Friday, May 2, 2014

Look who finally took Levin's advice on handling Benghazi... (UPDATES)

Last evening during the first hour of his program, Levin gave some passionately sound advice to Congress that must be taken in pursuit of the truth about Benghazi...
On Thursday's Mark Levin Show: Mark talks about what it takes to have a Select Committee or a Special Prosecutor to investigate the Obama Administration and get to the bottom of the Benghazi attacks. What did the President know, where did he go, why did the Administration as we have now found out change the story and blame it on the Muslim video rather than what was really going on? Mark says there needs to be subpoena power that goes right to the Oval Office, and to put the President and his staff under oath and have them tell the American people what they knew or didn't know and if they choose to deny or choose Executive Privilege then fine, but the American people need to see them do it. Mark says that we already know Speaker Boehner won't bring impeachment charges, so we need to go at this legally via a Select Committee.
This morning, looks like that advice was finally heeded by Speaker Boehner...

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is announcing today that he intends for the House to vote to create a new select committee to investigate the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans. He released the following statement:
“Americans learned this week that the Obama Administration is so intent on obstructing the truth about Benghazi that it is even willing to defy subpoenas issued by the standing committees of the People's House. These revelations compel the House to take every possible action to ensure the American people have the truth about the terrorist attack on our consulate that killed four of our countrymen. In light of these new developments, the House will vote to establish a new select committee to investigate the attack, provide the necessary accountability, and ensure justice is finally served.

“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?

“The House committees that have been investigating this attack have done extraordinary work, using their subpoena power, holding dozens of hearings, and conducting hundreds of interviews. Without this work we would not know much that we do today. But it’s clear that questions remain, and the administration still does not respect the authority of Congress to provide proper oversight. This dismissiveness and evasion requires us to elevate the investigation to a new level. I intend for this select committee to have robust authority, and I will expect it to work quickly to get answers for the American people and the families of the victims.

“Four Americans died at the hands of terrorists nearly 20 months ago, and we are still missing answers, accountability, and justice. It’s time that change.”
TheRightScoop says CNN has reported that Gowdy would be chairing the committee.

Related link: Issa subpoena’s John Kerry over Benghazi documents

UPDATE I: It's official: Speaker Boehner has chosen Rep. Trey Gowdy to Chair the Benghazi Select Committee!

UPDATE II: Boehner announced his picks to serve under Chairman Trey Gowdy on the Benghazi Special Committee...

TheHill: The Speaker announced his picks to serve under Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) on the special committee on Friday, selecting a mix of junior and senior members and adding an additional former federal prosecutor in freshman Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.).

In addition to Brooks and Gowdy, Boehner’s appointees are Reps. Peter Roskam (Ill.), Jim Jordan (Ohio), Lynn Westmoreland (Ga.), Mike Pompeo (Kan.) and Martha Roby (Ala.).

Roskam is the highest-ranking member and serves now as the GOP’s chief deputy whip, while Jordan and Westmoreland are staunch conservatives who have been deeply involved in the Benghazi investigations to date. Pompeo is the only military veteran, while Roby led a probe into the Benghazi attack as a subcommittee chairwoman on the House Armed Services Committee.

They will join Gowdy, who served as a prosecutor for 16 years before his election to Congress in 2010.

“This investigation is about getting answers for the families of the victims and for the American people,” Boehner said in a statement. “These members have each demonstrated a commitment to this goal, and I have confidence that they will lead a serious, fact-based inquiry. As I have expressed to each of them, I expect this committee to carry out an investigation worthy of the American lives lost in Benghazi.”
Peculiar, Chaffetz, who's been fairly vocal on the Benghazi scandal, wasn't selected. I'll go with tRS's reasoning for his absence, "I expect this committee has been put together in such a way to avoid the look of politics..." Hey, at least we dragged Boehner this far!

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