United States Rep. Trey Gowdy, a Republican from South Carolina, will lead a select committee which will be investigating the White House’s reaction to the Benghazi attacks of September 2012. Gowdy is a former federal prosecutor who is known to be quite aggressive via his past performances at congressional hearings. House Speaker John Boehner made the announcement about Gowdy leading the investigation on Monday, according to a CNS News report on Monday.
In making the announcement, Boehner said that with four of our countrymen killed at the hands of terrorists, the American people want answers, accountability, and justice. He also said that Gowdy is as dogged, focused, and serious-minded as they come. Beyond these assertions, he said that Gowdy’s courtroom background makes him the ideal person to lead. Gowdy said he was honored to serve as chairman. He said that while people are free to draw different conclusions from the facts, there should be no debate over whether the American public is entitled to have all the facts in the Benghazi case.
Last Friday, Boehner revealed that he would be calling a House vote on forming a select committee to further investigate the Benghazi attacks of a year-and-a-half ago. Boehner had been criticized previously for resisting such a probe in the past. However, he decided it was time for Congress to perform a formal investigation after newly-released emails brought up questions and concerns about the White House’s role in what was told to Americans following the attack. A vote on a measure to prepare for the Benghazi committee should come this week, according to a Fox News report.
In spite of e-mails showing that there was White House involvement in preparing Susan Rice’s talking points for television broadcasts just days after the attack, Democrats still promote the idea that the White House did nothing wrong in its assertion that the terrorist attacks were over a YouTube video rather than an actual 9-11 attack in 2012. In the attack, U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed after President Barack Obama and his White House – including then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – failed to respond to cries for help in Libya just before the deadly attack. Republicans welcome what they call a long-overdue action by Congress.