September 11, 2013 will mark the one year anniversary of the terrorist attacks by Muslim jihadists on a diplomatic entourage, which resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including the United States Ambassador. On Monday I informed you of Representative Steve Stockman’s plan to force John Boehner’s hand on forming a special House committee to investigate Benghazi. On Tuesday, he followed through by unrolling a 60 foot long document with signatures of 1,000 Special Operations Veterans demanding a select committee in Congress to “end the cover-up” of the Benghazi scandal and get to the truth.
As I told you then, there has been a House Resolution languishing in Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) rules Committee since January. The Resolution was sponsored by Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) and has 160 Congressmen signed on to it. This is what this petition is promoting.
Retired Col. Dick Brauer said, “I know my compatriots, both retired and on active duty were champing at the bit to be launched. We needed to try, have the guts to try.”
“That sends a message,” said Brauer. “That sends a message to those on active duty. That sends a message to those who have served that we will never leave you behind.”
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), member of the House Oversight Committee told Fox News, “You’ve got people who have been there, people who’ve been fighting for this country who cannot stand the fact that the Obama administration has continued to mislead the American public. They lied about what happened and when it happened.”
“They’ve been slow walking us, in providing the American people that information and so I totally sympathize with what they’re saying,” Chaffetz continued. “If, but for the House of Representatives we would still be listening to the Obama administration say that this was demonstration, which it was not.”
Chaffetz though agrees with Boehner in letting the House Committees, which there are about four currently that are investigating various scandals, continue to push on this issue, rather than have a select committee to investigate Benghazi. Boehner turned down a select committee back in July.
The Utah Congressman indicates that part of the frustration was the number of months prior in which there were no subpoenas being sent out. He also said part of the frustration comes because of the way the Obama administration has been handling things, rather how they have failed to respond properly to what they have been asked for. It’s very much similar to the Fast and Furious scandal in which Barack Obama issued executive privilege, while Eric Holder’s Justice Department sent over completely redacted pages for the House Oversight committee to look at, but have still not complied and sent tens of thousands of documents related to Fast and Furious, which is ultimately why he was found to be in contempt of Congress.
Chaffetz did say they were attempting to focus on the real obstructers, which he says is the White House. He also informed the American people that the week before last, they conducted over 25 hours of transcribed interviews, which was not relayed to the media. He also said that when they issued a subpoena to get someone from the White House to come up to Capitol Hill, they got another document dump from the State Department, which again just makes their task take longer to get through.
Ultimately though, Chaffetz says they want to get at the truth, which in his words deal with three distinct things that were involved in the Benhazi attacks. First he mentioned what led up to creating the “death trap” in Benghazi. Second, he said the House is interested in all that took place in the 25 hours of the attack. Finally, he said his committee was interested in the lies and misdirection that came from the Obama administration following the attacks.
Congressman Stockman said, “It has been nearly a year since terrorists killed an American ambassador and three other U.S. citizens in a coordinated attack. Yet, not one survivor has been allowed to testify to Congress and repeated requests for information have been blocked. Two different hearings have been canceled after witnesses were confronted and some intimidated.”
“If four members of Obama’s personal staff had been killed there would rightfully have been a full investigation and congressional hearings. But not one perpetrator has been brought to justice and requests for witnesses and information have been blocked,” said Stockman.
“The usual channels for justice are being cut off. We have no other choice than to file a discharge petition to force a vote of the full Congress on Congressman Frank Wolf’s bill creating a Select Committee with full subpoena power. The survivors and the victims’ families deserve answers and all Americans overseas deserve to know why their Commander-In-Chief left men to die at the hands of terrorists. All Americans owe Congressman Wolf a deep debt for his bravery in demanding answers and justice.”
I agree, answers and justice must be demanded. The question is, when will American have their questions answered and when will justice be dealt out?Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook and Twitter, and follow our friends at RepublicanLegion.com.
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