Senate GOP presses Reid to launch Benghazi special panel

Thirty-seven Republican senators have written a letter pressing Senate Majority Harry ReidHarry ReidThis obscure Senate rule could let VP Mike Pence fully repeal ObamaCare once and for all Sharron Angle to challenge GOP rep in Nevada Fox's Watters asks Trump whom he would fire: Baldwin, Schumer or Zucker MORE (D-Nev.) to create a select Senate committee to probe the 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi.

Republicans led by Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamGOP senators pitch alternatives after House pulls ObamaCare repeal bill McCain says he hasn't met with Trump since inauguration Under pressure, Dems hold back Gorsuch support MORE (R-S.C.) say Reid should reconsider his decision not to establish a special investigative committee as Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerTrump, GOP fumble chance to govern ObamaCare gets new lease on life Ryan picks party over country by pushing healthcare bill MORE (R-Ohio) has authorized in the House.

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“Congressional oversight is crucial to understanding what happened before, during, and after the attacks, so we can be sure we do everything in our power to prevent future attacks,” the lawmakers wrote.

The Senate Intelligence Committee released a report on Benghazi in January, and Reid has said he does not plan to authorize a special committee to further review the matter.

Republicans argue the intelligence panel’s report was constrained by its limited jurisdictional authority.

“Unfortunately, congressional oversight committee action has been largely confined to jurisdictional bounds,” the GOP lawmakers wrote. “As a result, the committees only have a partial view of the facts.”

House Democrats have balked at participating on the special panel set up this month by BoehnerJohn BoehnerTrump, GOP fumble chance to govern ObamaCare gets new lease on life Ryan picks party over country by pushing healthcare bill MORE, insisting that its membership should be evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans.

Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzHow 'Big Pharma' stifles pharmaceutical innovation AIPAC must reach out to President Trump Under pressure, Dems hold back Gorsuch support MORE (R-Texas) has lobbied his colleagues to create a Senate-House select committee focused on Benghazi, introducing a resolution establishing such a panel last year.

Democrats rejected a unanimous consent request Cruz made on the floor Monday to set it up.