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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Just days after House Democrats demanded an end to the House Oversight Committee’s “partisan investigation” into the 2012 attacks on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, three Republican senators requested a new inquiry into the incident.

“We are once again calling for the appointment of a Joint Select Committee to investigate the terrorist attacks on our compounds in Benghazi,” Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John McCain (R-AZ) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) said in a statement Monday, as reported by Talking Points Memo. “It is imperative that we learn everything that happened before, during and after the attacks. A Joint Select Committee should be established.”

The senators previously called for the appointment of a Joint Select Committee last April, citing still-unsubstantiated claims that witnesses were “afraid to testify,” and a false accusation that military assets could have been deployed to stop the attack after it began.

This latest call to expand the investigation comes less than a week after the 17 Democrats on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform sent a letter to committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), demanding that he “put a halt to the Committee’s partisan investigation of the September 2012 attacks in Benghazi and begin focusing instead on conducting responsible oversight to implement constructive reforms to protect our diplomatic corps overseas.”

Citing Congressman Issa’s false accusations that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lied to Congress about personally authorizing security reductions in Libya and ordered then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to “stand down” during the attacks, the Democrats charged that “continuing this reckless pattern of launching wholly unfounded accusations on national television…is undermining the credibility of our Committee and the seriousness of our work.”

Issa’s crusade has thus far failed to uncover any wrongdoing by Clinton or any other senior members of the Obama administration, but according to the Pentagon has cost millions of dollars and thousands of hours of personnel time.

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  • bcarreiro

    it was 9/11 everywhere that day………… know what you signed in for.

    • awakenaustin


  • Thomas Healy

    Romney says “I told you so” in regards to Putin. American progressives said “As soon as the republicans take control of the house it will be non-stop investigations that the people with an ounce of intelligence will see won’t go anywhere except to exculpation.” So WE told you so.

  • AnthonyLook

    Agree to increase in taxes for the Rich and Corporations and end to Corporate subsidies, tax shelters, and out sourcing American jobs, then we’ll talk.

  • kingartie1

    That has little to do with Benghazi and just about everything to do with Boise, Baton Rouge, Bozeman, Bangor, and so on. That is to say, election year politics. If Obama wore one red sock and one blue sock they’d move to impeach him if he wasn’t wearing white. If he pushes for lower health care costs, they’d accuse him of trying to enact government medical system control, if costs spun higher they’d accuse him of an incompetent hands-off approach. They will NEVER cease their attempts to smear the president, even though they look like the morons they are.

    I loathe this administration’s policies on NSA, TPP and other issues — but the Republican’t hypocrisy, double standards, bait-and-switch, deceptions, and outright, naked lies is a new high in low for government mismanagement and venal attempts to manipulate the voting public.

    Benghazi??? Did anyone of these buttholes ever call for a non-stop 9/11 investigation to examine that VAST monstrosity top to bottom? Let’s all shout the answer: NO! Needless to say, there are A LOT –thousands–of unanswered questions there, gents. Let us know when you’ve grown the cojones to tackle that one.

    • toptwome

      I also oppose the TPP and really do not know why President Obama or Democrats would think this is good in any way. That is about all I do disagree with. President Obama has had to fight the GOP on everything. It is disturbing just how hateful the GOP has become toward the middle class and working poor. They are able to deceive so many people who are glued to fox news.

  • Grannysmovin

    The bipartisan report by the Senate intelligence committee also found that no U.S. military units or aircraft were close enough to intervene or assist during the overnight attack, which left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

    New York (AFP) – Al-Qaeda had no direct involvement in the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi that left four Americans dead on September 11 last year, The New York Times reported Saturday.

    CNN’s State of the Union misleadingly hyped congressional Republican demands to interview survivors of the September 11, 2012 terrorist
    attacks in Benghazi, Libya. The report ignored, however, that multiple key
    witnesses to the attack have already testified before Congress and more are scheduled to testify in the future.

    This was the 12th hearing regarding the September 11, 2012
    terror attack on the American diplomatic mission in Libya, Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI) pointed out — three in this committee, and three just this week.

    Accountability Review Board report authored by Pickering and retired admiral Mike Mullen.

    Citing a March 11 Pentagon letter, the AP reported how millions in funding have been funneled away from other Department of Defense responsibilities to “repetitive requests for information from about 50
    congressional hearings, briefings and interviews,” and the Pentagon
    determined that “[t]he total cost of compliance with Benghazi-related
    congressional requests sent to the department and other agencies is estimated to be in the millions of dollars
    .” The AP cited former commander of U.S. Africa Command
    Gen. Carter Ham’s experience as an example: [He] has briefed or testified before congressional panels five times over two years, and yet both the Armed Services Committee and House Oversight and Government Reform has [sic] asked Ham to submit to additional interviews.
    Enough already – using the deaths of these individuals to gain political points is despicable. To use a term used in the legal arena “asked and answered”.

  • Gantz9

    Darrel Issa isn’t worth the air he breaths.

