Over the past few months, 135 Republican lawmakers, or "a majority of the majority," have said a select committee is needed to further investigate the 9/11 attacks on Benghazi, Libya.
Now, that committee has the support of a very vocal former lawmaker, too. Tea partier Allen West, who represented Florida in Congress before he narrowly lost his seat to a Democratic challenger last November, sent a letter Thursday night to Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., who introduced legislation for a select committee. In the letter, shared with Whispers, West writes:
As a former Member of Congress who also served in uniform, I know how important it is that we learn the truth about why military support was never sent to the Americans under fire at the U.S. annex in Benghazi last September.... We owe it to the families of the four victims and the survivors -- some of whom sustained serious injuries and were still at Walter Reed hospital months after the attack -- to fully investigate this terrorist attack and the Obama Administration's questionable response in the days and weeks that followed.
House committees released an " interim progress report" on Benghazi last Wednesday, but a number of Republican lawmakers said the report raised more questions than gave answers – and some even alleged a government cover-up.
That theory was further fueled by a report given to Fox News this week by Victoria Toensing, a high-powered GOP lawyer representing a State Department employee who was in Benghazi. Toensing said her client was threatened by the Obama administration not to speak out.
On May 8, the House is scheduled to hold a hearing to "examine evidence that Obama Administration officials have attempted to suppress information about errors and reckless misjudgments." Eyewitnesses to the Benghazi attack are expected to testify.
In his letter, West urges the Republicans who have not yet expressed support for a House committee to get on board before the hearing because "it's time... to ensure the families of the victims and the American people get the answers they deserve."