Senate GOP presses Reid to launch Benghazi special panel

Thirty-seven Republican senators have written a letter pressing Senate Majority Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidNo, it is not racist to question birthright citizenship McConnell rejects Democrats' 'radical movement' to abolish filibuster Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' 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 Olin GrahamWhite House won't move forward with billions in foreign aid cuts GOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads Cindy McCain says no one in Republican Party carries 'voice of reason' after husband's death MORE (R-S.C.) say Reid should reconsider his decision not to establish a special investigative committee as Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerScaramucci compares Trump to Jonestown cult leader: 'It's like a hostage crisis inside the White House' Israel should resist Trump's efforts to politicize support Lobbyists race to cash in on cannabis boom 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 Andrew BoehnerScaramucci compares Trump to Jonestown cult leader: 'It's like a hostage crisis inside the White House' Israel should resist Trump's efforts to politicize support Lobbyists race to cash in on cannabis boom MORE, insisting that its membership should be evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans.

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzIs this any way for NASA to build a lunar lander? GOP strategist predicts Biden will win nomination, cites fundraising strength 3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 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.