Here we are in September, only days before Congress returns to Capitol Hill, and a little more than a week until the second anniversary of the deadly attack on the American compound in Benghazi, Libya.
South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy will soon call to order the House Select Committee tasked with uncovering the truth of what happened before, during and after the Benghazi assault that left four Americans dead. Political observers wonder if Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations will be “dead” — or at least severely wounded — in light of what the committee proceedings may reveal.
The New York Times reports that the Gowdy-led investigation could extend all the way into the election season of 2016:
Representative Trey Gowdy, Republican of South Carolina and the chairman of the House select committee on Benghazi, said his go-slow investigation was not motivated by politics. He said that he had gone out of his way to maintain good relations with Democrats on the committee, asking Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the panel’s ranking Democrat, to join him in private meetings in July with family members of the four Americans killed in Libya in July.
In addition to the congressional investigation, three new books are scheduled for publication, promising important new evidence about the Benghazi attack as well as the part Hillary Clinton may have played as then Secretary of State.
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The Washington Times tells us that a political reporter for MSNBC is expressing concern about the content of those new books:
“Benghazi is coming back with a vengeance. After several mercifully Benghazi-free months, the 2012 attack on the diplomatic compound in Libya is about to be thrust back into the spotlight around its September 11 anniversary,” writes Alex Seitz-Wald, political reporter for MSNBC, who notes that “books promising explosive new allegations about the terror attack” are due to hit public radar this month, along with a Fox News documentary.
“Add that to the usual fare that accompanies the anniversary of any major news event and you get a headache for the teams surrounding Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.”