GOP senators press resolution for Benghazi Select Committee

Three Republican senators are introducing a resolution to establish a Select Committee on the attack in Benghazi, Libya, which they say is the only way for the truth about what happened to emerge.

Sens. John McCainJohn McCainSen. McCain goes on hike after cancer diagnosis Sen. Flake's GOP challenger: McCain should resign The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Ariz.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamBusiness pressure ramps up against Trump's Ex-Im nominee Senators who have felt McCain's wrath talk of their respect for him McCain absence adds to GOP agenda’s uncertainty MORE (R-S.C.) and Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteOPINION: Democracy will send ISIS to the same grave as communism Kelly Ayotte joins defense contractor's board of directors Week ahead: Comey firing dominates Washington MORE (R-N.H.) said at a press conference Wednesday that the attack on the U.S. Consulate that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans cut across the jurisdictions of the Armed Services, Intelligence and Foreign Relations committees, and that a Select Committee was necessary to talk to administration officials in all three agencies.

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That included former CIA Director David Petraeus, who has agreed to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee in a closed session on Benghazi.

“I’d like to ask General Petraeus some questions,” Graham said.

McCain said that Petraeus would be a “very important witness for a Select Committee.”

The three senators, who all sit on the Armed Services Committee, first raised the idea of a Select Committee earlier this month, and are officially introducing a resolution for its formation Wednesday.



Graham suggested there was a precedent for establishing such a committee, comparing it to past committees established for Watergate and Iran-Contra.


The senators said that the administration’s own internal examination of the Benghazi incident was not sufficient.

McCain said that “it’s very clear” there will be some resistance to the idea.

“The party in power never likes to have a Select Committee, but I’m hopeful the American people will demand it,” he said.

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidConservative Senate candidate calls on GOP to end filibuster Ex-Reid aide: McConnell's 'original sin' was casting ObamaCare as 'partisan, socialist takeover' GOP faces growing demographic nightmare in West MORE (D-Nev.) said Wednesday he did not support forming a Select Committee, according to reports.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl LevinCarl LevinTrump and GOP wise to keep tax reform and infrastructure separate Former senator investigated man in Trump Jr. meeting for money laundering Dems abuse yet another Senate tradition to block Trump's agenda MORE (D-Mich.) was also cool on the idea, saying he wanted to first see what the committees themselves discovered before deciding if a Select Committee was needed.

In addition to Petraeus, the senators said Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonScaramucci deleting old tweets to avoid 'distraction' Sunday shows preview: Scaramucci makes TV debut as new communication chief OPINION | Dems need a fresh face for 2020: Try Kamala Harris MORE would also be likely witnesses.