In an interview with Newsmax, GOP Representative Steve Stockman (R-Texas) denounced Washington’s lack of progress and attention in the investigation of the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya. Stockman criticized President Obama and his administration for “stonewalling” and “trivializing” the investigation, and charged Washington Democrats with a lack of interest in finding out exactly what happened last year in the attack that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
“We spent more time on Trayvon Martin than we did on foreign policy which could jeopardize other lives,” said Stockman. “It’s a tragedy in this nation that we somehow lose focus on thing and drop the ball. This is a really serious case and we see the administration, consulate and the Democrats in joining together in stopping the investigation.”
Stockman is one of a large number of Republicans that have pushed hard for further progress in the Benghazi investigation. The Texas representative stated that he and other Republicans are working towards a “discharge petition” that would force House Speaker John Boehner to appoint a special prosecutor to the case—a move that Stockman believes is necessary for the investigation.
“[Obama]’s trying to trivialize it and make it look like he’s doing something but in reality the only thing that would really count is if we had a special prosecutor,” Stockman explained, naming Boehner as one of the reasons the position had not been appointed.
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“His theory is that the committees are doing their will. But the problem is…they’re not getting a resolve for the answers they need to—and a special prosecutor would…actually have more ability to be more flexible and get to the bottom of it,” said Stockman.
Washington Democrats, including President Obama, have maintained that the frenzy over the Benghazi investigation is merely an attempt by the GOP to create scandal, damage the administration, and shift focus away from key policy items.