By Ben Barrack
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) began calling for a House Select Committee to investigate Benghazi three months after the attack. He has been met with resistance by House leadership that has demonstrated more interest in pushing Barack Obama’s immigration agenda.
Wolf’s bill, H.Res.36 has 161 sponsors. This week, after a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing scheduled for July 18th was being canceled, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), who sits on the committee, issued a press release, which said in part:
Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX 36) will seek to force a vote in Congress on creating a select committee to investigate the Obama administration’s handling of the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Following the cancellation of a House hearing this week on the Benghazi attacks, Rep. Stockman announced his intention to file a discharge petition to force a vote on Rep. Frank Wolf’s H. Res. 36, which would establish a Select Committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks.
“Congressman Wolf has fearlessly led the fight for justice on this issue. The whole nation owes Congressman Wolf a deep debt of gratitude. Some House Democrats now appear to be openly interfering with the investigation and intimidating witnesses, which only raises more questions about the White House’s involvement,” said Stockman. “The only way we’re going to get a clean and thorough investigation is by forcing a vote with a discharge petition.”
Beginning on July 16th, Rep. Wolf began going to the House floor with a “Benghazi Question of the Day”. During his speech on the 16th, Wolf pledged to do this each day until Congress recesses in two weeks:
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) today issued the first in a series of statements to be issued before Congress breaks for its August recess in hopes of finding out what happened in Benghazi last September when the U.S. consulate and a CIA annex were attacked, resulting in the death of four Americans, including a U.S. ambassador.
Here is Wolf asking his ‘Benghazi Question of the Day’ on Day 1:
We could not locate the video of Wolf’s Day 2 speech but here is the transcript.
Day 3, July 18th:
Day 4, July 19th:
As for what the makeup of a Select Committee might look like, Wolf’s government page provides a few clues:
…in December 2012, I introduced a bill to create a House Select Committee on the Terrorist Attack in Benghazi, which would have full subpoena power to fully investigate what happened in Benghazi and the Obama Administration’s response. The committee would be comprised of the chairmen and ranking members of the committees on Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, Armed Services, Judiciary, Homeland Security and Government Reform and Oversight, with other members appointed by House leaders based on expertise.
If Wolf’s version of the bill is adopted, here are the chairmen and ranking members who would be on the committee:
House Judiciary Committee
Chairman: Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
Ranking Member: John Conyers (D-MI), registered with the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) Caucus and defender of the Muslim Brotherhood-inspired Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). America was attacked in Benghazi by, among others, the Muslim Brotherhood-inspired Ansar al-Sharia.
House Government Reform and Oversight Committee
Chairman: Darrell Issa (R-CA)
Ranking Member: Elijah Cummings (D-MD), also registered with the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) Caucus. Runs interference for Obama administration at every turn. Perhaps most despicably, he looked the Brian Terry family in the eye and promised to seek justice, holding everyone involved accountable, “no matter where they are”. Cummings went back on his word and went out of his way to defend Eric Holder and the Obama administration, voting ‘no’ on holding the Attorney General in contempt of Congress. The empty promises Cummings made to a grieving Terry family were made to the grieving families of Benghazi’s victims. Don’t look for him to cooperate.
Here is Cummings in June of 2011 pledging to help the Terry family before spending the next year helping Obama and Holder instead:
According to Wolf, additional members for the select committee would be appointed by “House leaders based on expertise”. Here are a few suggestions for House leadership (assuming they can take their eye off the immigration agenda for a few minutes):
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Judiciary / Oversight / Homeland Security
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Judiciary / Oversight
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Judiciary / Oversight
Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID), Judiciary
Rep. Steve King (R-IA), Judiciary
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Intelligence
Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Oversight
Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA), Oversight / Homeland Security
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Judiciary
Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX), Foreign Affairs / Judiciary
As for the Democrats, considering there is a Muslim element to all of this, perhaps the two Muslims in Congress – Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) – could be on the committee. It’d be instructive to see them defend the Brotherhood.
Here’s a video that calls for a Select Committee as well, via OPSPEC:
***UPDATE on July 22, 2013 at 5:30pm EST***
Here is Wolf’s Benghazi Question #5:
***UPDATE on July 23, 2013 at 1:00pm EST***
Here is Wolf’s Benghazi Question #6:
***UPDATE on July 24, 2013 at 10:15am EST***
Here is Wolf’s Benghazi Question #7:
***UPDATE on July 25, 2013 at 2:42pm EST***
Wolf did not issue Benghazi Question #8 from the House Floor but did issue it via a statement on his website.
Based on the content of Wolf’s Question #8, we thought this video would make for a good juxtaposition:
***UPDATE on July 30, 2013 at 8:11pm EST***
Here is Wolf’s Benghazi Question #9:
***UPDATE on July 31, 2013 at 4:10pm EST***
Here is Wolf’s Benghazi Question #10: