Press Releases

Jun 12, 2015 Press Release
Glacial 400-Day Inquiry Has Now Spent More Than $3.4 Million

WASHINGTON— Today, the five Democratic Members of the House Select Committee on Benghazi penned an op-ed in the Washington Post about the Select Committee’s glacial pace and waste of taxpayer resources in order to attack

Jun 11, 2015 Press Release
“Do Republicans really believe that withholding $700 million from the same State Department offices that are producing documents to Congress and the public will actually result in getting documents faster? Of course they don’t. This ridiculous action will cause more delay, which Republicans will surely use as yet another excuse to continue dragging out their investigation of Secretary Clinton into the presidential election season.”
Jun 8, 2015 Press Release
“Republicans continue to use the deaths of four brave Americans in Benghazi as a political rallying cry—and fundraising tool—which is offensive, reprehensible, and contrary to the promises we made to the loved ones of those who were killed during the 2012 attacks. Chairman Gowdy should halt these activities immediately.”
May 22, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC (May 22, 2015) – Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the Select Committee on Benghazi, issued the following statement in response to the State Department’s public release of approximately 850 pages of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails related to Benghazi:

May 20, 2015 Press Release
“Heavy-handed, aggressive, and unnecessary”
“There was no need for the Select Committee to send two U.S. Marshals to the home of Sidney Blumenthal to serve his wife with a subpoena, especially since the Committee never bothered to contact him first to ask him whether he would voluntarily come in. These heavy-handed, aggressive, and unnecessary tactics waste the time of the U.S. Marshal service.”
May 18, 2015 Press Release
“These latest moves by the Benghazi Committee—issuing a subpoena without first contacting the witness, leaking news of the subpoena before it was served, and not holding any Committee debate or vote—are straight out the partisan playbook of discredited Republican investigations. The fact is that we have had these exact emails for three months, and the latest abuses by the Committee are just one more example of a partisan, taxpayer-funded attack against Secretary Clinton and her bid for president.”
May 14, 2015 Press Release
“Yet another excuse to drag out Secretary Clinton’s testimony”
“Republicans are on a fishing expedition for anything they can use against Secretary Clinton in her presidential campaign, and every time they come back empty-handed, they extend their trip at taxpayer expense. The Committee has had Secretary Clinton’s emails for months. This new claim that the Department has not produced a single responsive document is completely baseless and appears to be yet another excuse to drag out Secretary Clinton’s testimony until closer to the election.”
May 8, 2015 Press Release
Republicans Appear to Reject Clinton Hearing in May
“At every turn, the Select Committee comes up with a new excuse to further delay its work and then blames its glacial pace on someone else. Republicans are desperately trying to validate the $3 million in taxpayer funds they have spent over the past year, but they have nothing to show for it other than a partisan attack against Secretary Clinton and her campaign for president. Like the investigation itself, this memo is short on substance, short on accomplishments, and short on a plan for how to get this investigation done.”
May 7, 2015 Press Release
“What have we accomplished? After a full year, it now seems obvious that this investigation is being dragged out in order to attack Secretary Clinton and her campaign for president—squandering millions of taxpayer dollars in the process—while Republicans use this tragedy to raise campaign funds. This is exactly the opposite of what we promised the victims’ families, and I urge the Select Committee to drop this political charade and focus on implementing reforms that will protect our diplomatic corps around the world.”
May 4, 2015 Press Release
Ready and Willing to Testify as Soon as May 18th
“Secretary Clinton is ready and willing to testify before the Select Committee, and Chairman Gowdy should take yes for an answer and finally schedule the hearing. Dragging out this process further into the presidential election season sacrifices any chance that the American people will see it as serious or legitimate. After nearly a year, we have still found not a scrap of evidence to support claims Secretary Clinton ordered a stand-down, approved an illicit weapons program, or any of the other wild allegations that Republicans have been making about her for years."