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Cantor and Benghazi Indicate a Larger Problem in the House GOP

RINOs Give Up on Benghazi

Yesterday, our friends at Judicial Watch revealed that on April 18, 2014, the organization obtained 41 new Benghazi-related State Department documents. They include a newly declassified email showing then-White House Deputy Strategic Communications Adviser Ben Rhodes and other Obama administration public relations officials attempting to orchestrate a campaign to “reinforce” President Obama and to portray the Benghazi consulate terrorist attack as being “rooted in an Internet video, and not a failure of policy.”  Other documents show that State Department officials initially described the incident as an “attack” and a possible kidnap attempt.

After reviewing the information in the State Department document release Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said, “Now we know the Obama White House’s chief concern about the Benghazi attack was making sure that President Obama looked good… And these documents undermine the Obama administration’s narrative that it thought the Benghazi attack had something to do with protests or an Internet video. Given the explosive material in these documents, it is no surprise that we had to go to federal court to pry them loose from the Obama State Department.” (You can get more on the emails through a link to Judicial Watch at the end of this article.)

In response to the Judicial Watch revelations House Majority Leader Eric Cantor issued a statement saying in part, "For nearly two years, Congress and the American people have sought answers to important questions surrounding the attack on our mission in Benghazi. For nearly two years the White House has sought to avoid answering those questions. Now we know why it required a court order to finally force the White House to respond to those inquiries. The email from Ben Rhodes demonstrates the Obama Administration from the beginning misled Congress, the media and most importantly, the American people.”

You would think from the tone of Cantor’s statement that House Republicans, acting in their oversight capacity, were the ones who obtained the court order forcing the Obama Administration to disgorge the embarrassing documents, but such is not the case.

With something like five committees looking into the Benghazi attack and what is now demonstrably a White House cover up of how it happened, congressional investigators have gone in circles and been regularly stonewalled by the Obama Administration. It took a private watchdog group – Judicial Watch – to get documents that were previously withheld from Congress.

Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf, who has tirelessly birddogged the Obama White House and State Department on Benghazi took the Judicial Watch revelations as an opportunity to write a letter to remind Speaker Boehner that the way to get to the bottom of the Benghazi fiasco is the appointment of a Select Committee, a strategy already supported by the vast majority of the House Republican Conference. 

“Nineteen months have passed while we have waited for ‘regular order’ to produce meaningful results in this investigation. Instead, today, we still have more questions than answers. We have outside watchdog groups accessing vital information involving the death of an American ambassador at the same time that a congressional committee, constitutionally charged with oversight, is given access to this same information. More than 185 Republicans – around 80 percent of the Republican Conference – have indicated their support for a Select Committee by cosponsoring H. Res. 36. Our conference has overwhelmingly spoken and their message is clear: A Select Committee is the only way to satisfactorily complete this investigation and conclusively determine the extent to which this administration sought to willfully mislead the American people in the weeks leading up to the presidential election, “ Wolf wrote.

What was House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s response to Wolf’s request to move H. Res. 36?

His staff referred inquiries to a Fox News article about a “working group” rank and file House members set up to keep the House “leadership” informed about the developments in the various Benghazi investigations.

Translation – the House Republican “leadership” is not going to do anything to get to the bottom of the Clinton and Obama Benghazi lies and cover up. So, those who care about what happened in Benghazi and see it as part of a larger failure of our policy toward radical Islam should look at Eric Cantor’s statement on Benghazi and find no reassurance there.

One might be inclined to think that Cantor’s failure to move H. Res. 36 to get to the bottom of the outrage in Benghazi is because House Republican leaders have their hands full fighting Obama on spending, Obamacare and the Keystone pipeline, Attorney General Eric Holder’s many failures to carry out his constitutional duties, Obama’s nullification of our immigration laws, the national security threat of Iran’s nuclear weapons program, China’s growing military prowess and expansionism and why America’s economy is stagnant with some one in five households having no one employed; except the House GOP is doing none of that.

To us this is bigger than Benghazi. Cantor’s lack of action on H. Res. 36 is symptomatic of a House Republican “leadership” that is so spineless it is incapable of taking on even the most obvious oversight investigation of President Obama’s administration and bringing it to closure.

Go here for more on the Judicial Watch documents.

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