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Boehner to Convene Benghazi Special Committee

House Speaker John Boehner announced Friday that he will convene a select committee to investigate Benghazi, ending months of resistance to conservative demands that the laser focus of a special panel be brought to bear on perhaps the worst scandal surrounding the Obama administration.

In doing so, Boehner rejected White House claims that a newly uncovered email, withheld from Congress, did not apply to Benghazi. The email not only mentions Benghazi specifically, it refers to “protests,” which by definition included the Benghazi attacks, which the White House considered the result of a “protest” at the time of the email.

Meanwhile, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa Friday issued a subpoena to force Secretary of State John Kerry to testify about Benghazi.

According to reports, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), is being considered to lead the new committee.

From a written statement by Boehner:

Americans learned this week that the Obama Administration is so intent on obstructing the truth about Benghazi that it is even willing to defy subpoenas issued by the standing committees of the People’s House. These revelations compel the House to take every possible action to ensure the American people have the truth about the terrorist attack on our consulate that killed four of our countrymen.

In light of these new developments, the House will vote to establish a new select committee to investigate the attack, provide the necessary accountability, and ensure justice is finally served.

The administration’s withholding of documents – emails showing greater White House involvement in misleading the American people – is a flagrant violation of trust and undermines the basic principles of oversight upon which our system of government is built. And it forces us to ask the question, what else about Benghazi is the Obama administration still hiding from the American people?

This dismissiveness and evasion requires us to elevate the investigation to a new level. I intend for this select committee to have robust authority, and I will expect it to work quickly to get answers for the American people and the families of the victims.

Four Americans died at the hands of terrorists nearly 20 months ago, and we are still missing answers, accountability, and justice. It’s time that change.

Boehner has been in more hot water than usual with conservatives lately, particularly over remarks mocking them for not wanting to move ahead with immigration reform. The special panel may in part be a move to appease them.

But Boehner is also reportedly genuinely furious with the White House.

The committee will also ensure that Benghazi is continually in the headlines during the months leading up to the election.

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124 Responses to Boehner to Convene Benghazi Special Committee

    • Ha! Ha!
      Keith, I know its Friday, but please no JOKES about ‘spray-tan/cry-baby’ Boehner actually being a “leader” of the “Republican party” and demanding a “Special/Select Commitee”…

      ~This is a joke, right? Because I have NO RESPECT for 99.96+/- % of the “Republicans” in Washington DC.

      • Can I call it? When I saw this announcement, I thought, “Keith will cover it and we will still hear he’s orange, he cries, he’s a RINO…”

        • Star,
          Next week (at this time) I want to see any REAL “reporting” from FNC or the pathetic ‘MSM’ about this so-called “Special/Select Commitee”…

          • Even on Morning Joe, they covered Benghazi at extreme length this AM. Yes, the usual apologists were there, but others were more telling. For now, it seems to be simmering, not dying down, so let’s see what happens.

  1. As always, the cover-up is more incriminating that the original offense.

    Boehner finally finds his backbone….

    H

    • As we learned from Watergate. A petty break-in brought down a President and nobody died !

      This is what’s so scary about this administration of “What difference, at this time, does it make” ?

      BTW, Hillary was fired from the Watergate investigation as a young aide/legal something ….. it’s public record.

  2. I’ll rejoice in that kind of news anytime. Now let’s see what happens. Trey Gowdy is a smartie and no nonsense. Yeah!! Remember he was the one who corrected Obo’s statement about a “smidgen” and howled when Lerner tried to take the 5th after making her statement. I can’t wait.

    Why are they hauling Kerry into this. He will just pontificate until they give him the hook. Tired old bore that he is.

  3. Get ready for the same distractions being pulled out of the Democrats bag of tricks, partisan politics & racist tea-baggers, Koch Bros., Limbaugh, Palin, right wing fanatics etc.
    Paging Sharpton, the Jacksons, Sheila & Jesse, Pelosi, Williams and my gal DWS. Show time!

