The father of a former Navy SEAL killed in Benghazi last September will be on Capitol Hill Wednesday to urge support of a special committee to investigate the attacks, Whispers has learned. Charles Woods, the father of ex-SEAL Tyrone Woods, has previously described U.S. officials who didn't respond to a request for help at the diplomatic compound as "murderers of my son."
Woods' appearance on Capitol Hill comes less than a week after the mother of another Benghazi victim, Sean Smith, penned a frustrated letter to Congress about the death of her son. "When I was in Washington D.C. at the reception of the caskets, I asked for and received promises from President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Leon Panetta, VP Biden and several other dignitaries in attendance. They all looked me directly in the eyes and promised they would find out [what happened in Benghazi]," wrote Patricia Smith. "I got only one call from a clerk about a month later quoting from the time line, which I already had."
Momentum has been rapidly building for a House Resolution that would create a special committee to investigate the attacks. On Tuesday alone, at least five Republican lawmakers added their support, bringing the total number of cosponsors of the resolution to 110—just seven sponsors shy of having a majority of Republicans on the bill.
"It's been a very rapid pick up," says Jill Shatzen, press secretary for Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., who introduced the resolution and has been working with both Woods and Smith.
A number of outside groups have also been working to drum up support for the resolution, including special operations veterans group Special Operations Speaks, the nation's largest tea party group, TheTeaParty.net, and the super PAC that once supported a recount vote for former Florida Rep. Allen West, Revive America.
"It's been seven months now and it's hard to say what's been done," Bob Adams, founder and chair of Revive America, tells Whispers. "There are as many as 30 witnesses and survivors... and yet no one knows where they are or what they have to say. Members of Congress are looking at this and saying: 'We are not getting the job done.'"
House Speaker Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, who has not supported the resolution, said Tuesday that an interim report of evidence on Benghazi would be issued next week, an effort to "[try] to head off a GOP rebellion." according to The Hill.