Benghazi Committee Head Is Democrats’ Worst Nightmare

Trey GowdyIn the wake of the release of White House e-mails that revealed the official story of what happened in Benghazi in 2012 was false, House Speaker John Boehner announced Monday he has appointed Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina) to head a select committee to investigate the Benghazi incident.

The speaker said in a statement: “With four of our countrymen killed at the hands of terrorists, the American people want answers, accountability and justice. Trey Gowdy is as dogged, focused and serious-minded as they come. His background as a federal prosecutor and his zeal for the truth make him the ideal person to lead this panel. I know he shares my commitment to get to the bottom of this tragedy and will not tolerate any stonewalling from the Obama Administration.

“I plan to ensure he and his committee have the strongest authority possible to root out all the facts. This is a big job, but Rep. Gowdy has the confidence of this conference, and I know his professionalism and grit will earn him the respect of the American people,” said Boehner.

Rep. Gowdy said in a released statement: “Twenty months after the Benghazi attacks, there remain unresolved questions about why the security was inadequate, our response during the siege itself, and our government’s interaction with the public after the attack. All of those lines of inquiry are legitimate and should be apolitical. Facts are neither red nor blue.

“Four of our fellow citizens were murdered, and a facility emblematic and representative of our country was attacked and burned on the anniversary of 9-11. Our fellow citizens are full well capable of processing the truth about the attacks and aftermath, and most assuredly entitled to hear it.”

Also in response to the ‘smoking gun’ e-mails, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) announced last week that he had subpoenaed Secretary of State John Kerry to testify on the attacks before Congress.

Given the Obama Administration’s history of disregard for the law and the Constitution, it’s doubtful that any government official will be held accountable or brought to justice. However, this is a rare instance where Speaker Boehner should be given credit for doing the right thing.