Sen. Ron Johnson added his voice Wednesday to the chorus of Republicans calling for a joint select committee to investigate the terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya.
Writing in the Wall Street Journal
, the Wisconsin Republican took aim at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, suggesting she did not try to gather as much information as she could about what happened to cause the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in the Sept. 11 attack.
"I asked Mrs. Clinton why she didn't just call the survivors to find out the facts," he wrote, recalling her testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
"At first, I assumed her exasperated response revealed that she knew she should have made those calls. But . . . it is becoming clear her reaction — and the behavior of President Obama and his administration — was designed to mask their failure of leadership."
Johnson said Clinton and the White House basically ignored information from Gregory Hicks, who was second in command of the U.S. mission in Libya, and pushed him aside.
"Thanks to the bravery of Mr. Hicks and his colleagues, the truth about Benghazi is beginning to be revealed," he continued in his op-ed piece. "But more survivors need to be able to tell their stories. Some are contract employees who will need whistleblower protection, and some are current or former administration officials whose testimony may need to be compelled by subpoena."
The senator said he believes a select committee would be the best vehicle for getting to the truth, "so that the full story of Benghazi can be told and so such a fiasco never happens again."
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