On Anniversary, Fitzpatrick Urges Benghazi Select Committee Formation
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) marked the one-year anniversary of the September 11, 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya Wednesday by urging Congress to form a Congressional select committee to investigate the planned attack.
“While today we remember the 12th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks here in the United States, we also mark one year since terrorists stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, leaving four Americans dead,” says Fitzpatrick to open the letter. “Several of the House Committees have been diligent in searching for answers, yet many more questions remain about that night.”
Fitzpatrick is one of 172 members of the House Republican Caucus to sign onto H. Res. 36 which would establish a 19-member ‘Select Committee’ to fully handle investigations on the attacks and report to the Congress at large. Currently there are five House committees conducting individual investigations, along with the State Department.
“The families of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty deserve to know what happened,” continues Fitzpatrick. “They deserve to know that the U.S. Government has not relented in the pursuit of justice, and that we will do what it takes prevent another tragedy like Benghazi.”
In October of 2012, President Obama said of the attack that "my biggest priority now is bringing those folks to justice, and I think the American people have seen that's a commitment I'll always keep."
“[N]o one has been held accountable for this attack. The terrorists remain at-large; and the bureaucrats who fumbled the response remain at their posts,” adds Fitzpatrick. “Let Congress, through the establishment of a select committee, work with the president to fulfill our duty to the victims’ families and to the American people.”
Full letter is available HERE
Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.