WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement in response to calls by Senate Democrats to disband the House Select Committee on Benghazi:

On May 2, 2014, the House established the Select Committee on Benghazi to investigate what happened before, during, and after the terrorist attack in Benghazi, and to ensure that justice is finally served.  Four Americans lost their lives in this terrorist attack because they were left without adequate security in one of the most dangerous places in the world.  Their loved ones still don’t know the full truth about what happened, and they deserve real answers.  All Americans do. 

“This investigation has never been about former Secretary of State Clinton and never will be.  Indeed, the Select Committee’s very existence is only the result of the Obama administration’s obstruction of routine congressional investigations and its failure to properly comply with subpoenas and document requests.  The fact remains that Secretary Clinton and the Obama administration have done everything they can to delay, derail, and stop this investigation.  They’ve failed to turn over documents in a timely way, and their own actions have needlessly prolonged this panel’s work. 

“The members of this committee have worked diligently and professionally to fulfill this important mission and they will continue to do so.  That’s why we said from the very beginning that Secretary Clinton’s server should be turned over to a neutral, independent, third party, like the FBI.  That’s why the Select Committee has interviewed dozens and dozens of people away from the TV cameras.  That’s why Cheryl Mills, Secretary Clinton’s former chief of staff, has thanked Chairman Gowdy and the Committee for their ‘professionalism’ and ‘respect’ and ‘the work they’re doing.’ 

“The American people deserve the truth about what happened in Benghazi.  That’s always been our focus, and that’s going to remain our focus.”