Democratic lawmakers may make a "political show" out of the select House Committee investigating Benghazi and even stage a walkout, U.S. Rep. James Lankford of Oklahoma says.
"I can picture Democrats walking out of a meeting and not being available and trying to make the political show out of it. I can see that," Lankford, a Republican, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"The problem with that is, the American people aren't buying it. They may appeal to their base and their liberal base may jump up and say, 'way to go, way to walk out on a hearing,' but the rest of the Americans are going to say, 'Are we never going to get the facts?'''
Lankford said the facts transcend politics.
"Facts are facts. Facts are not Republican facts or Democrat facts. The facts are not coming out. Just bring the facts out so people can make a decision and people will actually see it,'' he said Monday.
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Lankford, a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said he also expects the Obama administration to drag its feet in cooperating.
"I think the administration will continue to be able to slow down the whole investigation as much as they possibly can," he said.
"The key is that we've got to be able to stay on focus and know this is the unique work of the select committee and you've got to be able to get to it and get it done.
"You stay on it until you get it done. This whole thing could have been cleared up a year ago if the administration would have just turned over documents then.''
Lankford said the administration is keeping the Benghazi issue in the headlines "by not just allowing us to rip the Band-Aid off . . . fix what's happening and move on."
For example, Lankford said, Congress still does not have access to closed-circuit television footage of what happened on Sept. 11, 2012, when the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi was attacked, resulting in the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
"I have seen that video in a classified setting, there's nothing about it that should be classified. People should be able to see exactly what happened that night," he said.
The footage would clear up the controversy over the administration's initial claim that the attack was launched in protest of an anti-Islamic video on the Internet, Lankford said.
"You look down the street and . . . see there is no protest, there never was a protest. You watch the militia folks that are supposed to guard the gate, walk away from the gate," he said.
"You watch all of these thugs walk into the facility and actually set fire to the first building and then stand around and try to figure out what they're going to do next. This was not some highly coordinated military operation.
"These were Libyan thugs that came to the door to do us harm . . . and you understand if we would have had just a few more folks there to provide security, our ambassador would still be alive today."
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