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House Select Committee on Benghazi Still Investigating (Updated with Video)

House Select Committee on Benghazi Still Investigating (Updated with Video)

We won’t let this issue die

Today, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Joel Rubin is testifying before the House Select Committee on Benghazi about the slow-going process of providing the Commmittee with over 40,000 additional pages of documents regarding the before, during, and after of the Benghazi attacks in October of 2012.

Well, he’s trying.

In between bits of testimony, Democrats on the Committee have made it perfectly clear that they have reservations about participating in a Committee tasked with continuing the investigation into what the State Department did or did not know about events surrounding the murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens, and three other Americans.

I understand the need for a bipartisan work product to come out of this Committee. If no Democrats sign on to the final report, it will be far too easy for the State Department, the White House, and the media to lampoon the thing as a partisan hack job. But from what Committee members are saying, it’s pretty clear that documents are trickling from the agencies to the Committee, and Republican members are losing patience.

Is the narrative evolving? Is the State Department’s unwillingness to admit its own mistakes (or even honest missteps?) giving rise to a new scandal rooted in a resistance to transparency?

Answering that question could be Chairman Trey Gowdy’s (R-SC) new, greatest challenge.

Update: You can watch the full hearing, and read the transcript, here, via C-SPAN.

You can also watch Chairman Gowdy lay into the State Department’s deputy here:


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I really despise Elijah Cummings.

Wrong caption. Should be “I’ll leave no man’s behind.”

Two years and counting, and we still don’t know the real story. Oh, we know that the White House and its stooges lied about the causes and the significance of the date and some other details, but we still don’t know what we should.

And the presumptive Democratic party candidate for POTUS is on record as saying, “What difference, at this point, does it make? … But you know, to be clear, it is, from my perspective, less important today looking backwards as to why these militants decided they did it than to find them and bring them to justice, and then maybe we’ll figure out what was going on in the meantime.”

At least we now know how she’d react to that famous 3:00AM phone call!