Allen West Leads Efforts for New House Committee to Investigate Benghazi Attacks

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: July 23, 2013 3:55 AM
Allen West and John Boehner

West/Boehner photo credit: Gage Skidmore

Having left the door open to a political comeback in 2016, former Congressman Allen West will be launching a national petition drive to demand the creation of a House Select Committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks.

West will be speaking at the Capitol steps in Washington at a media event on Tuesday in support of legislation from U.S. Rep. Frank Wolfe, R-Va., to create a committee examining the Benghazi attacks on Sept.11, 2012, in which four Americans, including Chris Stevens, the ambassador to Libya, were killed.

Republican leadership in the House, including Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, believes the matter can be investigated by other committees. Boehner has repeatedly opposed the creation of a new committee and, last year, assigned five standing House committees -- Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, Judiciary and Oversight -- to examine the matter. The committees provided an interim report to Boehner in April.

“We are determined to get to the truth regarding the terrorist attack on our mission in Benghazi, Libya, in which four Americans lost their lives,” Boehner said after receiving the interim report.

The speaker insisted the interim report did not end the matter. “Last year, I directed five committees to look at various parts of this investigation,” Boehner said. “This is a matter of national security and national importance, and our investigation will in fact continue.”

In the meantime, Boehner has relied on the Oversight Committee, led by U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., to lead the investigations. At the end of June, Issa issued four subpoenas to State Department officials to talk about the Obama administration’s response to the Benghazi attacks.

That’s not enough for West, who will be calling for a new committee on Tuesday. The event will feature a large petition demanding a full investigation by a new committee which has already been signed by 1,000 veterans. There will be efforts to bring similiar petitions to every congressional district in the nation. In the meantime, U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, is trying to get a discharge petition signed to get the bill heard on the floor but he needs the support of 218 congressmen before that can happen.

West, a favorite of the tea party movement despite losing his seat to Democrat Patrick Murphy, has been vocal in recent weeks in calling for a full investigation. Back in May, West called for creating a select committee to investigate the Benghazi attack.

“As a former member of Congress who also served in uniform, I know how important it is that we learn the truth about why military support was never sent to the Americans under fire at the U.S. annex in Benghazi last September," West said. “We owe it to the families of the four victims and the survivors -- some of whom sustained serious injuries and were still at Walter Reed hospital months after the attack -- to fully investigate this terrorist attack and the Obama administration's questionable response in the days and weeks that followed.”

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Comments (9)

4:08PM JUL 23RD 2013
Go Allen West! He is a true patriot. I trust Allen West more than any of the politicians in Washington. If anyone can get to the bottom of this, West can. We left 4 men behind, and West wants to know why . . .and so do I .
1:11PM JUL 24TH 2013
Yes, we'll just let him hold whatever Congressional investigations he's currently entitled to hold . . . . . and just like him . . . . that's a big ZERO . . . .

Pathetic . . .
erik brown
12:18PM JUL 23RD 2013
Look up the definition of Fascist then look up West quotes.
he clearly believes in a one party system. (Fascism)
Has a fascination with Nazi party referring to Goebbels (A fascist)
References to the gene pool Nazi thinking
I am a democrat but occasionally vote republican when my candidate is crazy.
what kind of insane person would support or vote for a person with these views?????
He is clearly unAmerican
12:16PM JUL 23RD 2013
Allan West is apparently delusional. He is no longer in Congress and that is the least of the problems with his fulminations.
8:45AM JUL 23RD 2013
Allen West leads nothing . . . . he's incapable of winning a statewide or national election . . . couldn't even pull off a win in a gerrymandered, Republican majority district . . . .

And here he is again, ignoring the top military chain of command opinions about reality to interject his own truthiness . . .

Pathetic . . . .
8:16AM JUL 23RD 2013
Another politician doing political muckraking. I have a friend in Benghazi, and even he was not sure at the time. The whole truth will never come out thanx to cia, not obama. There is a story there, but for it to become political distorts the truth
Jackie Grant
7:47AM JUL 23RD 2013
That you Allen West for pushing to get the answers of why the Obama Administration allowed 4 Americans to die then require the survivors to sign a non-disclosure statement. WHAT ARE THEY HIDING???
7:09AM JUL 23RD 2013
west is just attempting to do something he never could before, be relevant !!!!
6:53AM JUL 23RD 2013
I was sure SSN had accidently sent out an old headline this morning. The comeback might be better served if West actually focused on the issues that impact ordinary Americans - not his patrons who need anti-Hillary red-herrings tossed before 2016.

Mr West would be served to let sleeping dogs lie. Speculation abounds CIA was in the middle of this mess and doesn't want anymore investigations into Benghazi. What CIA wants, CIA gets.

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