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Rep. Chaffetz: Hardly Anyone Believes Video Prompted Benghazi.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz says only a small minority believe the Benghazi attack was fueled by an anti-Muslim video: former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and a New York Times reporter.

“The only ones that believe that are evidently Susan Rice and the author of this article, for a grand total of two people in this country,” Chaffetz said Monday on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity.”

Rice was U.S. ambassador to the United Nations at the time, and appeared on all five Sunday-morning talk shows days later saying the attack was the result of a spontaneous street protest, much like protests that had happened in Egypt.

The Sept. 11, 2012, attack left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead.

The debate over who was behind the Benghazi attack and why the United States was unprepared for it was rekindled over the weekend when The New York Times published a story by reporter David Kirkpatrick saying the video was indeed the impetus.

Members of the House Intelligence Committee, including Democrat David Schiff, have said the attack was planned and was linked to al-Qaida. Kirkpatrick told CNN on Monday that the truth is in the middle. The video did prompt the attack, but the attack was planned by local people.

Chaffetz told “Hannity” guest host Katie Pavlich that he went to Libya about three weeks after the attack and that no one he talked to about it brought up the video.

Neither has anyone else he has talked to, he said, including former AFRICON leader Gen. Carter Ham and the Accountability Review Board.

Chaffetz said the administration is not pursuing the Benghazi attackers with the same tenacity it used in hunting the Boston Marathon bombers earlier this year.

“These people are still out there,” Chaffetz said of the Benghazi attackers. “Are they going to do it again? I worry that they might.”

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By Greg Richter

Tea Party Republicans Stand Firm Against Washington ‘Pigsty’ as Shutdown Widens.

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By Newsmax Wires

Even as conservative Republicans vowed not to yield to their Obamacare demands for delay, President Barack Obama announced he will meet the four top leaders of Congress at the White House on Wednesday to urge lawmakers to reopen the government and raise the U.S. debt ceiling.Obama will meet at 5:30 p.m. EDT with Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.

Boehner’s office said the meeting would be the start of serious talks to bridge differences that led to government agencies closing down.

But tea party-backed House Republicans showed no sign of backing down Wednesday as the effects of the shutdown rippled out across the nation.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a tea party favorite, said there would be no solution until President Obama and Democrats who control the Senate agree to discuss problems with the nation’s unfolding health care overhaul.

“The pigsty that is Washington, D.C., gets mud on a lot of people and the question is what are you going to do moving forward,” Chaffetz, R-Utah, said on CBS’ “This Morning.”

Nearly all of the lawmakers who spoke to Newsmax insisted that, after the House took three votes on continuing resolutions in 10 days, their constituents were rallying to their side in the ongoing duel with Senate and White House.

“Our e-mails and calls since the vote last night were running 60-to-40 in favor of our position on Obamacare…,” Republican Rep. Todd Rokita of Indiana told a conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon. “And in recent weeks, I’ve held 12 town-hall meetings and heard from more than 2,500 Hoosiers. Almost all of them are asking us in Congress to take a stand against a very bad law and against big government.”

Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas told Newsmax that “99 out of 100” calls and e-mails to his office are running in favor of stopping Obamacare.

“That’s really impressive when you consider that in our district [east of Houston], we have about 9,000 government employees and their families.”

Stockman, who served a term in Congress during the last government shutdown in 1995, said “there is far more desire among House Republicans today to tough it out and stand firm than there was 17 years ago.”

Rep. Steve King, Republican of Iowa, told The New York Times that  “we’ve passed the witching hour of midnight, and the sky didn’t fall, nothing caved in.” He said he still believes Republicans can achieve “the end of Obamacare.” “Now the pressure will build on both sides, and the American people will weigh in.”

Meanwhile, another financial showdown even more critical to the economy was looming. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew told Congress that unless lawmakers act in time, he will run out of money to pay the nation’s bills by Oct. 17. Congress must periodically raise the limit on government borrowing to keep U.S. funds flowing, a once-routine matter that has become locked in battles over the federal budget deficit.

Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the second-ranking House Democrat, said Democrats would overwhelmingly accept a short-term spending measure to reopen the government and increase the nation’s debt limit while other political differences are worked out. “That would be a responsible way to go,” Hoyer told CNN.

At issue is the need to pass a temporary funding bill to keep the government open since the start of the new budget year on Tuesday.

Congress has passed 87 temporary funding bills since 1999, virtually all of them without controversy. Now, conservative Republicans have held up the measure in the longshot hope of derailing or delaying Obamacare.

Fed-up Americans took to Facebook and Twitter to call members of Congress “stupid” or “idiots.” Some blamed Republicans while others blasted Obama or Democrats “who spend our tax dollars like crack addicts.”

Bruce Swedal, a 46-year-old Denver real estate agent, tweeted to Congress members: “You should not be getting paid. In fact, you all should be fired!”

Some 800,000 federal workers deemed nonessential were staying home again Wednesday in the first partial shutdown since the winter of 1995-96.

Across the nation, America roped off its most hallowed symbols: the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, the Statue of Liberty in New York, Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, the Washington Monument.

Its natural wonders — the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, the Smoky Mountains and more — put up “Closed” signs and shooed campers away.

Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia said he was getting pleas from businesses that rely on tourists. “The restaurants, the hotels, the grocery stores, the gasoline stations, they’re all very devastated with the closing of the parks,” he said.

The Defense Department said it wasn’t clear that service academies would be able to participate in sports, putting Saturday’s Army vs. Boston College and Air Force vs. Navy football games on hold, with a decision to be made Thursday.

The most obvious ways out of the government shutdown crisis are non-starters,according to Politico. Democrats want to see the House pass a “clean” continuing resolution that makes no reference to Obamacare. Republicans – including Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah – propose funding the government piecemeal to take the sting of out the shutdown. Lee would pass agency-by-agency temporary budgets, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

This tactic would fund national parks, veterans benefits and the local D.C. government, ostensibly embarrassing Democrats into voting up and down on programs popular among their constituents, The Washington Post reported reported.

The piecemeal funding idea doesn’t sit well with some conservatives. Andrew Stiles, blogging in National Review, wonders: “Did Mike Lee Just Cave?”

Both sides may be using the words “compromise” and “middle ground” but what they apparently have in mind is continued political warfare without incurring the wrath of the American people.

Liberals, meanwhile, are denigrating the very notion that a middle ground exists. Columnist William Saletan complains in Slate that Republicans were “planting the assumption that the reasonable, moderate, even-handed thing to do is to ‘negotiate’ a ‘compromise'” on Obamacare. Not a chance, says Saletan: “Nothing in the Constitution authorizes a single house of Congress to retroactively veto U.S. law by refusing to fund the rest of the government.”

Liberal blogger Eric Boehlert in Media Matters is no less strident: “Middle ground? Doesn’t it seem [that] the Republican strategy is designed specifically so there is no middle-ground option for Obama to take, making compromise impossible?”

None of this is keeping politicians and political operatives from making noises about supposed give and take from both sides. Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader, a Democrat, told that he wants to find a “middle ground” and is willing to forgo his salary until one is achieved. Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole, a Republican, who opposed the shutdown strategy, says “compromise” requires delaying implementation of Obamacare, the Houston CBS affiliate reported. And Tea Party Express strategist Sal Russo, told McClatchy, “We have to find some middle ground to postpone the [Obamacare’s] individual mandate.”

The sheer absence of a middle ground possibility is riling citizens across the political spectrum. In Claremont, VT Abbie Williams, who describes herself as a staunch Republican conservative, told The Valley News that she was angry about the GOP’s shutdown strategy. Yet she, too, couldn’t identify any middle ground.

