Liberal Democrat U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) objected to Republican Senator Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) call to launch a special Joint Select Committee of the House and Senate to Investigate Benghazi to find out what happened in Benghazi, Libya where U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others were murdered by Islamic terrorists, Wayne Dupree of NewsNinja reported on Wednesday.
Cruz explained the mounting evidence of senior State Department officials who whitewashed the evidence and the investigation in a video during a Senate session that was released also on Wednesday.
Cruz said, “As we do every year, last week as a nation we marked the somber anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. For the first time this year, we also remembered the victims of Benghazi: Foreign Service officer Sean Smith, former Navy Seals Glenn Dougherty and Tom Woods, and Ambassador Christopher Stevens. An entire year has gone by since these American heroes lost their lives in the service of our nation and we still have far too many unanswered questions.”
When Cruz finished, Democratic U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer complained that Cruz’s request for a special launch of a special Joint Select Committee of the House and Senate to Investigate Benghazi to find out what happened in Benghazi, Boxer decided to object and called Cruz’s request as nothing more than politics.
Boxer said, “I oppose this… as Secretary of State John Kerry has addressed this and continues to address it. We had two classified briefings. The intelligence committee is prepared to release a bi-partisan support on the events that occurred in Benghazi.”
“So I sense there’s politics here. You know… I sense there’s politics here… and I don’t think it’s right to inject politics in such a tragedy. And therefore, I object.”
Cruz responded in releasing statements to the press by saying, “We need to ensure that the whistle-blower on Benghazi can tell their stories without fear of reprisals. We need the President to make good on his promise of September 12, 2012: 'to bring justice to the killers who attacked our pavement, who attacked our people.' That still has yet to happen. Truth is not partisan, and every member of this body should want to ascertain what happened.”
“Given the yearlong collective failure of our government either to gain clarity on what happened in Benghazi or extract any retribution for the terrorist attack, Congress should form a Joint Select Committee to launch a proper investigation,” Cruz said.
“We need a chief counsel who can ascertain the truth and follow the actual facts of what happened that night to their full and logical conclusion so that we can honor these American heroes and ensure that we're doing everything we can to prevent this sort of attack from ever happening again.”
Earlier this month, it was reported that the Senate Democrats as a whole blocked Cruz’s attempts to create a committee to investigate Benghazi attacks in which Cruz said, “Failure to hold accountable the perpetrators of this vicious attack will leave terrorists around the world with the impression that they can kill Americans and escape the consequences, increasing the likelihood of future attacks,” said Cruz.
“The American people deserve to have a complete account from their government of the events in Benghazi before, during, and after the attack.”