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John Boehner’s Benghazi Cover-Up

Posted: January 8, 2014 at 8:45 am   /   by

What Is the Speaker Hiding?

As the House of Representatives convenes for the second year of the 113th Congress, it is abundantly clear that Speaker John Boehner is now an active participant in the Obama administration’s cover-up of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi.

The Benghazi scandal continued this week when three family members of those killed in the attacks wrote to the Speaker to demand appointment of a House Select Committee to thoroughly examine the events of September 11, 2012. They were joined by scores of conservative leaders, retired military officers, and other concerned individuals.

“We write to express our grave concern over the failure of your House of Representatives to extract the truth from the Obama administration concerning the attack on our diplomatic and intelligence facilities in Benghazi, Libya; and, the brutal deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, U.S. Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, and security officers Ty Woods and Glen Doherty,” the letter said.

The key point in the letter to Boehner is a search for an answer to why the Speaker has stubbornly refused to appoint a committee, preferring to leave the Benghazi investigation to the chairmen of key House committees. The letter bluntly charges that Boehner may be resisting a Select Committee because he has “guilty knowledge” of Benghazi that he acquired in briefings prior to the attacks.

The letter points out that Representative Frank Wolf of Virginia has the support of more than two thirds of House Republicans for his legislation that would create a Select Committee. For months, Boehner has refused to bring Wolf’s legislation to the House floor for a vote.

Wolf, who will retire at the end of this Congress after 17 terms in the House, has been relentless in his call for a House Select Committee to investigate Benghazi. Last month, on the 15-month anniversary of the attacks, Wolf delivered yet another spirited plea for consideration of his legislation. Wolf decried the fact that there has been no public hearing on Benghazi in the House since last September.

The letter to Boehner said the Speaker’s inaction has allowed the Obama administration to continue its Benghazi cover-up unscathed. It added that the fractured and disjointed approach to Benghazi by a number of House committees has stalled the search for the truth.

“Mr. Speaker, we call upon you to act now and create a Select Committee on Benghazi to investigate all aspects of the United States involvement in Libya, to include, but not be limited to the attacks of September 11, 2012,” the letter said. “It must now also include the protracted cover-up the American people, the families of the fallen, and those with loved ones serving overseas have endured.”

Boehner needs to answer for his inaction on Benghazi. He can no longer claim that the chairmen of key House committees are committed to a serious investigation of Benghazi. Boehner is no longer a bystander to the Benghazi tragedy and its aftermath. He is part of the cover-up.