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Republicans launch Benghazi probe

By The Herald Staff | 5/9/2014

WASHINGTON — The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives wants answers about the Sept. 11, 2012, attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, appointed seven Republicans to a select committee to continue investigating the attack, according to media reports. Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo, who hails from the Wichita area, was among those chosen, along with U.S. Reps. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, Susan Brooks, R-Indiana, Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, Martha Roby, R-Alabama, Peter Roskam, R-Illinois, and Lynn Westmoreland, R-Georgia.

WASHINGTON — The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives wants answers about the Sept. 11, 2012, attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, appointed seven Republicans to a select committee to continue investigating the attack, according to media reports. Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo, who hails from the Wichita area, was among those chosen, along with U.S. Reps. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, Susan Brooks, R-Indiana, Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, Martha Roby, R-Alabama, Peter Roskam, R-Illinois, and Lynn Westmoreland, R-Georgia.

Pompeo said in a news release that he was honored to be selected for the committee.

“During the last 16 months, I’ve been working on the Intelligence Committee’s investigation, in an effort to uncover the truth, and work to ensure that this administration is completely honest with the American people about the tragic events around Benghazi. We’ve learned a great deal, but we must ensure that every fact is uncovered, and that those responsible for the failures that took place surrounding these events are held accountable,” he said.

Pompeo’s House colleague, U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kansas, fully supported the formation of the committee, she said. Despite previous “rigorous” investigations, she said, the House learned last week that the White House withheld emails pertinent to the earlier probes.

“After calling for it last year, I’m glad to see the House has chosen to move forward with the formation of a select committee,” Jenkins said. “Whether it’s the concerns about Benghazi or the abuse at the IRS, this administration continues to disregard transparency and accountability. The House has a responsibility to conduct oversight of the administration and we will not stop until we get the full truth the American people deserve.”

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