US House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced a vote Friday on a Select Committee on Benghazi. Boehner responded to public outrage over the contents of White House emails showing that election-year politics, and not intelligence gathering, drove the administration’s talking points for the attack on the American installation in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 that left four Americans dead including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) May 2, 2014
Conservatives have been calling for a single committee focused on Benghazi ever since the event, while liberals have tried to push the attack and the administration’s response to it off the front page. Caught in a tough reelection primary in his district, Boehner was finally embarrassed into responding.
Gowdy has been named to head the committee, according to multiple press reports. As The Hill news site reports,
Gowdy was the preferred choice of Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) to take on what will be a high-profile assignment for the GOP over the next several months. The deep-voiced South Carolinian is known for his prosecutorial style in questioning witnesses at hearings as well as his impassioned floor speeches.
Obama administration Press Secretary Jay Carney, meanwhile, implied the administration would refuse to cooperate with the investigation, questioning its legitimacy. “We have always complied with legitimate investigations,” Carney said, and when pressed indicated that the partisan nature of the inquiry made it seem like election-year politics.
Republicans respond that the administration has not cooperated with Congress in its investigation of the Benghazi attack.
Gowdy told Fox News host Greta Van Susteren Friday that he has evidence of a cover-up.
“I have evidence that not only are they hiding it but there’s an intent to hide it … I can’t disclose that evidence yet, but I have evidence that there was a systematic intentional decision to with hold certain documents from Congress, and we’re just sick of it.”