Following the 2012 terrorist attack of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, millions of citizens were distraught not only over the loss of four lives, but also by what they saw as a cover-up by American officials.
Recently released emails indicate a former Obama speechwriter concocted the talking point that the attack was based on outrage over a YouTube video. The revelation only confirmed what many already suspected.
As a result of this development, recent reports indicate House Speaker John Boehner is finally ready to investigate the circumstances surrounding the Benghazi attack and America’s stunted response to it.
“The new emails this week were the straw that broke the camel’s back,” a top Republican aide told the Weekly Standard Friday. “The Speaker was furious to learn that the administration withheld relevant documents from a congressional subpoena. He’s sick and tired of this evasion and obstruction from the administration, and wants a solution to finally force accountability, get to the truth, and provide justice.”
While Boehner has taken some action regarding the Benghazi investigation, he has until now refused to appoint a select committee assigned to the task. According to Friday’s reports, that move is now imminent.
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The aide explained the emails released earlier this week were game-changing.
“For the first time we have clear and public evidence that the White House was more involved in misleading the American people than it had previously admitted,” the source continued. “And, second, it’s now proven that the administration withheld relevant documents from a congressional subpoena request.”
The select committee is expected to be headed by South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, a former district attorney who has made a name for himself since his 2011 election by demanding direct answers from various witnesses he has questioned on Capitol Hill.
Another breaking report indicates two additional committees will likely be tasked with determining why certain unclassified documents were marked as classified amid mounting pressure on the administration to release them.
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