Benghazi Select Committee
Investigating the Benghazi Terrorist Attack
Since November 2012, I have worked to establish a House Select Committee to fully investigate the terrorist attack in Benghazi. My legislation, H. Res. 36, garnered more than 190 cosponsors – a majority of the majority in the House – and was endorsed by The American Legion, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, groups within the Special Operations community, the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal, respected national security leaders, like former Attorney General Mukasey, and some of the family members of the Benghazi victims. This legislation was the impetus for the House Select Committee that was ultimately established in May 2014.
As I said upon the announcement that the Speaker would seek to create a Select Committee:
“A Select Committee will ensure that this investigation moves forward unhindered by jurisdictional barriers and allows for additional interviews with key administration witnesses, including White House staff, present and former, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, former CIA Director David Petraeus and Attorney General Eric Holder, and their senior staff who were present the night of the attack and involved in the response in the days after.
“It will be important for a Select Committee to hold public hearings with witnesses to determine just what the Unites States was doing in Benghazi, what happened that night, both in Libya and in Washington, and determine who bears responsibility for misleading the American people in the aftermath. There should be no time limit on Members’ questions with witnesses so they can explore all necessary issues.
“It also will be important for a Select Committee to have subpoena authority, especially in light of the documents released this week by the government watchdog group Judicial Watch that made abundantly clear that we cannot trust the Obama Administration to be forthcoming.
“In addition, a Select Committee must be comprised of Members and staff with expertise in these types of investigations, including seasoned lawyers and investigators.
“I believe the apparent cover-up of what happened in Benghazi is ultimately about an abuse of power by the White House. We need to know whether the administration used the intelligence community and law enforcement as cover for political purposes in the weeks leading up to President Obama’s reelection.
“When legitimate questions arise about abuse of power, the Congress has an obligation to do everything possible to learn the truth and there is a long precedent for using Select Committees for this purpose.
“There is nothing worse than a corrupt government. Having worked in the Nixon Administration, I was disgusted by the abuses of power at the White House and in agencies like the FBI and Justice Department that were exposed by The Washington Post and led to the creation of a Select Committee on Watergate.
“Although we cannot control how this administration pursues, or fails to pursue, those terrorists responsible for the deaths of four Americans, we can ensure that the American people learn the truth about what happened and which officials should be held accountable. Today’s action will make sure the House does everything possible to ensure this happens."
BENGHAZI QUESTION OF THE DAY
Question of the Day #12
Why are these heroes being told not to talk? What is the administration afraid of?
What is it protecting?
Question of the Day #11
Who in the White House knew what was going on in the CIA annex in Benghazi?
Question of the Day #10
Why was there a facility operated by the CIA in Benghazi?
Question of the Day #9
Who are the anonymous senior administration officials who admitted "mistakes" in their handling of the attack to CBS News?
Question of the Day #8
What happened in Washington on the night of the attack and in the days to follow?
Question of the Day #7
Ambassador Stevens made several calls for help to nearby consulates. Which foreign consulates did he call? How did those consulates respond?
Question of the Day #6
Why did Gen. [Carter] Ham speak publicly about the military's response at a forum in Aspen, Colorado – where tickets start at $1,200 – yet his testimony before Congress was behind closed doors?
Question of the Day #5
Why was the CIA's security team repeatedly ordered to "stand down" after the attack began?
Question of the Day #4
Why haven't we applied pressure to countries refusing to allow the FBI to access the terrorists responsible for the attack?
Question of the Day #3
How many Benghazi survivors were forced to sign Non-Disclosure agreements?
Question of the Day #2
Which agency was responsible for vetting the Libyan security guards at the U.S. consulate?
Question of the Day #1
Where are the Benghazi survivors?
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- Wolf/McCaul letter to State Department asking to use the Rewards for Justice Program to find the Benghazi suspects
- Wolf/McCaul letter to State Department requesting records about the use of the Rewards for Justice Program to find the Benghazi suspects
- Letter from respected national security leaders urging Speaker Boehner to create a Select Committee
- Letter from American Legion endorsing H.Res. 36
- Reports on the failure of the Benghazi Investigation: