23 January 2013

Libya: Wolf Takes to House Floor to Call for House Select Committee to Investigate Terrorist Attack in Benghazi

The Senate Intelligence Committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attack says that day was "likely preventable" ( Resource: New Benghazi Revelations In Senate Report )

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Washington, D.C. (January 23, 2013) — Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) today delivered an in-depth speech on the House floor reiterating the need for a House select committee to investigate the terrorist attack in Benghazi and powerfully indicting the Obama Administration's policies in North Africa.

Wolf stressed that in the nearly five months since the attack, the Congress and the American people are no closer to understanding what caused the attack or bringing the terrorists responsible to justice.

Wolf also noted that the New York Times today reported that "several Egyptian members of the squad of militants that lay bloody siege to an Algerian gas complex last week also took part in the deadly attack on the United States Mission in Libya in September."

Last month, Wolf called for the State Department to cut off all funding to Tunisia, the country where the main suspect in the attack, Ali Harzi, was being held. Wolf's call came on the heels of the Tunisian government blocking the FBI from interviewing Harzi, thereby seriously hampering the investigation and undermining U.S. national security. In response, USAID wrote that Tunisian officials were cooperating fully with State Department officials. Just weeks later, Harzi was unexpectedly released from custody.

"Today, I again wrote USAID, expressing my disappointment that the administrator himself could not respond directly to a Member of Congress who serves on the committee of jurisdiction," Wolf said during his speech. "And further, pointing out what should be obvious--the Tunisian government did not cooperate. The Tunisian government never seriously thought the aid, precious taxpayer money, was in jeopardy. The Tunisian government has not faced a single consequence for undermining U.S.  national security."

Last week, Wolf reintroduced his legislation to create a House select committee on Benghazi, H. Res. 36, which has the support of 20 original cosponsors, the Heritage Foundation, former Senator Fred Thompson, the counsel on the Watergate Select Committee, former Ambassador John Bolton and Gen. Jerry Boykin, a former special operations officer and CIA operative who is widely respected in the intelligence community.

Click here to read the full text of Wolf's speech.

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