Roby named to select committee to investigate Benghazi attack

Published 05/09 2014 03:47PM

Updated 05/09 2014 03:50PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) today commented via video upon being named to the Select Committee to investigate the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.

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On Thursday, the House passed legislation establishing the House Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) subsequently named Rep. Roby as one of 12 House Members to serve on the panel. Also appointed to the Select Committee Representatives are Trey Gowdy (Chairman, R-SC), Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Peter Roskam (R-IL), Mike Pompeo (R-KS), and Susan Brooks (R-IN). Democratic Representatives on the Select Committee have not yet been named by Minority leadership.

The following is a full transcript of Rep. Roby's comments in the video statement:

This week the House voted to form a Select Committee to investigate the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans, including our Ambassador. This is not a decision we took lightly. The Benghazi attack was a terrible tragedy, and we still mourn the four Americans that were brutally murdered that day.

However, the Administration’s explanation for exactly what happened that day and why has been far from clear - both in the immediate aftermath and months later. Recently we learned the White House withheld important Benghazi documents from investigators.

Such a lack of transparency is unacceptable. It is the duty of Congress to seek answers on the activities of the government on behalf of the American people. Lingering questions about the Benghazi attack and continued White House obstruction compel us to form this Select Committee and continue the search for truth.

Speaker Boehner has asked me to serve on the Select Committee, a significant and solemn responsibility which I accepted. I am committed to working with Chairman Trey Gowdy and my colleagues on the Select Committee to conduct a thorough, judicious and unbiased pursuit of facts.

Benghazi is a familiar subject for me. During my time as chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, I led the inquiry into military activities surrounding the attack. Our jurisdiction was limited to the Department of Defense, but there are many more layers to the Benghazi story, including our intelligence community, the State Department, and, of course, the White House. A select committee with broader jurisdiction will better connect these dots and provide a clearer picture.

As can be the case in Washington, tension over the Benghazi attacks has at times become a political issus on both sides. As Chairman Gowdy said, politics will have no place in this process. Facts aren’t Republican or Democratic. Facts are stubbornly impartial, and I’m committed to pursuing the facts wherever they lead.

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