Press Releases

Jun 27, 2016 Press Release
“Decades in the future, historians will look back on this investigation as a case study in how not to conduct a credible investigation,” the Members wrote. “They will showcase the proliferation of Republican abuses as a chief example of what happens when politicians are allowed to use unlimited taxpayer dollars—and the formidable power of Congress—to attack their political foes.”
Jun 10, 2016 Press Release
“This latest abuse of authority by House Republicans is ridiculous and a desperate distraction from a failed investigation. There was absolutely no reason to unilaterally subpoena the legislative staff of the Pentagon—after ignoring their request for a meeting—except to retaliate against the Defense Department for exposing the Select Committee’s abuses, delay this partisan investigation even further into the election season, and distract from the fact that the Republicans have come up empty in their three-year attack on Hillary Clinton.”
Jun 8, 2016 Press Release
General Confirms Key Findings of Numerous Previous Investigations—Again
“Today, General Ham again confirmed many key findings of the numerous previous investigations about the Benghazi attacks, just like many other witnesses who have been re-interviewed by the Select Committee. I thank General Ham for his dedicated service to our country and for agreeing—yet again—to appear before Congress.”
May 31, 2016 Press Release
Offer to Exchange Drafts and Release Interview Transcripts Together
“We believe the American people would be best served by a joint report that highlights findings that all Members agree on—Republicans and Democrats—followed by areas on which reasonable people may disagree. We believe that all of our interview and deposition transcripts also should be released, consistent with classification guidelines. In this way, the public will have the benefit of the views of all Members of the Committee, as well as the underlying transcripts for their own review.”
May 19, 2016 Press Release
Other Republicans Raising Concerns About Politicized Timing of Investigation
“Republicans keep blaming everyone else under the sun for their own repeated delays, but they are the ones who have dragged out this investigation as close as possible to the election. It is inexplicable that Republicans waited until after their widely-criticized hearing with Secretary Clinton to even seek an interview with General Ham, and even more inexplicable that they jerked him around like this.”
May 18, 2016 Press Release
“I am extremely disappointed that Republicans blocked this measure late last night after Chairman Gowdy’s public admission because they apparently do not want anyone to know how much their wasteful and partisan investigation is costing the American people. The Department of Defense has a critical job to do, which is to keep our nation safe from those who would do us harm—but Republicans keep making numerous duplicative, wasteful, and unnecessary demands that appear designed to drag out the Committee’s work even closer to the election.”
May 17, 2016 Press Release
Admission Comes After Statements from Republican Chief Counsel Released to Public
“Chairman Gowdy has finally admitted what we have all known for years: the central Republican allegation that the military was told to withhold assets that could have saved lives in Benghazi for political reasons is wrong,” said Ranking Member Cummings. “Based on the Chairman’s admission today, I call on the Select Committee to stop harassing the Pentagon with baseless demands, release the transcripts of our witness interviews, and stop wasting millions of taxpayer dollars dragging out the investigation closer and closer to the election.”
May 16, 2016 Press Release
“By dragging out the investigation so close to the presidential election, demanding that the Defense Department waste countless hours and taxpayer funds tracking down individuals who call into Sean Hannity’s radio show or post political messages on Facebook, and threatening to subpoena military service members who are serving our nation overseas, your actions have damaged the credibility of the Select Committee beyond repair.”
May 8, 2016 Press Release
“Two years ago, I decided to participate in this investigation because we needed someone in the room to defend the truth. Two years and millions of dollars later, Republicans have lost any semblance of credibility as they continue to drag this out as close as they can to the election. Republicans should release the transcripts, stop squandering taxpayer dollars, and shut down this disgraceful partisan charade before it does even more harm.”
Apr 29, 2016 Press Release
Following Disastrous Clinton Hearing, Republicans Try to Redeem Themselves by Dragging out Investigation and Requesting Duplicative and Unnecessary Pentagon Witnesses
“Ever since their disastrous 11-hour marathon hearing with Secretary Clinton backfired last fall, Republicans have been trying to redeem themselves by demanding more and more duplicative and unnecessary interviews and dragging out their sham of an investigation closer to the election,” said Ranking Member Elijah Cummings. “The Department of Defense has a critical job to do, which is to keep our nation safe from those who would do us harm. But Republicans continue to squander millions of taxpayer dollars chasing right-wing conspiracy theories and forcing Pentagon officials to waste their time on this partisan fishing expedition.”

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