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House Speaker John Boehner Forced To Call for the Creation of a Select Committee To Investigate Benghazi

May 2, 2014 (EIRNS)—This release was issued today by the Lyndon LaRouche Political Action Committee.

Today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) who had previously opposed the creation of a Select Committee to investigate the events in Benghazi announced that he intends for the House to vote to create such a committee. Boehner issued 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."

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) is the sponsor of H.Res. 36, which calls for the creation of a Select Committee to investigate Benghazi. The resolution has a total of 190 co-sponsors, but had been blocked by Boehner. With Boehner’s support, the resolution is assured of winning the support of all Republicans, who hold a majority in the House. But it is also believed that it will receive bipartisan support and will be supported by numerous Democrats.

NBC News reports that the Select Committee will be headed by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.). Gowdy was a Federal prosecutor for six years, and as a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has been an effective critic of the Obama administration’s coverup of Benghazi.