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February 12, 2016

Republicans’ Benghazi Panel Appointments Likely Friday (Updated) (Video)

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Updated 12:09 p.m. | The House is poised to pass a resolution on Thursday afternoon creating a special committee to investigate the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, ensuring the issue will be kept alive well into the presidential election season.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., has already been named chairman of the special panel, and Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio is expected to name the remaining six Republicans on Friday, according to aides.

“I don’t think we’re ready to make that announcement today, but I would hope in the near future,” Boehner said during his weekly news conference on Thursday.

Democrats are considering boycotting the committee.

Gowdy, in an opinion piece in USA Today, said the committee is necessary because the White House has not been forthright with congressional investigators about their response to the 2012 attack on a U.S. consulate.

“The select committee should strive to uncover every relevant witness, document or other piece of evidence so our fellow citizens can know the facts and the full truth,” he wrote.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland sent Boehner a letter late Tuesday evening calling the special committee’s makeup of seven Republicans and five Democrats “unwise.”

In their letter, Pelosi and Hoyer stopped short of saying they would decline to appoint five Democrats from their caucus to serve on the panel, but senior House Democrats, including Assistant Leader James E. Clyburn, D-S.C., have suggested a boycott, with Clyburn adding that he wouldn’t be “bringing the noose to my own hanging.”


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    Let’s start out with the premise that Christopher Stevens didn’t have a death wish. He could have remained safe guarded in the US Embassy in Tripoli, but he thought he would be perfectly safe in Benghazi. Chris was just going about his daily job as Ambassador –no one in the United States even knew he was going to Benghazi that day. So to throw out blame on people outside of Libya is insane politics– get real.

  • Brandt Hardin

    Can’t we move on to more important issues facing our country? This is a dog and pony show to attack Hillary before 2016 and continue to stonewall Obama on every relevant issue. At every turn of the corner, the blame is placed solely on the POTUS as if he were an Emperor without a system of checks and balances. Watch the GOP apply the blackface and bamboozle our President at

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