Following the long-awaited first public hearing on Benghazi by a select House committee established earlier this year, it became clear that the congressional inquiry into a 2012 terrorist attack that left four Americans dead is far from over. The Associated Press reported that hearings could easily last well into the next presidential election cycle.
Hillary Clinton, who served as secretary of state during the Benghazi attack and has faced significant criticism for her subsequent perceived obstructionism, is widely regarded as the early favorite among Democrats hoping to succeed Barack Obama. With a clear connection to the ongoing investigation, however, some see a continued focus on Benghazi as potentially detrimental to her fledgling candidacy.
As Western Journalism reported, an early campaign ad against Clinton asks viewers to demand the select committee compel her to testify. The panel’s chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy, has yet to announce whether she will be called to answer questions.
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He has made it clear, though, that he plans to leave no stone unturned in ascertaining the truth about that deadly day in Libya.
“Given the gravity of the issues at hand,” he said, “I am willing to risk answering the same question twice rather than risk not answering it once.”
There are currently no firm limitations on the scope or length of the panel’s investigation. Far from supporting a lengthy probe, a number of Democrats feel the formation of another body tasked with investigating the Benghazi incident is unnecessary.
Gowdy, a former prosecutor, responded to individuals who share such views.
“To those who believe it is time to move on,” he said, “to those who believe that there is nothing left to discover, that all the questions have been asked and answered and that we’ve learned all the lessons that there are to be learned: we have heard all of that before – and it was wrong then.”