“You can’t get blood from a rock,” she said. “We can’t be instituting this socialist type of health care program when we don’t have the funds to support it, and not only that, the vast majority of Americans don’t want Obamacare.”

No “easy solution” is how Bloomberg chief Washington correspondent Peter Cook describes the situation. He thinks the shutdown could run on for at least two weeks – smack into the Oct 17 deadline when the country exhausts its borrowing authority.

Says Cook: There is no “easy compromise.”

Ironically, as Politico noted, while the government is partially shutdown funding to implement Obamacare is mandatory and continuing. Health insurance exchanges that are at the core of President Barack Obama’s health care law were up and running, taking applications for coverage that would start Jan. 1.

“Shutting down our government doesn’t accomplish their stated goal,” Obama said of his Republican opponents at a Rose Garden event hailing implementation of the law. “The Affordable Care Act is a law that passed the House; it passed the Senate. The Supreme Court ruled it constitutional. It was a central issue in last year’s election. It is settled, and it is here to stay. And because of its funding sources, it’s not impacted by a government shutdown.”

GOP leaders faulted the Senate for killing a House request to open official negotiations on the temporary spending bill. Senate Democrats led by Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada insist that Republicans give in and pass their simple, straightforward temporary funding bill, known as a continuing resolution.

“None of us want to be in a shutdown. And we’re here to say to the Senate Democrats, ‘Come and talk to us,'” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said as GOP lawmakers designated to negotiate the shutdown legislation met among themselves before cameras and reporters on Tuesday. “At each and every turn, the Senate Democrats refused to even discuss these proposals.”

Since the GOP piecemeal measures were brought before the House under expedited procedures requiring a two-thirds vote to pass, House Democrats scuttled them, despite an impassioned plea by Democratic D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, who recalled that in the last shutdown 17 years ago she prevailed on House Speaker Newt Gingrich to win an exemption to keep the D.C. government running.”I must support this piecemeal approach,” Norton said. “What would you do if your local budget was here?”

But other Democrats said Republicans shouldn’t be permitted to choose which agencies should open and which remain shut.

“This piecemeal approach will only prolong a shutdown,” Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., said.

Republicans said there could be more votes Wednesday, perhaps to allow the National Institutes of Health to continue pediatric cancer research. The NIH’s famed hospital of last resort wasn’t admitting new patients because of the shutdown. Dr. Francis Collins, agency director, estimated that each week the shutdown lasts would force the facility to turn away about 200 patients, 30 of them children, who want to enroll in studies of experimental treatments. Patients already at the hospital are permitted to stay.

Republicans also said the House may vote anew on the three measures that failed Tuesday, this time under normal rules requiring a simple majority to pass.

Republicans hoped such votes would create pressure on Democrats to drop their insistence that they won’t negotiate on the spending bill or an even more important subsequent measure, required in a couple of weeks or so, to increase the government’s borrowing limit.

There were suggestions from leaders in both parties that the shutdown could last for weeks and grow to encompass the measure to increase the debt limit. “This is now all together,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said.

“It’s untenable not to negotiate,” House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said. “I’ve always believed it was the debt limit that would be the forcing action.”

While GOP leaders seemed determined to press on, some Republicans conceded they might bear the brunt of any public anger over the shutdown — and seemed resigned to an eventual surrender in their latest bruising struggle with Obama.

Democrats have “all the leverage and we’ve got none,” Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia said.

Rep. Scott Rigell of Virginia said it was time to pass legislation reopening the government without any health care impediments.

“The shutdown is hurting my district — including the military and the hardworking men and women who have been furloughed due to the defense sequester,” he said.

But that was far from the majority view among House Republicans, where tea party-aligned lawmakers prevailed more than a week ago on a reluctant leadership to link federal funding legislation to the health care law. In fact, some conservatives fretted the GOP had already given in too much.

