GOP members fighting own leadership for Benghazi Select Committee

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The one-year anniversary of the deaths of four American diplomats in Benghazi has now passed, and still, Americans wait for answers from the Obama administration on what exactly happened during the terrorist attack last September.

The stall tactics by the administration and the U.S. State Department haven’t – and won’t – deter the 172 bipartisan members of Congress – “a supermajority of the majority” – who have signed on to House Resolution 36 calling on Speaker John Boehner to appoint a Select Committee to investigate Benghazi.

Congressman Frank Wolf, R-Va., introduced H.Res. 36 on January 18, 2013:

Establishes in the House of Representatives a select Committee to investigate and report to the House on:

any intelligence known to the United States relating to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012;

any requests for additional security, or actions taken by federal agencies to improve security at the consulate before the attack;

a definitive timeline of it;

how the relevant agencies and the executive branch responded to it and whether appropriate congressional notifications were made;

any improper conduct by officials relating to the attack;

recommendations on what steps Congress and the President should take to prevent future attacks; and any other relevant issues relating to the attack or the response to it.

Wolf discussed Benghazi at Judicial Watch headquarters in Washington on Monday where he expressed his growing frustration that the “House leadership” is still opposed to appointing the investigative committee.

“I don’t know of any other bill that has such strong support from the House majority, but is still opposed by the House leadership,” Wolf said. “The question before us today is whether the Speaker will seize the opportunity after a year of failed or stalled committee investigations, and change course and create the Select Committee to ensure that the American people have learned the truth.”

Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton urged Americans to ask their members of Congress to support H.Res. 36 and Wolf’s efforts.

Which has also been the call of Special Operations Speaks PAC who unrolled one of the largest petitions ever presented to Congress in July: a petition signed by over 1,000 Special Ops veterans and over a million Americans demanding House members sign the resolution and get a Select Committee appointed.

Patriot Journalist Network is another group who is keeping the pressure on the House to investigate.

PJ Network has kept a running list of the lawmakers who have cosponsored the resolution, along with their contact information for Americans to thank.

“Justice for Benghazi 4” has an even better list of names all conservatives must see: the surprising Republican House members who have not signed on to H.Res. 36, including John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Jason Chaffetz, Darrell Issa and Paul Ryan.

Watch Wolf’s remarks on the importance of H.Res.36 if the American public ever expects answers on Benghazi:

Names of 172 cosponsors of H.Res. 36

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