Skip to comments.Leadership Aide: Boehner 'Seriously Considering' Select Committee on Benghazi
Posted on 05/02/2014 7:43:47 AM PDT by dontreadthis
House Speaker John Boehner is seriously considering appointing a select committee to investigate the attacks on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, according to a senior GOP leadership aide. The move comes after the revelation of an email from a top Obama national security official, Ben Rhodes, instructing Susan Rice to focus on an anti-Muslim internet video to explain the attacks.
boehner, john The new emails this week were the straw that broke the camels back, says the aide. The Speaker was furious to learn that the admininstration withheld relevant documents from a congressional subpoena. Hes sick and tired of this evasion and obstruction from the administration, and wants a solution to finally force accountability, get to the truth, and provide justice.
Boehner, who has paid careful attention to the Benghazi developments since the attacks, has resisted calls to appoint a select committee, preferring to allow the various committees of jurisdiction to pursue investigations of their slices of the attacks on their own. Aides say Boehner continues to believe that the work of those committees has been valuable. The current committees investigating the attack have done good work, using their authority, including subpoena authority, to gather facts, interview hundreds of witnesses, and conduct dozens of hearings. But this weeks events demonstrate a new level of stonewalling and obfuscation by the administration that requires a new level of investigation.
So has Lois Lerner been arrested yet?
Boner is a waste of time and space.
what is taking so long?
He should do America a favor and “seriously consider” resigning.
Bone head is seriously considering.....
That means he has to consult with odumbo first.
Perhaps doctors implanted a spine.
If I do not see Obama frogmarched out of the Whitehouse, and shipped to the Hague to face international War Crimes, my life will be incomplete.
He sounds a little more miffed than usual. Let’s see what Boehner does with this.
Yeah, `ponder’ it for a few more weeks, you worthless, weepy sack-o’-shite.
Oh Great! Another committee! /s
Senior GOP leadership aide = first guy in the circle jerk.
I’m sure this is a trial balloon signaling Boehner needs his marching orders from campaign donors and the MSM.
C'mon, John! You know you won't do a damn thing! Oh, did I hurt your feelings...again?!!
Boehner is seriously considering how to form a select committee that won’t investigate the Syrian gun running and who all knew about it.
Boner must have gone on the wagon and his last two working brain cells connected up. If he goes thru with it I will send him ten bucks. Impeachment and mass criminal arrests would have to follow if he can get someone like Schippers to investigate. Hope I spelled Schippers name right, investigated Clinton.
If he does anything with it, Ubama will be going the way of Nixon, therefore he won’t do anything with it.
He’ll stir up the mud a little, then move on and forget all about it.
Why has Boehner and Issa not gotten the information that Judicial Watch did?
Do they not want the truth to get out?
“The details of the exact structure of the special committee are still under discussion, but a source tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD that Rep. Trey Gowdy, a lawmaker with a reputation for tough questioning of administration witnesses, is under consideration to chair it. Gowdy has participated in meetings of an ad hoc committee of House members from various committees of jurisdiction who have met informally to compare notes and shape strategy on the Benghazi investigations.”
Why? Like Mark Levin said. At this point what would a select committee find out this late in the game that we don’t already know?
He does not have the testicular fortitude. Though it would only be theater anyway.
Who does he have to get approval from? Is he too stupid to keep up with what is going on in the world? Maybe some of his aides could read FR everyday and report back to him. Jeez.....
Yep. Nobody in the GOPe is going to put an end to the huge bipartisan bacchanalia that’s been going on in DC since W brought the “new tone” to Washington.
Its primary season.
The Uniparty is too transparent.
The man is an utter idiot. That would accomplish NOTHING..
I am sure McInsane did that with the expectation he would be on it.
Just so he can make sure Hillary, Linday and he are covered in their role in the gun running to Egypt...
“Yesterday, in the Senate, McCain demanded a “bipartisan, bicameral, select committee..”
The man is an utter idiot. That would accomplish NOTHING.. “
Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham were vocal critics of the administrations messaging after the Benghazi attacks, but on Friday, they issued a laudatory statement about Victoria Nuland
Spouse: Robert Kagan
Robert Kagan is an adviser to Senator John McCain and his idea that the United States should continue to take a strong, and possibly a confrontational, role in world affairs accords with McCains own views.
Kagans brother Frederick was instrumental in persuading President Bush to reinforce US forces in Iraq with last years surge, against the advice of the Iraq Study Group of wise men at the time. The surge was and is a policy supported by John McCain and one of the reasons for his political success.
Obama taps Victoria Nuland for assistant secretary
Friday, May 24, 201
Following the announcement, Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which is tasked with confirming her nomination, remained mum on her nomination, though a committee source speaking to The Cable said there is very little chance the nomination wont trigger a fight.
Nuland, however, is something of an awkward target for Republicans. From 2003 to 2005, she served as principal deputy national security advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney. Her husband is prominent neoconservative writer Robert Kagan, co-founder of the Project for the New American Century and an advisor to Mitt Romneys failed presidential bid.
Syria crisis: Where key countries stand
It was Prince Bandars intelligence agency that first alerted Western allies to the alleged use of sarin gas by the Syrian regime in February.