      • From the “dumbest thing I ever heard” department…someone tweeted Dem partisan Julie Roginsky after her appearance on Fox this morning:

        Tweeter: “In case you dont get it, when your President or Sec State, Your responsible!! Period!”

        Her gem of a response…

        “so bush and rice should have been impeached for 9/11?”

        • I turn off Fox more often now than not. The Roginsky woman is one who causes me to do that when she comes on, so does Leslie (forgot her last name), so does Rove, so does Combes and whole lot of others that Fox finds necessary to put on for the sake of fair and balanced. Just let the good reporters, like Bayer for example, do their work.

    • I think the distractions are out there already. Probably most LIVs more interested in Sterling and his bimbo.

  4. Just keep in mind (as I hope the Select Committee does), this is so much worse than the Watergate cover-up, and people went to jail for that, and a President resigned for that (Impeachment was on the table, so Nixon spared us that process). Nobody died at Watergate.

    While my conservative friends on other blogs say, yeah, right, nothing will come of this, more Kabuki Theater, Dems will fillibuster, blah, blah, blah, I still think this is BIG.

  5. Question:
    ~How will this Obama regime and their sycophants in the MSM dismiss this “US Congress Special Committee”…???

  6. The electorate is in a politically induced coma by experts on the Hill. Only a miracle the magnitude of parting the Red Sea will lead them to participate. This, tho very important isn’t it.

  7. Boner should have formed this committee 2 yrs ago instead of playing golf with obama. I am glad to see that he may be waking up.

  8. I certainly hope it is Trey Gowdy. He and Gohmert are the best to interrogate. Maybe this explains why Obama just put a criminal atty on the White House staff .

  9. Too funny. I was watching the 5. Beckel totally losing it — much more so than normal. We must be doing something right and perhaps getting closer.

    This was not faux Beckel anger — it was real frustration.

    • I saw that, I had to turn it off.
      Beckel seems like a good guy at heart.
      It seems to me he is from the old school of democrats.
      He should still come out today and put his foot down, stating he has had enough of what this Admin. has done.
      I know he enjoys his salary there, but he would get a lot of money just for books in the future.

      • Beckel is an old time peace corps Dem. His Dad marched at Selma. He’s probably a nice guy and somewhat reasonable on other things — but he runs old time Dem long and hard.

        He fancies himself a special expert having worked at State, having run a failed campaign etc. While this gives him standing, and God knows more expertise than many libs, in my opinion, Bob’s credentials are standard fare.

        I like him more than others. And I respect him for coming out in defense of Christians, especially abuses against them in other parts of the world. And a few other things. (that I obviously can’t recall at the moment. ) :)

  10. This may be huge news but frankly I have no expectations. Boehner is getting into the act a bit late and I presume that he is worried about his position. If he believes that this will help him….good luck. After the Judicial Watch revelations, we still don’t know who gave the order to stand down militarily, and the general(s) who probably have that information have been fired. Most likely they had to sign an NDA too.
    The entire scandal is disgusting and even more disgusting are the media, who instead of doing their duty as the forth estate, are protecting the current administration at all costs. The American sheople don’t give a d…n. The most open administration indeed!

  11. I am hoping Trey Gowdy will be selected to head the committee.
    He is no beta male, pajama boy like Tommy the dude who was on Bret’s show last night.
    I detest sissy men!

  12. If Trey Gowdey leads the charge them I am behind it all the way. I trust him. I truly believe he is a honorable public servant. The link that Moe supplied showed Gowdey asking the right questions. My wife said she wouldn’t want be a defendant with him as the Prosecutor.

    He asked a perfect question……….Did the President call any allies for help? I looked up the distance from Jerusalem to Benghazi. 889 miles…..the Israelis would had a crack squad on the ground within hours, wiped out every attacker, scooped up every American Lived and Dead and left that complex burning destroying all American Assets including the Drone overhead. On top of that, they would have done it for free! They would have been happy to bloody the nose of Al Qaeda and show real Americans (not the WH) what a great Ally Israel really is no matter what Obama says.

