Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) to Chair Committee
By Harold Hutchison
The House of Representatives is forming a select committee to investigate the 11 September, 2012 attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi. The attack left four Americans dead, and the Obama Administration’s handling of that attack generated controversy.
|Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC)|
According to multiple media reports, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) reportedly decided to form the select committee after new documents emerged, showing the Obama Administration was trying to deflect blame for the attack onto a Youtube video. One of the documents was an e-mail from White House NSC spokesperson Ben Rhodes, urging UN Ambassador Susan Rice to blame that video. Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC) has been considered a likely chairman for the committee.
“The administration's withholding of documents – emails showing greater White House involvement in misleading the American people – is a flagrant violation of trust and undermines the basic principles of oversight upon which our system of government is built. And it forces us to ask the question, what else about Benghazi is the Obama administration still hiding from the American people?” Boehner said in a statement released today.
|Rep. Darryl Issa (R-CA)|
The e-mail by Rhodes was only released last week after legal action by Judicial Watch, even though the House Oversight Committee, chaired by Representative Darryl Issa (R-CA), issued a subpoena for the documents in August, 2013.
Issa recently subpoenaed Secretary of State John Kerry, requiring his appearance before the House Oversight Committee on 21 May. “Compliance with a subpoena for documents is not a game. Because your Department is failing to meet its legal obligations, I am issuing a new subpoena to compel you to appear before the Committee to answer questions about your agency's response to the congressional investigation of the Benghazi attack,” he said in a letter to Secretary Kerry.
The date and time of the vote for the new select committee has yet to be determined.