    • Sand_Cat

      Well, he certainly heats it up a lot. Maybe they could save on the heating bill if he has more “investigations.”

  • latebloomingrandma

    Republicans keep coming up with new ways to make themselves look foolish.
    Why not just jump to the foregone conclusion—–Obama committed murder in Benghazi with the candlestick! (Next year insert Clinton in place of Obama.)

    • Sand_Cat

      Didn’t you know? A UN “black” helicopter picked Obama up from visiting his birthplace and praying in a mosque after leaving communist headquarters in Kenya and secretly ferried him to Benghazi to meet Hillary, after which the two of them personally murdered the ambassador. Or are you naïve enough to accept what the lamestream media reported?

      • toptwome

        I would believe the lamestream media over that, but it is funny when you put it all out there like a raging republican lunatic would.

  • Jambi

    What’s next?…another repeal Obamacare vote?…maybe we could bring up the birther issue again….Get a life Senator(s)!!! you’re wasting time and money…aren’t you the “deficit cops” of the Senate?

    • FredAppell

      Since you asked, yes! Chuck Todd alleged this evening that there may still be a fight regarding Obamacare. Apparently if the 7 million people that signed up aren’t among the proper segments of society
      (whatever that means) everyone’s premiums will likely sky rocket next year. The righties aren’t going to go away quietly, I’m sure it was them that put that condition in the ACA. Things could get very ugly!

      • toptwome

        I learned a while ago that Chuck Todd is not someone who is even close to being a Democrat. The more things he says I know he is a republican.

        • FredAppell

          I really don’t know the man’s politics. I do remember him from MSNBC’s Chris Mathews show. He was a frequent guest that Mathews has a great deal of respect for. The comment he made was during NBC Nightly News/ Brian Williams. Personally, I think he told the truth because I’ve been hearing that very thing on NPR for several months. The target demographic that’s essential to the success of Obamacare are the millennials. The problem is, they are the least likely to think about healthcare but since
          the law mandates that they must have it or pay a tax next year, chances are very good that they signed up.

  • dpaano

    You know what really pisses me off…..he’s using MY hard-earned taxpayer dollars for these ridiculous hearings. Isn’t there anything we can do to stop them? I mean, this is getting to be more and more ridiculous! And Rand Paul talks about the Democrats spending money unwisely……guess what, he’s wrong!

  • jointerjohn

    They would reopen the case of the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby if they thought they could implicate President Obama. There is a sad yet simple reason why they say such stupid things; because there are still people out there who will listen. I’d like to see how long they would continue to hold their hearings in a room with no press in it. I venture it would be over in about fifteen minutes.

  • Michael4Tune

    Henry … you slip is showing … folks who tell the truth are amenable to the free flow of discussion … those who lie want others silenced. Benghazi is the penultimate American scandal that involves incompetence, ideology, criminal negligence & politically motivated coverup of the truth. It is all quite remarkable that the left does not realize that Hillary Clinton went to Tripoli Libya in late 2011 and committed $40 Million to buyback weapons (MANPADS) & sent a Task Force lead by Mark Adams of State Department Weapons Abatement that started the debacle in Benghazi. She wanted street credibility in the foreign affairs field for her run in 2016. Problem is she is incompetent and disregarded the fact you cannot send Americans into sub-standard security facilities with the very real possibility they will be killed. That is what happened thanks to Hillary Clinton’s desire for street credibility. If you should like to read a chronology that is well documented with Department of State presentations and testimony from Diplomatic Corp on the ground you can read it by Google searching “#Benghazi Synopsis” and reading. This has nothing to do with the response on the night of the attack … the mass of the glacier is below the surface … you need to get under the surface to see.

    • jmprint

      So when do we start investigating Cheney on war crimes.

      • Michael4Tune

        so timely … and while we are talking history, why did Bill Clinton not get Osama bin Laden in the Sudan when he was given the locations and go ahead by the Sudanese government … ? Had bin Laden been taken down then we would not be discussing the war in Iraq … war in Afghanistan or terrorism to the extent it has grown … so I guess you should be complaining to Bill Clinton … not Dick Cheney.

        • jmprint

          Oh please, why didn’t Bush get him? Cheney is a blatant criminal, he wanted this war, he thought it would arouse the economy and new dam well his buddies would make billions. Oil was his ONLY concern. So YES DICK CHENEY is the one that owns the blame. Daddy Bush was the cause of 911 with Desert Storm. Cheney would still have created the war with excuses of bogus weapons of mass destruction. So go defend your repubic friends elsewhere. Benghazi, mistakes happened and that’s ALL, there are no crimes, that’s why after years and millions of dollars later there is still no proof, you can’t find what’s not there.

          • Michael4Tune

            Bill Clinton was given bin Laden’s address in the Sudan back in ’96, by
            the Sudanese government but BJ Clinton was too busy getting BJ’s in the
            Oval Office to pull the trigger. Soon thereafter Sudan threw bin Laden
            out of the country where he then went to set up camps in Afghanistan.

