Vets Group Lobbies for Broader Benghazi Investigation

Monday, 19 Aug 2013 09:08 PM

By Cathy Burke

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A special forces veterans group is spending $5,800 for three billboards in Speaker John Boehner's Ohio district that press for a select committee to investigate the Sept. 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi, The Hill reported Monday.

“If 4 Members of Congress were KILLED in Benghazi would we have a Watergate-style Select Committee today?” the billboards ask, featuring the Republican lawmaker, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).“Demand Justice for Benghazi.”

The attackers killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

The billboards, sponsored by Special Operations Speaks, call on lawmakers to sign a discharge petition forcing a vote on legislation from Republican Virginia Rep. Frank Wolf to create a select committee.

"We know this is a bold step, and it may raise some well-coifed hairs on the back of John Boehner's neck," former Navy Seal Larry Bailey said of the billboards, Examiner.com reports, adding  "he, and he alone" is blocking the investigation.

Wolf's legislation would take power away from the lawmakers heading committees with oversight over the State Department and U.S. foreign policy.

And though Republican Texas Rep. Steve Stockman has sponsored a "discharge petition" forcing a vote on the bill, it has little support so far -- and is even opposed by Wolf, The Hill reported.
SOS' Facebook page has gotten more than 200,000 likes in its press for the inquiry.

A spokesman for SOS told Examiner.com that its "strategy is to go after Republicans first.”

Another group, Patriots4America, plans to commemorate the the attack on Sept. 11 on the west lawn of the Capitol, but The Hill reported the State Department itself is conflicted over an event -- split between those who want to commemorate the tragedy and those who are wary of further politicizing it.

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