WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — National Security Adviser Susan Rice doesn’t believe any new information about the 2012 Benghazi attack will be produced by the House Select Committee headed by Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.
“Dang if I know,” Rice told a gathering at the Women’s Foreign Policy Group about if new information will be revealed. “I mean, honestly, the administration has produced, I think, 25,000 pages of documents or 25,000 individual documents. They’ve supported, participated in, contributed to the investigation of seven different committees. We have had an accountability review board by very distinguished group of outsiders.”
Rice continued: “You know, House and Senate committees have pronounced on this repeatedly. So it’s hard to imagine what further will come of yet another committee.”
Multiple independent and bipartisan investigations have faulted the State Department for inadequate security at the mission and the military’s lack of assets in the region. Yet the inquiries have failed to quiet the much-publicized aftermath, with Republicans vehemently insisting that the administration sought to downplay a terror attack just weeks before the presidential election.
Two years later, Benghazi resonates with Republicans, who demand accountability from President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other administration officials. It remains a rallying cry with conservatives whose votes are crucial to the GOP in November’s historically low-turnout midterm elections.
Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans died in the Sept. 11, 2012 attack.
Rice says “talking points” are getting in the way of remembering the lives lost.
“Because what is lost in all of this discussion about Sunday shows and talking points is that we lost four brave Americans on that day, and their families and those of us who work with them continue to grieve. And the last thing we need to do is to lose any more.”
Outside of Gowdy, House Speaker John Boehner has tapped six other Republicans to serve on the committee.
““This investigation is about getting answers for the families of the victims and for the American people. These members have each demonstrated a commitment to this goal, and I have confidence that they will lead a serious, fact-based inquiry,” Boehner said in a statement. “As I have expressed to each of them, I expect this committee to carry out an investigation worthy of the American lives lost in Benghazi. I also urge my Democratic colleagues to treat this tragedy with the proper respect and appoint members so that we can finally, on a bipartisan basis, get answers, provide accountability, and help deliver justice. It is critical that this committee do its work in a focused, timely manner, so that the House can continue to make the economy and job creation its priorities.”
The committee also provides for five Democratic members to join but House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is determining whether to boycott the committee or have members participate.
“This is a political stunt,” Pelosi stated. “We’ve been there, done this, over and over again.”
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