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Congressman Young Comments on House Creation of Select Committee to Investigate Benghazi Terrorist Attack


Location: Washington, DC

The House of Representatives this week passed House Resolution 567, by a bipartisan vote of 232 to 186, to establish the Select Committee on the events surrounding the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi. Today, Congressman Don Young shared the following statement on the matter:

"I share the outrage felt by Alaskans and Americans alike at the Administration's response to the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, which resulted in the death of four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens," said Congressman Don Young. "The American public deserves answers to this tragic attack and peace of mind knowing that their government did everything necessary to prevent it from happening. Report after report lead me to believe this was not the case, and that this Administration actively took part in covering up its mistakes on that fateful day. I've stood strong with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in getting to the bottom of this matter through numerous hearings and lengthy investigations into the events that unfolded in northern Africa. This type of oversight is one of the House's most basic constitutional duties, and quite frankly I am at a loss for words why many of my Democrat colleagues are afraid to get to the bottom of this issue.

"While the House leadership has sought answers on this attack, this Administration has stood silent and in many instances in the way of uncovering the truth," Congressman Young said. "By withholding critical information and countless emails, despite more than nine different subpoenas, this Administration continues to hide the truth from the American people. It is entirely unacceptable for this Administration to willfully disregard our subpoenas and impede our investigations, which is why my House colleagues and I have joined together to create a select committee to find answers and uncover the facts on what transpired in the days leading to and following the Benghazi attack."

Congressman Young is a cosponsor of an earlier House Resolution to create a select committee on Benghazi.

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