Politics & Government

Boehner reappoints Rep. Trey Gowdy to House Benghazi panel

House Speaker John Boehner Monday reappointed Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., to head a select panel to investigate the Sept. 11, 2012 deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

‘On September 11, 2012, four Americans were killed in a brutal attack in Libya,’ Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a statement. ‘Two years later, the American people still have far too many questions about what happened that night – and why. That’s why I will reappoint Rep. Trey Gowdy and the Republican members of the House Select Committee to investigate the events in Benghazi in the 114th Congress.’

Boehner’s decision comes despite the release of a House Intelligence Committee report Friday that debunked many of the theories espoused by several Republicans, conservatives, tea party supporters, and talk radio hosts about the attacks that led to the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others.

The quietly-released bipartisan report concluded that the Obama administration didn’t issue ‘stand down’ orders to security forces at the diplomatic compound and that the White House didn’t intentionally mislead the public in its initial explanation of what happened in Benghazi that night.

‘The report has endeavored to make the facts and conclusions within this report widely and publicly available so that the American public can separate the actual facts from the swirl of rumors and unsupported allegations,’ the report said.