Fitzpatrick Applauds Speaker Boehner’s Benghazi Decision

Fitzpatrick Applauds Formation of Benghazi Select Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement in response to the Speaker’s announcement of his intention for the House to vote on appointing a select committee to investigate the terrorist attacks on the consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012:

I am pleased that the Speaker has decided to have a vote on appointing a select committee to investigate the terrorist attacks in Benghazi. For over a year I have been a cosponsor of the resolution that would appoint the committee because I always believed that the deaths of four Americans, the circumstances that lead to the attacks and the inconsistencies in the Administration’s response warranted a select committee. However recent developments have added even more urgency to the need for getting to the facts surrounding the attacks and subsequent actions by the White House.

For months the investigation into Benghazi has been under the jurisdiction of several committees. That investigation led to the revelation of an email that seems to imply the White House purposely sought to mislead the American people. This disturbing disclosure in addition to a pattern of obstruction have made the need for a Select Committee that much more apparent. 

Almost two years after the attacks we still do not have a complete picture or who was responsible for the deaths of four Americans and most disturbingly, serious questions have been raised about whether the White House has been entirely honest with the American people. It is my sincere hope that this Select Committee will provide the truth that the victim’s families, and all of us, deserve.

Fitzpatrick had previously written to Speaker Boehner urging for the formation of a 19-member Select Committee to fully handle the investigation of the attacks and report to the Congress at large (read letter HERE). He was also a co-sponsor of H.Res. 36.

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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.