  13. After more than a year of stating that a Special Committee on Benghazi was ‘unnecessary,’ Speaker Boehner is announcing the formation of a special committee to provide ‘necessary accountability’ for the Benghazi attacks. Like most Americans, I to want to know the truth about who was responsible for the attack, what their motivations were, and what could have been to prevent the tragedy. Unfortunately, the real purpose of this committee appears to be politically motivated given the early rhetoric and curious timing of this latest investigation prior to the upcoming mid-term elections. There have already been nine different congressional committees and over 45 hearing on Benghazi. I am a life-long Republican and not a fan of the Obama administration, but I think using a tragedy like Benghazi for partisan politics is despicable. Even if this new ‘memo’ provides real evidence of inaccurate statements, shouldn’t the thrust of government investigations into Benghazi focus on who was responsible and not what Susan Rice said on a Sunday talk show? Yes, we need to know what the government and the administration did or didn’t do that contributed to this tragedy. With that said, I hope the time, energy, and financial resources of the government and this latest committee are directed at finding out who is responsible and how to prevent similar tragedies in the future and not leveraging blame into winning congressional seats. As an American, faithful Republican, and native Ohioan, I hope Mr. Boehner and this committee will do the right thing for the right reason, but there is nothing to suggest this will happen.

  14. I just watched Sharyl Attkisson being interviewed by Greta Van Susteren and two things really were surprising. One, Attkisson says that Ambassador Stevens’s mother does not want to see a further investigation. She is an Obama supporter and feels that an investigation will politicize the event. You just can’t help politicizing the investigation if the Democrats want a whitewash. And I wonder how much pressure has been put on his mother. I just cannot put myself in her shoes: regardless of anything, I would want to know the truth.

    The second thing is that Attkisson so much as said that people haven’t come forward with what they know because they are afraid of the repercussions, for example, losing one’s job.

  15. The Repubs better not blow it this time with all of the grandstanding! I agree entirely with Krauthammer’s comment today on Special Report:

    “…I think Trey Gowdy ought to be the Chairman. He is a prosecutor. He is a terrific, smart Congressman from SC. They ought to choose the members of this committee, or at least the Repub members, those who pledge never to make a speech and never to make a declarative statement – only to ask questions.. And they should have a trained Prosecutor, as in the Watergate committee, to lead all of the witnesses through the questions, and not a round robin of Congressional interrogation speeches and popping off. That’s what has been wrong with all these previous hearings. If it is a targeted hearing, just with questions so that it is a clean inquiry, it will have to be respected even by the MSM.”

      • I hope this question is the hacksaw that gets you all out of moderation..

        Why do they want to subpoena Kerry when it’s Hillary that needs to answer questions?

        • You need another hacksaw, Sadie.:-)
          I forget who said it today, but they want to call Kerry b/c he made a statement last year: “If there is anything you want to know about Benghazi, just ask me”.
          Hillary must be forwarding mail to Lurch now that she is expecting….

  16. Harry Reid is one sick puppy. He’s claiming that Benghazi is a “vast right wing conspiracy” headed by the Koch brothers.

  17. Watching Baier’s special on Benghazi. It’s good.

    Similar efforts to present the information to the American people by other networks will most likely not be made. The MSM is as complicit in the Benghazi cover up as the Obama Administration.

    • Doesn’t look good for HRC. As nearly as I could follow the timeline, she and Obama held a phone conversation about 10 p.m. EST and then she issue the first statement blaming it all on a video. This was even while the attack was still going on.

      The MSM will have to sit up and take notice once the committee gets going and especially so if the GOP wins in November.

      • On top of that for the longest time I have tried to remember the event she was at within a couple day period of the Benghazi attack. Instead of being in an office she was having fun.
        Does anyone recall that picture of her having a great time?

      • I hope for your hope on the media taking notice. In my mind they are as complicit in this as Obama and Hillary. Objective reporting would lead to the inevitable where was the media — and there will be none of that.

