Representative Darrell Issa announced on Wednesday that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which he chairs, will resume hearings in May that will focus on information that has been turned over to them by whistle blowers of the Obama administration on the attacks that took place in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012.
“Next month, the Oversight Committee will convene a hearing on the Benghazi terrorist attacks to examine evidence that Obama Administration officials have attempted to suppress information about errors and reckless misjudgments,” said Chairman Issa. “The American people still don’t have the full truth about what happened both before and after the murders of four brave Americans.
“Our hearing will examine new facts about what happened and significant problems with the administration’s own review of Benghazi failures,” he continued. “While President Obama and his administration may be inclined to give free passes to senior officials who bungled their responsibilities, this committee will expose what they did and hold them accountable to the public. Getting the full story is critical to ensuring that this does not happen again.”
Issa’s comments come just one day after a joint committee report was released by five investigating House committees.
The date the next hearing into Benghazi has yet to be determined, but preparation is already being made to protect whistleblowers who could face possible retaliation from the Obama administration. Issa put CIA and other government agencies on notice that they would be calling these whistleblowers to testify and they would need lawyers and that those lawyers would need special clearance to handle the material they would be given, as well as be a safeguard against any intimidation against these witnesses.
It was October 10, 2012 that Issa’s committee held the first hearing into the Benghazi attacks that exposed administration officials denying security requests from diplomats serving in Libya as well as pre-attack State Department knowledge of terrorist operations in Benghazi. The hearing was credited with forcing the State Department to acknowledge that there was never a protest as U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice had asserted.
Tim Brown is the Editor of Freedom Outpost and a regular contributor to The D.C. Clothesline.