Boehner to Appoint Benghazi Select Committee

Friday, 02 May 2014 01:36 PM

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House Speaker John Boehner will schedule a vote to create a select committee to investigate the Benghazi attack.

Boehner says the Obama administration misled the American people after the deadly attack in 2012. And he says emails released this week show that it withheld documents from congressional investigators.

"Americans learned this week that the Obama administration is so intent on obstructing the truth about Benghazi that it is even willing to defy subpoenas issued by the standing committees of the People's House," Boehner said in announcing the committee.

"These revelations compel the House to take every possible action to ensure the American people have the truth about the terrorist attack on our consulate that killed four of our countrymen.

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"In light of these new developments, the House will vote to establish a new select committee to investigate the attack, provide the necessary accountability, and ensure justice is finally served.

"The administration's withholding of documents — emails showing greater White House involvement in misleading the American people — is a flagrant violation of trust and undermines the basic principles of oversight upon which our system of government is built. And it forces us to ask the question, what else about Benghazi is the Obama administration still hiding from the American people?" Boehner added.

"The House committees that have been investigating this attack have done extraordinary work, using their subpoena power, holding dozens of hearings, and conducting hundreds of interviews. Without this work, we would not know much that we do today. But it’s clear that questions remain, and the administration still does not respect the authority of Congress to provide proper oversight."

But he said the administration's "dismissiveness and evasion" mean more is needed to be done. "I intend for this select committee to have robust authority, and I will expect it to work quickly to get answers for the American people and the families of the victims."

Four Americans, including U.S. ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens were killed on Sept. 11, 2012 during a fiery raid on a U.S. compound in Benghazi.

A senior Republican aide told The Associated Press the speaker may choose Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina to chair the select committee.

The aide isn't authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina urged a select joint committee made up of members of both chambers of Congress on the Steve Malzberg Show on  Newsmax TV on Thursday.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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