One Step Closer to the Truth on Benghazi

May 9, 2014
Frankly Speaking

It has been almost two years since the horrific Benghazi terrorist attack occurred, taking the lives of four innocent, brave Americans; however we continue to seek answers from the Administration on what took place that day.

Since 2012, House committees have worked tirelessly to investigate the tragic attack, and they have uncovered many facts. Unfortunately, while House Republicans continue working to seek justice, the Obama Administration continues stonewalling. To make matters worse, it was recently revealed that the White House withheld information regarding Benghazi from Congressional investigators. It causes me grave concern to know the White House refuses to assist and provide pertinent information regarding an attack that killed four of our fellow citizens.

Due to the Administration’s lack of cooperation and the revelation they withheld information, Speaker of the House, John Boehner announced the formation of a select committee to help uncover the truth about Benghazi. We recently voted in the House to create the committee officially named, “The House Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi.” The select committee will consist of 12 House members, chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

The formation of this committee will provide an avenue for Congress to assert its oversight function, without being hindered by the bureaucratic stovepiping that has stalled the Benghazi investigation. It is my hope that the work of this committee will reveal the entire truth of what actually happened that night in Benghazi.

I am very pleased leaders of the House have finally decided to take the next step in uncovering the truth and compel the Administration to be forthcoming with vital information. Americans will not tolerate the negligence shown by the White House, and I can assure you we will continue working to seek justice for the Americans who lost their lives on September 11, 2012.