        • They certainly were and still are complicit. I gather CBS is not covering this at all and I bet it’s because of the Rhodes brothers. Still, I think public anger would grow if the MSM as a whole decided to boycott the hearings, and as Brett Baier said last night, FOX will provide gavel-to-gavel coverage.

          • The prostitution of the media is huge in my opinion. As you know, one of the pillars of totalitarian rule is control of communications. Usually that means taking over the communication means of production and the media workers tow the party line. And then there comes the various means of discouragement of dissent of those who might not agree. When the discouragement comes from the top the rabble is further encouraged. Hence the evil unAmerican domestic terrorist Republicans/Tea Party who want to throw granny off the cliff, especially if granny is an illegal person of color.

            Fox might have its problems, and who’s
            to say that if this was a Republican Administration, the tables would not be reversed. That said, Fox at least imo backs up their reporting and takes on investigation. And takes the hits and keeps on keeping on.

            CBS obviously is influenced by the WH brotherly connection and NBC/Comcast is totally a propaganda arm for the left and Obama.

          • You might be right about the public “anger” growing — due to the availability of alternate sources of information — but that assumes the consumer is not accessing alternate sources at odds with the MSM .

            I am not convinced that a large number of Americans care all that much that this Administration is essentially responsible for the deaths of those 4 Americans in Benghazi by choosing politics over defense. What reasonates with the public are thousands killed when Booosh makes war. Anything less is blip.

          • In answer to your comments, some well known comedian (except by old me of course) said the other day that we were slipping into fascism. Very true with the administration owning the “airwaves”. We all know what Goebbels said about that.

  18. Non profit watch (Judicial Watch) got ahold of this memo.
    Congress did not!
    There has to be more documents that are being shredded as we speak.

    Nixon’s family must be so upset by their father’s outcome, while watching this admini. get away with any and all.

    • Richard Nixon had the grace to resign.

      How ironic that in the end Richard Nixon will have had more respect for the country than Barack Obama.

  19. A one time education and learning included freedom of speech and diversity of thought. This is just sad. And on top of that the University President started whining about how hard this all is ….So, for all of use who can’t understand how anyone could vote for Obama or Shrillary I present to you the 2014 graduating class of Rutgers University.

    The only winner here is Condi Rice for the dignity with which she withdrew. Unlikely the media will accord her the same kudos they did for Mooch’s withdrawal from a recent high school commencement.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/377165/exclusive-rice-withdraws-rutgers-commencement-nro-staff

  20. On June 3, 2006 Four Russian embassy workers were abducted after an attack on their car in Baghdad’s Mansour neighborhood of Bagdad. A fifth Russian was killed in the incident. The captives included the embassy’s third secretary, Fyodor Zaitsev, and three other staffers: Rinat Agliulin, Anatoly Smirnov and Oleg Fedoseyev.

    On June 19, 2006, the Mujahedeen Shura Council, a group affiliated with al Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the attack and issued a ultimatum to Russia to withdraw from Chechnya and release all Muslim prisoners within 48 hours. On June 25, the group issued a statement that it had beheaded three of the hostages and shot to death the fourth. The statement was accompanied by a video showing a few seconds of the beheading of one hostage, the beheaded corpse of a second hostage, and the shooting of a third.

    President Vladimir V. Putin then ordered Russia’s secret services to find and kill those who kidnapped and killed four Russian Embassy employees in Iraq, the Kremlin announced in a statement. “The president gave instructions to the Russian special services to take all measures for finding and destroying the criminals who committed the atrocity”.

    Rather than have Russians in Iraq, the US Army got involved. A certain U.S. 1st Lt. volunteered for the capture mission. He and his platoon went out at night, in a 110 degrees, in a sandstorm and found the group. He captured them alive, took them via Helicopter to the Iraq Ministry of Justice; where they were given a trial, and executed.

    We got the people who can do what needs to be done. We just have to let them do it. We treated other Embassy members better than we treated our own.

  21. Almost two years now and we haven’t been told the truth. I hope the House committee is able to get all the e-mails and phone records. I wonder how many have already been destroyed. Obama and his admin are the most dishonest and corrupt in history.

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