On May 5, 2014, Speaker John Boehner announced that he intends for the House to vote to create a new House Select Committee to investigate the Benghazi attack. He also announced that Congressman Trey Gowdy would be the Chairman of the Committee.
House Republicans will continue to fight to find the whole truth about what happened in Benghazi. For now, here’s what you need to know.
A Select Committee is an investigative special committee, appointed by Congress, that has authority beyond regular standing committees. Past Select Committees have included the “Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities,” which investigated the Watergate scandal, and the “Select Committee on Assassinations,” which investigated the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Democrats in Congress and the White House have continued to stonewall investigations into the truth of what happened in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 and the days following. For over a year, various House Committees have engaged in serious investigations of the Benghazi attack. The new Select Committee will have special powers to run an even more exhaustive investigation to find the truth that the White House refuses to tell. (You can see existing reports from other House Committees here, here, here, and here.)
Trey Gowdy is a former federal prosecutor and the Republican Congressman from South Carolina’s 4th District who has been a vocal leader in investigating the Benghazi attack. Because of his past work in holding Democrats and the White House accountable, Speaker John Boehner appointed Gowdy to chair the House Select Committee on Benghazi on May 5.
The American people deserve to know why the security situation in Benghazi was so inadequate, what actually happened during the government’s response to the attack on our embassy, and the White House’s attempt to spin the issue to, and hide the facts from, the public. By making sure the American people know all the facts, we can hold the White House accountable and determine what really happened in Benghazi.
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