House GOP leader says oversight investigation into Benghazi attack ‘ongoing’

House GOP leader says oversight investigation into Benghazi attack ‘ongoing’

mcmorris rodgers2Americans want answers on Benghazi, and apparently, so does Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the fourth-highest ranking GOP House leader, who said Monday in an email that oversight investigations into last year’s terror attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi are ongoing.

“This week we memorialize the four brave Americans who tragically lost their lives at the American Embassy in Benghazi last year. As we pay homage to their legacy, we are emboldened in our search for answers,” she said. “Our oversight investigation in the House is still ongoing.”

“I remain more committed than ever to provide answers about what happened in Benghazi and to hold the President accountable to the American people. Four brave Americans lost their lives in this attack, and we will continue our search for answers until we determine who was responsible,” she added.

On Sunday, The Hill reported the attack that ended with the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans is making it “more difficult” for President Obama to garner support for a military strike in Syria.

For some, the issue is the president’s credibility, while others say the proposed action is nothing more than a “wag the dog” effort to deflect from scandals like Benghazi and the IRS – scandals the administration has dismissed as “phony.”

“I can’t discuss the possibility of the U.S. involvement in Syria’s civil war without also talking about Benghazi,” Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., told Secretary of State John Kerry. “The administration has a serious credibility issue with the American people due to the unanswered questions surrounding the terrorist attack in Benghazi almost a year ago.”

Rep. Joe Wilson, the South Carolina Republican who famously said “You lie” to Obama during a 2009 joint session of Congress, said the debate on Syria is simply an effort to deflect from scandals that plague the administration.

“The White House announced April 25th Syria had chemical weapons,” he said. “But only after four months of serious scandals, Obamacare-destroying jobs, and the upcoming debt debate vote did it seek action.”

“For the first time,” The Hill said, “the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attack will also be marked by people who want the nation to remember Benghazi.”

Special Operations Speaks, a group of special forces veterans, plans to lobby Congress next week to vote against attacking Syria. The group also wants public answers on Benghazi before any consideration of action in Syria.

“It’ll help us determine all the players in this [Syria] conflict,” said political director Larry Ward. “We need a clear picture.”

Duncan agrees.

“The American people deserve answers about Benghazi before we move forward with military involvement in Syria’s civil war,” he said.

As of Monday, The Hill listed McMorris Rodgers as “undecided” on military action against Syria, along with 20 other Republicans and 72 Democrats. The Washington Republican is also seen as a key vote in the effort to defund Obamacare.

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