While a trip earlier this month to the Kremlin to try to cajole President Vladimir Putin into withdrawing his support for President Assad reportedly failed, Prince Bandar automatically has greater leverage in Western capitals, not least because of friendships forged during his time in Washington. His most recent travels, rarely advertised, have taken him to both London and Paris for discussions with senior officials.
As ambassador, Prince Bandar left an imprint that still has not quite faded. His voice was one of the loudest urging the United States to invade Iraq in 2003. In the 1980s, Prince Bandar became mired in the Iran-Contra scandal in Nicaragua.
Months of applying pressure on the White House and Congress over Syria have slowly born fruit. The CIA is believed to have been working with Prince Bandar directly since last year in training rebels at base in Jordan close to the Syrian border.
The Saudis are indispensable partners on Syria and have considerable influence on American thinking, a senior US official told The Wall Street Journal yesterday. He added: No one wants to do anything alone.
The Saudi ambassador, Mr. Jubeir, has long been courting members of Congress who could pressure the administration to get more involved in Syria. He found early support from Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
Mr. Petraeus in mid-2012 won White House approval to provide intelligence and limited training to Syrian rebels at the base, including in the use of arms provided by others. Saudi and Jordanian agents began vetting the fighters to be trained, said Arab diplomats and a former U.S. military official.
Prince Bandar has largely stayed out of Washington but held meetings with U.S. officials in the region. One was in September 2012. Sens. McCain and Graham, who were in Istanbul, met him in an opulent hotel suite on the banks of the Bosporus.
Mr. McCain said he made the case to Prince Bandar that the rebels werent getting the kinds of weapons they needed, and the prince, in turn, described the kingdoms plans. The senator said that in succeeding months he saw a dramatic increase in Saudi involvement, hands-on, by Bandar.
That winter, the Saudis also started trying to convince Western governments that Mr. Assad had crossed what President Barack Obama a year ago called a red line: the use of chemical weapons. Arab diplomats say Saudi agents flew an injured Syrian to Britain, where tests showed sarin gas exposure. Prince Bandars spy service, which concluded in February that Mr. Assad was using chemical weapons, relayed evidence to the U.S., which reached a similar conclusion four months later. The Assad regime denies using such weapons.
After Mr. Petraeuss November resignation over an affair, his job was handled by his deputy, Michael Morell, who privately voiced skepticism the agency could make sure any arms supplied by the U.S. wouldnt end up with hard-line Islamists, said congressional officials.
Ultimately, the new CIA chief was John Brennan, whose closest Saudi confidant when he was White House counterterrorism adviser was also focused on the risk of inadvertently strengthening al Qaeda. Since moving to the CIA, Mr. Brennan has been in periodic contact by phone with Prince Bandar, officials said.
In an interview with radio host Laura Ingraham in January 2013, Boehner was asked about reported weapons transfers raised by Sen. Rand Paul during questioning of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Benghazi. The speaker responded: Im somewhat familiar with the chatter about this and the fact that these arms were moving towards Turkey, but most of what I know about this came from a classified source, and really cant elaborate on it.
Fox News asked the speakers office to clarify his comments to Ingraham, in light of the Benghazi relatives letter, specifically whether Boehner was briefed on the covert operations in Libya, and if those briefings covered weapons transfers.
Boehners spokesman emphasized that no one has been more dedicated to laying out the facts about Benghazi, adding: The Speaker does not ever discuss classified information in public. In this case, he simply said he was aware of the rumors that were circulating publicly.
During her January testimony on Benghazi, Paul pressed Clinton on the weapons issue, referring to reports that weapons from Libya were moving to the Syrian opposition via Turkey. Is the U. S. involved with any procuring of weapons, transfer of weapons, buying, selling, anyhow transferring weapons to Turkey out of Libya?
To Turkey? Clinton asked. I will have to take that question for the record. Nobody has ever raised that with me.
Its been in news reports that ships have been leaving from Libya and that may have weapons, Paul continued.
And what Id like to know is the annex that was close by, were they involved with procuring, buying, selling, obtaining weapons, and were any of these weapons being transferred to other countries, any countries, Turkey included?
Clinton replied: Well, senator, youll have to direct that question to the agency [CIA] that ran the annex. I will see what information is available.
Youre saying you dont know? asked Paul.
I do not know, Clinton said. I dont have any information on that.
UPDATE: Other news organizations confirm the report below that House speaker John Boehner will announce the formation of a select committee on Benghazi, led by Rep. Trey Gowdy.
We might just get to the truth - TREASON!
Boehner is up to his neck in the cover up.
He and all the leadership knew obammy was using the depot to illegally funnel weapons to Syrian rebels who also were bad guys.
Welcome to the party, mr helper. BTW, the party I am referencing does not include liquor.....
If this ever happens, I expect someone of the Clinton machine to be appointed.
>>UPDATE: Other news organizations confirm the report below that House speaker John Boehner will announce the formation of a select committee on Benghazi, led by Rep. Trey Gowdy.
Led by FUTURE Speaker Trey Gowdy.
He is not trying to uncover the truth about anything from Benghazi to the IRS or the massive voter fraud. He is trying to save his position as House leader so he can get amnesty passed so he can collect millions in bribe money for himself and his sons.
Awesome, as always, maggie..thanks..