Ever since the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Libya, “Benghazi” has been a slanderous term used by opponents of the Obama administration to criticize the way the attacks were handled.
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are taking steps to further uncover information about the incident, which resulted in the death of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. The motive behind the attacks, as well as the role of the U.S. federal government in Benghazi prior to the attacks, remains controversial.
In response to a newly-released batch of emails regarding the Obama administration’s response to Benghazi, Speaker John Boehner announced the House will vote on a special committee to be tasked with investigating the incident.
“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,” Boehner said in a statement, according to Fox News.
The committee plans to subpoena Secretary of State John Kerry to testify regarding the attacks. Congress is alleging that Kerry’s office concealed relevant documents and information regarding the attacks for an unnecessary amount of time.
According to the USA Today, the select committee will be modeled after similar committees that have been formed in the past for major investigations, such as the Watergate scandal.
Benghazi was a popular issue leading up to the 2012 election, and it appears as if politicians are bringing it back to the forefront of national discussion in yet another election year.