June 28, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement today on the release of the investigative report by the House Select Committee on Benghazi:

 “I commend Chairman Gowdy and the Members and staff of the Select Committee for putting forth a serious, thorough, fact-centered report with new information that casts new light on the events immediately before, during and after the tragedy in Benghazi that claimed the lives of four Americans.  I urge all Americans to read the Select Committee’s report and consider its contents in a manner that reflects the seriousness of the subject matter and the rights of the families of the fallen. 

 “Without the work of the Select Committee and its Members and staff, culminating in this important report, the American people would have been denied the truth about the circumstances surrounding the deaths of four of our countrymen and the courageous efforts of so many others who were on the ground that night.  Thanks to Chairman Gowdy and his members and staff, the American people now have the facts to make their own informed judgements, via an investigation that has honored the fallen and the cause for which they gave their lives.”

NOTE: On May 8, 2014, then-Speaker Boehner asked House Members to create a select committee to investigate the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya that claimed the lives of four Americans.  The creation of the select committee had become necessary after revelations that the White House had attempted to conceal information from investigations being conducted by the standing committees of the House, and had defied congressional subpoenas issued in those investigations.  “This doesn’t need to be, shouldn’t be, and will not be a partisan process,” Boehner said at the time.  “Four Americans died at the hands of terrorists in a well-coordinated assault.  And we will not take any shortcuts to the truth, accountability, or justice.”

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