Stockman blasts Obama, Clinton stonewalling at Benghazi hearing
WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX 36) issued the following statement Wednesday afternoon:
All Americans owe House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce a deep debt of gratitude for his relentless pursuit for answers regarding the Obama administration’s response to the fatal Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
Congressman Frank Wolf should also be thanked for introducing H. Res. 36 to create a Select Committee with the power and authority to fully investigate the crime and the Obama administration’s handling of the matter.
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher perfectly described the administration’s answers during the hearing as “a wall of deceit and denial.” The continuing stonewalling we have seen from administration personnel at today’s hearing only further prove the need for House leadership to bring Congressman Wolf’s bill to the floor for a full vote.
I introduced a discharge petition, H. Res. 306, to do just that. A discharge petition is a procedural maneuver that, if a majority of the House sign their names, would immediately bring a bill out of its assigned committee and to the floor for a vote.
Until a bipartisan Select Committee with full subpoena authority is created, the Obama administration will continue to stonewall and obstruct. As long as Congress is limited to partial investigations with diminished authority, the Obama administration will continue to cover up fatal errors and possible crimes, denying justice to the victims’ families and leaving open the possibility of future terrorist attacks on Americans overseas.
The effort to block the creation of a Select Committee a typical Washington cover-up. It is all about protecting Hillary Clinton’s political future. The Obama administration and the growing Clinton campaign cannot afford to have their failures exposed.
The investigating board did not even question Secretary Clinton. Not one survivor has been allowed to testify to Congress. Repeated requests for information have been blocked. Two different hearings were canceled after witnesses were confronted and intimidated.
The usual channels of justice have been cut off by a paranoid White House, and congressional leaders are playing along. We have no choice but to file a discharge petition to force a vote of the full Congress on Congressman Frank Wolf’s bill creating a Select Committee with full subpoena power. The survivors and the victims’ families deserve answers, and all Americans overseas deserve to know why their Commander-in-Chief left men to die at the hands of terrorists and why administration personnel seem to have been ordered to protect the Democrat hold on the White House.
If members of Congress will not seek answers, voters will replace them with those who will.