House Republicans Push Again for Benghazi Select Committee

A year later, lawmakers still unhappy with Obama's answers on Benghazi.


"We have to get to the truth," Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said on the House floor Sept. 11, 2013, referring to the 2012 attack in Benghazi. "We owe it to the heroes."

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Rep. Louis Gohmert, R-Texas, took to the House floor Wednesday to remember Sept. 11, 2012.

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In the course of his speech, Gohmert touched on U.S. foreign policy vulnerabilities, the underwear bomber and the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya where U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others died last year. And he stood, aggressively seeking answers.

"We have to get to the truth," Gohmert said in his speech. "We owe it to the heroes."

Gohmert was just one of the many in the House GOP who used the anniversary of the attack in Benghazi and the memory of Sept. 11, 2001, to push for a broader investigation into what unfolded one year ago.

Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, R-Penn., also renewed the push to launch a select committee to investigate Benghazi.

"The families of Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty deserve to know what happened on that night exactly one year ago," Fitzpatrick wrote in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. "They deserve to know that the U.S. Government has not relented in the pursuit of justice, and that we will do what it takes [to] prevent another tragedy like Benghazi."

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During an event Monday at the conservative Judicial Watch offices, Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., argued that a special committee would have a better ability to subpoena documents about Benghazi.

So far 172 members of Congress have signed a letter in support of a special investigation even though five congressional committees and the State Department have also sought answers.

"The terrorists remain at large and the bureaucrats who fumbled the response remain at their posts," Fitzpatrick wrote.

The Obama administration said last month it was continuing to seek justice for the victims and had made some moves.

In August, federal prosecutors announced they had filed a case against Ahmed Abu Khattalah, a Libyan militia leader in connection with the attacks. He has not been arrested.

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Republicans also criticized Secretary of State John Kerry for reinstating four State Department employees last month who had been put on a leave of absence while the department investigated if they had foiled any response effort during the attack.

Kerry defended his move by saying the evidence of the department's investigation "reaffirmed its finding that no employee breached their duty or should be fired but rather that some should be reassigned."

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