House Intel Committee Finds No Benghazi Scandal; Will Boehner Ignore Its Findings?

According to Representative Mike Thompson, Democrat of California, a report from the Republican led House Intelligence Committee on the September 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, "confirms that no one was deliberately misled, no military assets were withheld and no stand-down order (to U.S. forces) was given."  

Late last week, before Congress headed out of Washington for August recess, the body voted to declassify the document.

After nearly two years of investigations, millions of dollars spent, tens of thousands of pages of documents handed over by the administration, a Republican-led committee is about to release a report stating that there is no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of the Obama White House. In fact, nearly all of the accusations levied against the White House over the past year by conservatives in Congress, and amplified by the media, have now been determined to be false—by a Republican jury.

House Speaker John Boehner is now left with a choice. Will he allow Rep. Trey Gowdy’s kangaroo court, formulated in the guise of a select committee, proceed with its Benghazi investigation, covering ground already delved into not only by the House Intelligence Committee, but by the House Armed Services Committee, the Senate Intelligence Committee, the Accountability Review Board and numerous other investigatory panels?

Doing so would now be nothing short of an explicit vote of no confidence in House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, the Michigan Republican. What will Gowdy, Republican of South Carolina, discover that two years of investigations by his GOP colleagues could not? If the House leadership views the Intelligence Committee as that incompetent, shouldn’t its chairman be replaced?

As The Daily Beast’s Eli Lake reported in May,

“There is deep unease within the Republican leadership that the select committee, which has yet to announce a schedule of hearings, could backfire, and badly. Investigate and find nothing new, and the committee looks like a bunch of tin-hatted obsessives. Investigate and uncover previously-hidden secrets, and it makes all of the other Republican led panels that dug into Benghazi seem like Keystone Kops.”

But what is even more clear now than it was a few weeks ago is that, for Boehner, the appointment of the Benghazi Select Committee has nothing to do with finding the truth about the attack that took the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens, along with those of Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods. It was theater—and bad theater at that.

Attempting to placate the ideological fringes of the Republican conference by using a taxpayer-funded investigation is at best the most cynical form of politics. To continue the charade after a Republican chairman releases findings that undermine the very core of your investigation is outright fraud.

But the Benghazi Select Committee will keep on moving forward. And it will not end after the 2014 elections. If Hillary Clinton chooses to run, the committee will become a principal tool in the conservative movement’s campaign apparatus against her, holding hearings designed to obscure the truth and smear Clinton during the least opportune moments of the electoral cycle.

And if Clinton is elected in 2016, there is little doubt the work of the committee will continue as long as Republicans continue to control the House of Representatives. Why surrender a taxpayer-funded campaign attack dog, especially one endowed by Congress with subpoena power?

 

Comments

The tin hats are on the loose.
All of the so called "scandals" have all walked off the edge of the "flat earth".
A massive waste of time and money.
All of the "investigations" should be brought to an end.

Conservatives are shameless. They are unapologetically throwing the kitchen sink at Dems, hoping to somehow score a political point. Meanwhile, Rome burns.

Uh, Rome burns because our president 1. Didn't set a status agreement in Iraq, 2. Pulled all the troops out 3. Was slow to react to ISIS's building strength and now is struggling to get a coalition together because the world sees him as a weak "leader". Wake up Jimbo--the Right is pushing for the truth because Benghazi and IRS are steeped in lies and coverup. Watergate will pale in comparison. If the shoe were on the other foot Liberals would be going ape sh#%^!

Okay so if I understand you correctly we should ignore the three contractors that were interviewed last week and said they received stand down orders? ( yes people that were there finally speak) Or the former State Department employee who just stated Hillary Clinton subordinates orderd a review of all documents separating anything out that would present the administration in a bad light before documents were handed over to investigators? I don't know if it's wishful thinking or stupidity. When the truth is exposed stop the name calling and deal with it. You bone heads probably don't even know about these 2 news reports that provide the proof that the administration clearly is full of crap. Enjoy the news this week.

Yes, unbelievable how this administration spins its own spin... At every level, from Obama to his spokespeople, a story is created, the truth hidden and then the Right is blamed for lying and politicizing. But eventually, the details about the Benghazi attack and coverup (along with the IRS targeting/coverup) will make their way to the public. In the end, even Obama's most loyal followers will understand this president was never qualified for the job and he has lied to them as well as the rest of the country. Hopefully Obama's legacy will be voters who take care to vet their candidate--not get swept up in a cult following.

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