Bozell: Rep. Gowdy’s Job Was ‘To Get To The Truth’ About Benghazi -- ‘He Punted’

Michael W. Chapman | June 28, 2016 | 4:52pm EDT
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MRC President Brent Bozell. (MRC)

( -- In reaction to the report released today by the House Select Committee on Benghazi, which was investigating the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, where four Americans were murdered, Media Research Center President Brent Bozell said it was the committee chairman’s job “to get to the truth, and he punted.”

The committee chairman is Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), and the select committee was established by Congress in May 2014. Over the last two years, the committee has spent an estimated $7.1 million investigating the Benghazi attack and the administration’s actions concerning that event.

“I am stunned by the GOP’s unwillingness to accomplish anything in Congress, which now extends to resolving investigations,” said MRC President Bozell in a June 28 statement.  “Trey Gowdy’s continued admonition that it’s up to the American people to reach their own conclusions about Benghazi is an obfuscation.”

“It was up to him to get to the truth, and he punted,” said Bozell.

“Just as with the IRS investigation, the Republicans lacked the fortitude to confront those responsible,” he continued.  “Who denied the multiple requests for additional security for the compound? No answer. Who is being held responsible for the deaths of these men? No answer.”

Should the Commander-in-Chief be held responsible for the multiple failures of the military?” said Bozell. “Should the Secretary of State be held responsible for the disastrous consequences of State Department decisions? Not according to this report.”

“They wouldn’t even state that Hillary Clinton lied about the video though her own emails, read by committee members, prove she had!” he said.

“But they did blame a ‘rustic bureaucratic process,’” said Bozell, quoting from the report. “It doesn’t get more Washington than that. Everyone involved in this charade disgraced himself.”

(Screenshot: Fox News Channel) 

Radical Islamic terrorists attacked the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012. In the process, they set the facility on fire and killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith. At a nearby compound, Islamists attacked and killed CIA contractors Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty.

The next day, Sept. 12, and for weeks thereafter, the White House and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton blamed an anti-Muslim YouTube video as the inspiration for the attacks. Contemporaneous documents revealed that was not true.

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