Press Releases

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.”
Apr 21, 2016 Press Release
“I have long supported this change, which has had bipartisan support from Benghazi Committee members. We held bipartisan briefings and meetings urging CIA to make this change, and I am very pleased that they have finally closed this loophole to recognize the sacrifices of the families of American heroes who have died in service to our country‎ and provide them with the benefits they deserve."
Apr 7, 2016 Press Release
Partisanship Now at Record High After 700 Days and More than $6.5 Million Taxpayer Dollars Wasted
“As House Republicans drag on their taxpayer-funded partisan attacks on Secretary Clinton closer and closer to the election, their actions have shockingly become even more partisan, secretive, and dysfunctional,” said Ranking Member Elijah Cummings. “Republicans are now breaking House Rules by refusing to provide Democrats with our copies of witness interview transcripts in an attempt to prevent Democrats from publicly releasing evidence that rebuts Republican conspiracy theories and allegations.”
Mar 16, 2016 Press Release
“Democrats on the Select Committee will not agree to conditions that prevent us from putting out the facts that witnesses have told the Committee in order to rebut the conspiracy theories about Benghazi. Republicans are so desperate to keep us from sharing these facts with the public, they denied Democrats any access to some of these witness transcripts for weeks. Republicans are writing a secret, partisan report that they plan to make public shortly before the election – and they are violating House Rules in order to try to silence Democrats from putting out the facts before then.”
Jan 8, 2016 Press Release
Republicans Abandoned Panetta Testimony Last Year to Focus on Clinton, Then Returned Only One Day After Their 11-Hour Clinton Hearing Failed
“The Republicans said they wanted to talk to Secretary Panetta back in 2014, but they abandoned their own plans last year when they decided to use the Select Committee to try to derail Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign,” said Ranking Member Elijah Cummings. “The problem is that even Republicans condemned their marathon hearing with Secretary Clinton as an epic failure, so now they are trying to clean up their mess.”‎