“The Obama Administration has failed to provide relevant information to congressional investigators on the events leading up to and following the terrorist attacks in Benghazi in 2012,” stated Rep. Thompson. “Plain and simple: the Administration has dodged congressional oversight efforts and it is long past time the House acted to create a Select Committee to review the facts and provide an accurate portrayal of what transpired in Benghazi and what corrective actions may need to be taken to assure that similar events do not transpire in the future. Our men and women who sacrifice by serving overseas deserve as much.”
For more than a year, Rep. Thompson has called for the House to establish a Select Committee with full subpoena powers to further investigate and report on the attack, and is a cosponsor of H. Res. 36.
On Sept. 11, 2012, U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. personnel (Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty) were killed in an attack on the U.S. Special Mission Compound and Annex in Benghazi, Libya.
Since that time, an accountability review board convened by the State Department and chaired by former Undersecretary of State Thomas Pickering, concluded in a December 2012 report that while responsibility for the attack rested entirely with the terrorists who perpetrated it, systemic failures in the U.S. government led to key decisions that left the mission in Benghazi with significant security shortfalls. The report pointed to leadership failures in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security as well as in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. The board also concluded that U.S. intelligence provided no immediate specific warning of the attack and that there was no protest prior to the attack.
Numerous congressional committees and outside groups have conducted their own investigations, with most agreeing with the general findings of the Pickering board. Last week, however, the administration released an email from White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes to Rice before her television appearances. The email, made public in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, directed Rice "to underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy.”
Given that the email had not previously been turned over to congressional investigators as requested, indicating the White House had attempted a cover up, House Speaker John Boehner on May 2, 2014, announced his intention to create a Select Committee to further investigate the attacks and associated administration actions.
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