Benghazi Investigation Sets Up Summer of Partisan Politics
(NewsChannel 8-WJLA) - September 11, 20-12, an attack was launched on the U.S. diplomatic post in benghazi libya. Four americans were killed, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Since then, it's been a political battle to get to the bottom of what happened.
Now, Democrats have agreed to participate in a select-committee, led by a Republican majority. Congressional caucus is tasked with investigating.
House Minor Leader, Democrat Nancy Pelosi said, "Been there, done that," in response to issue. She, and other leaders in her party think Republicans are politicizing the deadly attacks, but it's not stopper her from appointing Democrats to a new House Select Committee.
Elijah Cummings (D-Ranking Member, Select Benghazi Cmte.) said "I owe it to the families of Ambassador Stevens and the other brave Americans who lost their precious lives to bring some minimal level of balance to this process," in response to why he's participating.
On the other side of the aisle, House Speaker John Boehner has avoided any political overtones. He's tapped Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina to take the lead for the majority of seven republicans.
While the committee members have been selected, Boehner is asking everyone to stay patient, saying "I wouldn't be expecting you're going to be seeing a lot very soon... They're going to have to have time to go through all of those documents. They're going to have to decide what do we know, and what don't we know, and figure out how to go get it."
That last comment from Boehner has been the source of controversy for Republicans. How much help will the committee get from the State Department?
Secretary of State John Kerry will testify before a different House committee on his department's cooperation, or lack thereof, in prior investigations. While doubt continues to cloud the deadly Attacks of 2012, the State Department is again assessing a Deteriorating situation in Libya.
WTOP National Security Correspondent, on NewsChannel 8's Capital Insider, said U.S. officials and citizens in Benghazi now know "they could have to pick up and leave at the drop of a hat."