Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that she doesn’t understand why Republican members of Congress continue to investigate the events surrounding the 2012 attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya.
Her remarks were made in response to a question from ABC News’ Robin Roberts.
“On Benghazi, the new investigation,” Roberts said. “Are you satisfied with the answers and are you content with what you know — what happened?”
“Absolutely. I mean, of course there are a lot of reasons why, despite all of the hearings, all of the information that has been provided, some choose not to be satisfied and choose to continue to move forward,” Clinton said. “That’s their choice. And I do not believe there is any reason for it to continue in this way, but they get to call the shots in the Congress.”
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced last week the formation of a special committee to investigate the White House’s handling of the Benghazi attacks that claimed the lives of four Americans.
Boehner then announced on Monday that former federal prosecutor Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) would head the special committee.
“Twenty months after the Benghazi attacks, there remain unresolved questions about why the security was inadequate, our response during the siege itself, and our government’s interaction with the public after the attack,” Gowdy said in a statement after he was formally appointed to chair the investigation. “All of those lines of inquiry are legitimate and should be apolitical. Facts are neither red nor blue.”
“Four of our fellow citizens were murdered, and a facility emblematic and representative of our country was attacked and burned on the anniversary of 9/11,” the statement added. “Our fellow citizens are full well capable of processing the truth about the attacks and aftermath, and most assuredly entitled to hear it.”
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) in a separate announcement revealed last week that he had subpoenaed Secretary of State John Kerry to testify before Congress on the attacks.
The State Department’s “response to congressional investigation of Benghazi has shown a disturbing disregard for its legal obligations to Congress,” Issa said in a statement. “Compliance with a subpoena for documents is not a game. The State Dept has failed to meet its legal obligations.”
“I expect [Secretary Kerry] to identify docs the [department] is withholding, has delayed, or has simply avoided searching for,” the California Republican added.
(H/T: Washington Free Beacon)
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