Boehner: Obama Administration Was 'Not Going to be Honest With Us'

By Susan Jones | May 12, 2014 | 5:39 AM EDT

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaking on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo, File)

( - House Speaker John Boehner says he decided to appoint a select committee to investigate the events surrounding the terror attack in Benghazi after realizing the Obama administration was "not going to be honest with us."

"We've had four committees working on this for the last 20 months, and they have done a very good job," Boehner told Fox News's Maria Bartiromo on Sunday. "But last week there were two lines that were crossed.

"One is when it became clear that the White House was more engaged in how this was going to be described than they had previously admitted to. And secondly there were some documents that were turned over to Judicial Watch as a result of a FOIA request that had not been turned over via a subpoena that the Congress had issued to the administration.

"Two serious mistakes, in my view, that where they told me they're not going to be honest with us and it was time to bring all of these investigations into one place."

Boehner said he expect the select committee to follow the facts:

"I think there are probably three areas that the committee will look at: The events leading up to 9/11, 2012, the requests -- the number of requests for more security and why it was not provided.

"Then obviously the events of the night of September 11, 2012, what happened, why there was no response.

"And then thirdly, why did the White House describe this in a way I believe they knew was false?"

Bartiromo asked Boehner if he thinks the White House talking points on Benghazi actually changed the outcome of the election:

"We will never know that," Boehner replied. "But the American people deserve the truth. Our entire system of government is built on transparency and accountability.

"And without that, we're giving power to the administration and taking power away from the American people. The truth is important for this case so that we do not ever get into a situation like this again. There are a lot of lessons to be learned here.

"And that will be one of the charges from me to the committee, to make sure that the lessons that are learned here guide us so that we don't have a situation like this again."