Rep. Wolf Calls for Select Committee on Benghazi

Thursday, 30 May 2013 05:55 PM

By Greg Richter and Kathleen Walter

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Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., has introduced a bill calling for a 19-member select committee to investigate the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. House Speaker John Boehner doesn't support the bill, saying that the various committees looking into the issue are doing a good job.

"I have great respect for the speaker, but I see it different," Wolf tells Newsmax TV. "And (House Oversight Committee Chairman) Darrell Issa has done a good job; the Darrell Issa committee is also looking at the IRS. We're looking at other things."

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Wolf wants to see a committee made up of members of Issa's Oversight Committee as well as members from the Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Judiciary committees.

"Right now, people who want to be subpoenaed don't know where to go," Wolf said. Federal employees with family obligations fear losing their jobs, he said, pointing to whistleblower Greg Hicks, the second in command in Benghazi, as an example. Hicks said he was demoted and threatened by bosses after talking with members of Congress.

"So you have to give the ability to have subpoena power," Wolf said, and have "one central location so they can come in and testify publicly."

At least two-thirds of House Republicans support Wolf's bill. He says he hopes that support will convince leaders to bring it to the floor for a vote.

"You need to find out who gave the order to stand down," Wolf said. "There's almost been too much interest on who changed the talking points."

Who changed the talking points used by U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to say the attacks were not pre-planned is not the fundamental issue, Wolf said. "We lost four people. Why did we not go to rescue them? And they didn't know if this was a hostage situation going for eight hours."

Some Republicans are calling for a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS. Wolf says he doesn't trust Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate his own agency.

"There's been a problem with Eric Holder from all the way back in the Clinton administration." Holder was acting attorney general and played a role in Clinton's pardon of billionaire Marc Rich on his last day in office.

Wolf suggests an outside person be brought in to investigate – someone who has no connections to either party. "The Justice Department cannot do it. There will be no trust in whatever they say."

The public doesn't trust government, he said. "The distrust with regard to Benghazi; distrust with regard to the subpoena of the press, violation of the first amendment; distrust with regard to the IRS. So you need an outside person and this administration has to begin to do things differently so it can restore trust in government . . . Eric Holder cannot do this."

That said, Wolf said he won't pre-judge Holder on whether he perjured himself in the case involving Fox News journalist James Rosen. Holder testified he was unaware of his department looking at any activities by the press. It was later learned that Holder had personally signed off on the Rosen probe.

"It will be very interesting to see what he says," Wolf said.

Considering all the recent scandals, Wolf said he isn't surprised by recent polls showing President Barack Obama's approval rating down.

"These are pretty big issues that I thought it would have dropped a little bit more than it actually did," Wolf said.

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