House Speaker John Boehner delayed tapping a select committee to probe the alleged Benghazi cover-up until now because he had insider information about it, Roger Simon, the CEO emeritus of PJ Media, believes.
"I’m going to make a prediction here because I was always curious about why Boehner didn’t do this earlier," Simon told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"And it has to do with the fact that information was being given to Boehner by the administration and the CIA or somebody to the effect that national security was involved [and] to keep your mouth shut."
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Simon, a renowned mystery writer and Oscar-nominated screenwriter, said he believes Boehner, an Ohio Republican, complied with the order, but will now face scrutiny.
"He’s going to look bad because that stuff is going to start to dribble out … I make no Nostradamus claims, but I am the guy who said this is worse than Watergate two weeks after it happened," he said.
On Friday, Boehner announced he will call a vote to form a House select committee to investigate the 2012 attack, which killed four Americans including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
Boehner accused the White House of "misleading" the American people by withholding emails that surfaced this week indicating that then-U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice was coached by the administration to say the attack was caused by reaction to an anti-Islamic video.
"This dismissiveness and evasion requires us to elevate the investigation to a new level. 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," Boehner said.
Simon believes with the new email revelation, uncovered by the watchdog group Judicial Watch, "the administration boxed themselves in a hole."
"By lying to the degree to which they lied, which is really unprecedented, they went deeper and deeper into this thing," he said.
"What really should be the heart of the investigation is what went on between [then-Secretary of State] Hillary [Clinton] and Obama and the 10 p.m. phone call" with details about the attack, Simon said.
"Why did they decided to blame this all on a video and also which is related to it, why the military was never ordered to help save these guys.''
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