Rep. Wolf: 'Public Hearings' Needed to Learn Benghazi Truth

Thursday, 19 Sep 2013 05:17 PM

By Cathy Burke

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A CIA worker who witnessed the 2012 attack at Benghazi was "reprimanded" for his refusal to be muzzled about the 2012 bloodshed, proving the need for a congressional committee with subpoena powers to learn the truth the CIA seems determined to hide, Virginia Republican Rep. Frank Wolf said Thursday.

A congressional committee with subpoena powers is necessary to learn the truth behind the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Virginia Rep. Frank Wolf said Thursday.

Speaking on "The Steve Malzberg Show," Wolf said the CIA worker’s lawyer confirmed  his client's refusal to sign a nondisclosure agreement, and the subsequent reprimand, underscoring the need for the committee.

"We also know that other people who were on the ground, particularly the contractors, have had to sign nondisclosure agreements too," he said. "So I don't know what the CIA is trying to keep from finding out. That's why we need a select committee . . . have public hearings . . ."

Wolf said the House has 174 votes "at least" for establishing the select committee to investigate the attack.

"We're building momentum and, ultimately, we’re going to be successful in getting it," he said. "But there’s a long way to go . . . And whatever hearings there are [they] have to be public hearings whereby the American people can see — and the people ought to be subpoenaed."

Wolf also commended the House action on a bill to set up a special envoy to advocate for Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East, including Christians in Egypt, Iraq, and Syria.

"We should all speak out and advocate," he said. "The Jewish population in the Middle East, other than Israel, has been decimated . . . So what happened to the Jewish community is happening now to the Christian community . . ."

"Where there is religious freedom, there generally is democracy. Where there's no religious freedom, that's where you have problems."

Wolf also said he is confident the House will vote Friday on defunding Obamacare — but it’s the action of the Senate that will be key.

"We're going to have to wait and see," he said, adding that he wants "to make sure the government does not shut down."

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