republican obstructionism, she cited an article from the liberal Huffington Post website that claimed Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who is to lead the select committee on Benghazi, ran a previous investigation that lacked basic facts.

Gowdy previously held hearings over Warren’s establishment of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a new agency purportedly charged with protecting consumers from financial fraud.

With research by Brenda J. Elliott.

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