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Wolf Statement On Interim Progress Report On Benghazi


Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), author of H. Res. 36, which currently has 121 cosponsors, today made the following statement in response to an interim progress report released by the five House committee chairmen investigating the events surrounding the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, which killed four Americans:

"More than seven months have passed since the terrorist attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans and injured untold others. Since that time, there have been more questions than answers about what really went on that night -- questions that have been met with virtual silence and, according to this report, misleading information, from the Obama Administration.

"The interim progress report issued today is a step in the right direction. Nevertheless, I believe we still have a long way to go before we will have all the answers that the American people and the families of the victims deserve. Retired military officers and non-commissioned officers in the Special Operations community characterized today's report as "completely inadequate.' In fact, the report ends with two full pages of action items that the Congress still needs to fulfill before this investigation is finished.

"The creation of a select committee -- which would cost nothing, have full cross-agency subpoena authority and would be extinguished after its final report is issued -- would prevent the Obama Administration from saying one thing to one committee and another thing entirely to the others. Most importantly, the select committee's comprehensive jurisdiction and subpoena authority would hold everyone accountable and protect federal agency employees who feel a duty to testify, but may be pressured not to by the administration.

"For these reasons, more than ever, I still believe -- as do the military professionals who have risked their lives to serve their country, as well as the families of the Benghazi victims I have met with -- that a select committee is the only way we will truly get to the bottom of this tragic event. Notably, the report makes a serious accusation that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton misled the Congress. If a cabinet official misleading the American people doesn't meet the threshold for a select committee, I don't know what does.

"An interim report is an incomplete report. The families of the victims deserve answers to the many questions that still remain -- and they don't want to wait another seven months to get them. The majority of my Republican colleagues have said a select committee is the only path forward. The threshold has been reached -- it's time to advance H. Res. 36."

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