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Benghazi Select Committee Coming Together

        The House of Representatives will vote on having a select committee convene about the Benghazi attack this week. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) named Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), a former federal prosecutor, to head the select committee. Here's what you need to know about this committee and why Benghazi is in the news again: 
  • On April 29, 2014, Judicial Watch released documents given to the organization through a Freedom of Information Act request dating from last year. The released document package from the State Department is 112 pages long and can be accessed here.  
  • One email from Ben Rhodes, who is President Obama's Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, is considered particularly interesting as it details goals and "Top-lines" for Susan Rice, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, to use on the Sunday morning talk shows after the 9/11 Benghazi attack. It can be found on page 14 of the document package.
  • There have been several separate investigations on the Benghazi attack, but not since the documents Judicial Watch obtained were released. The House will vote on a resolution establishing a select committee to investigate this attack hopefully by the end of the week. 
  • Rep. Gowdy told Greta Van Susteren that the select committee will address three central questions: why the security around the consulate in Benghazi was low, why more aid wasn't provided during the attack, and why the government can't be trusted to answer questions about the attack since it happened. See his appearance on On the Record: 
    Uncovering the Truth of Benghazi Scandal with Trey Gowdy
    Uncovering the Truth of Benghazi Scandal with Trey Gowdy

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