Earlier this week, we received the clearest indication to date that the White House played a critical role in advancing the debunked theory of a YouTube video being the catalyst for the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi that left 4 Americans dead, including our Ambassador to Libya.
For nearly 2 years, I – along with Chairman Darrell Issa and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee – have been working tirelessly to get to the bottom of what happened on that fateful day in September. Nearly every step of the way, President Obama and his Administration have dragged their feet and not cooperated with our investigations.
This isn’t a matter of Republican vs. Democrat; this is about determining the truth, and ensuring we never allow such a tragedy to occur again.
In an email released this week as the result of a Freedom of Information Request, it became evident that the Obama Administration was more concerned with “reinforcing the President and Administration’s strength and steadiness in dealing with difficult challenges,” as opposed to providing a truthful assessment of what occurred.
In preparation for then-United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice’s infamous Sunday morning news show appearances in the wake of the terrorist attack, White House communications advisor Ben Rhodes expressed the importance for Rice “To underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy.”
A broader failure of policy, indeed.
Whether it’s President Obama’s response to the terrorist attack in Benghazi, the IRS targeting of conservative groups, or Eric Holder’s unwillingness to cooperate with Congress, time and time again, we’ve seen a failure of policy from this Administration. Despite their attempts to hinder our investigation, I assure you that we will continue to pursue the truth. The families of Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods deserve nothing less.
I welcome your feedback on this, and other issues of importance to you. You can reach me by email through my campaign headquarters at HDQ@Blake.com.
In unyielding pursuit of the truth, I remain,