            You obviously are young and the indoctrination has you in couch lock …
            this thread is about Benghazi … not a guy living a peaceful and modest
            life in Montana. My guess is you haven’t given one hour , let alone
            six or seven hours, of your time to actually view the testimony of the
            principals involved on the ground in Libya. An Ambassador of the United
            States is murdered along with three other diplomatic and contract U.S.
            Government employees, with mission & annex for arms buyback sacked
            by organized Islamist cowards in a planned attack … and all you can say is “Mistakes were made” … tell that to the families of the men killed. Quite a bit more than just “mistakes” … if you knew the facts presented in sworn testimony you would have a different opinion … although maybe not … you don’t sound very objective.

          • jmprint

            Were you holding Monica’s hand while the BJ was going on that you have the right to make that statement as to when and what Bill was doing?

            Ft Hood just had a veteran kill soldiers and civilians, do we blame Perry or the General in charge?

            I listen to the testimonies on CSPAN. I’m no dummy.

            Bush had been warned about possible attacks with airlines, did he do anything about it? No that’s why 911 was a success for the terrorist. Mistakes were made on Benghazi it’s sad that good men lost their life, but they were aware of the dangers in those countries, when I signed up for the military I new the dangers of war.

            Get over it, you are not going to find any criminal acts, so tell your buddies to stop wasting tax dollars.

        • Sand_Cat

          Why didn’t George Bush? What kind of cretin are you, anyway?

  • Daniel Jones

    It’s Congress.. it doesn’t work, it *does no* work, it actively denies work!

    • toptwome

      The republican House is worthless, incompetent and useless. They don’t deserve to be paid for absolutely doing nothing of worth.

  • Bill

    McCain at one time seemed to be a responsible Senator, now he is just another brain dead GOP Idiot.

  • Bud Friend

    They are just wasting their time. If anyone believes Bengazi will have any impact whatsoever on the 2016 election is kidding themselves.

    There will certainly be issues more important that will effect how a person will vote for something that happened many years ago. ELECTIONS are about what can you do for me now….economy, healthcare, and who knows what else.

    • Sand_Cat

      One would hope that it WOULD have an effect on the elections, i.e., it would wake up a lot of people to what kind of people they’re allowing to “represent” them, but unfortunately, you’re probably right.

  • Elliot J. Stamler

    Poor Lindsey Graham–he thinks this stunt will protect him from the Tea Party fascists in SC who are running a super-fascist in the Republican primary, State Sen. Lee Bright, claiming Lindsey is a RINO, is too “liberal”!!!!! and is a closet homosexual. Lindsey will find out this won’t help him in that he may win but he will never get the support of the Tea Party/Ku Klux Klan wing of his SC Republican party – never.

  • Bambi

    There was no wrong-doing except in the conspiratorial minds (i.e., “their cooking the books on the ACA #’s”) of the GOP congressional extremists who suffer from continual bouts of blood-lust. This is an attempt to discredit Hillary by pandering to their base with lies and unanswerable questions. Shouldn’t the GOP direct their efforts towards being productive for the people? It’s the people who pay their salaries and pensions. It’s the people who place their trust in them. It’s the people who have expectations of progress. So, name one constructive bill or policy the Republicans have introduced as of late to benefit the people. None….because they acting like saboteurs disguised as our representatives, on a witch-hunt of “blame a democrat”……blame the President, Hillary, “free” women, minorities, healthcare, contraceptions, abortion, climate change and condemning the poor, just to gain high ground. It’s the people who suffer.

    • Michael4Tune

      I’ll answer you very simply … Hillary Clinton sent our men to Benghazi to buyback weapons with a $40Million bankroll (should you care to look at the State Department video of Andrew Shapiro on Feb 2, 2012, linked in #Benghazi Synopsis, for proof) in sub-standard rated facilities that were located in an Islamic controlled war zone. The facilities were sacked by Islamic cowards and 4 brave Americans, including our Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed with many more wounded. The Deputy Director of the CIA Mike Morell, who now works for former Hillary Clinton right hand State Department minion Andrew Shapiro, disregarded the facts from on the ground contemporaneous reports and white-washed what really happened in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 so as not to cause any negative reality regarding terrorists and terrorism in the circumference of the Presidential campaign of Barack Obama and future campaign of Hillary Clinton.

      You have a right to your own opinion … but you do not have a right to your own facts. Everything said above is documented or established through Department of State presentations or sworn testimony in any one of many hearings by principals. I’m an independent person who has voted both Democrat and Republican in my days. There is no witch hunt … Hillary Clinton lied over the coffins of Chris Stevens, Ty Woods, Sean Smith & Glen Doherty at the Transfer of Remains Ceremony … that is a fact. If you choose not to study and understand the reality of Benghazi … the miscalculations, the malfeasance, the negligence, the cover-up … then you will get what you deserve. More miscalculation … more malfeasance … more negligence and more covering-up in a very dangerous world with unprepared people in control.

      • Sand_Cat

        You do0n’t have a right to your own “facts,” idiot.