Today, the House will consider a resolution creating a special committee to investigate the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya that took the lives of four Americans in 2012. In an op-ed in today’s USA Today, Rep. Trey Gowdy, who has been selected to lead the committee, lays out the questions that remain regarding the attack, and underscores the need for a serious, non-partisan process to get the truth. Here are a few excerpts:
“Why was security for our facility in Libya inadequate, and why were repeated calls for additional security unheeded and, indeed, explicitly rejected? Was our military response during the pendency of the siege sufficient? And in the days and weeks after the attack, was the Obama administration transparent and forthright with our fellow Americans in describing the impetus behind the attack?
“Moreover, no one has been arrested, prosecuted, or punished for the murders of our fellow Americans. These outstanding questions, and others, are legitimate, and seeking the answer to these questions should be an apolitical process.
“Facts are neither Republican nor Democrat. While our fellow citizens are free to draw varying conclusions and inferences from the facts, surely there can be consensus that every relevant fact must be uncovered. …
“‘May justice be done, though the heavens fall.’ That adage governed my time as a prosecutor in state and federal court, and it would serve us well as we uncover the truth about Benghazi.”
“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,” Speaker Boehner said last week. “But it’s clear that questions remain, and the administration still does not respect the authority of Congress to provide proper oversight. … 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.”