“It’s getting better for us,” said Representative Raúl R. Labrador, Republican of Idaho, told The New York Times. “The moment where Republicans are least popular is right when the government shuts down. But when the president continues to say he’s unwilling to negotiate with the American people, when Harry Reid says he won’t even take things to conference, I don’t think the American people are going to take that too kindly.”

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Why Didn’t Obama Fire Anyone After Benghazi Massacre?.

No liberal is ever responsible

The State Department has cleared four employees who had been suspended for their role in lax security leading up to last year’s terrorist attack in Benghazi, but Republican lawmakers say their investigation will go on.

no-one-fired-benghazi-massacre-clinton-obama-coverup“We will continue to hold hearings that shed light on the terrorist tragedy that is Benghazi,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which is still investigating the attack. “The truth will get out there.”

Secretary of State John Kerry had his staff look at the actions of four employees singled out for rebuke as a result of an Accountability Review Board investigation ordered by Kerry’s predecessor, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Kerry’s analysis of their actions, however, found that “There was no breach of duty by these four employees,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters Tuesday. “The right answer for these four is reassignment.”

Only a breach of duty would justify disciplinary action or firing, Harf said. The decision was made while considering their mostly-exemplary careers often spent in difficult places around the world, she said.

“Clearly this could have been done better,” Harf said, referring to security preparations in Benghazi. But “These are real people with real lives and real careers and real families, and we can’t take action just to make ourselves feel better.”

The review board identified 29 deficiencies, which Clinton later accepted and said would be addressed, that contributed to the severity of the Sept. 11, 2012 attack. U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other State Department employees died in the premeditated assault, which lasted several hours and involved the firing of light arms, rocket propelled grenades and mortars on two separate U.S. facilities in the birthplace of the uprising that deposed Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.


The attack followed two previous ones on the Benghazi Consulate in April and June, and a deteriorating security situation in that city, which prompted American security personnel in Libya to request additional personnel and fortifications for the facility. The requests were denied, Chaffetz said.

At least one of the suspended employees, Charlene Lamb, the deputy assistant secretary responsible for embassy security, testified before Congress that she stood behind her decision to deny those requests based on the information she had at the time. News reports based on anonymous sources said she and Eric Boswell, the assistant secretary of State for diplomatic security, had stepped down, but then it turned out they’d only been suspended.

“How is it (after) 29 systemic failures and two bombings and no one is held accountable?” Chaffetz said. “That’s ridiculous.”

After the attack, State Department and Obama administration officials blamed it on an anti-Islam film that caused angry demonstrations elsewhere in the Muslim world, but not in Benghazi. The State Department and White House have never explained the misinformation.

Rep. Darrell Issa, the California Republican who chairs the oversight committee, said in a statement that Obama administration officials “repeatedly promised” the families of the victims and the nation that officials responsible would be held accountable.

“Instead of accountability, the State Department offered a charade that included false reports of firings and resignations and now ends in a game of musical chairs where no one misses a single day on the State Department payroll,” Issa said in a statement.

The oversight committee plans a series of additional hearings “to dive into the depth of what did and did not happen” at the State Department before and during the attacks, Chaffetz said.

Lawmakers still want to know who made the decision not to beef up security in Benghazi despite repeated warnings of increased threats from radicals in the area. The oversight committee interviewed three of the four suspended employees and some of their supervisors in June and July, and at that time, none had been interviewed by State, Chaffetz said.

“I don’t know how the State Department came to this conclusion without those people ever having been interviewed at least as of July,” he said. source – USA Today

by Geoffrey Grider.

Growing Number of Republicans Support ‘Path’ — Not Pathway — to Citizenship.

A growing number of Republicans in the House of Representatives are becoming more open to the idea of a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, though not necessarily the “special’ pathway being pushed by DemocratsFox News Latino reports.

“There should be a pathway to citizenship — not a special pathway and not no pathway,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said to ABC 4 Utah following a recent town hall meeting. “But there has to be a legal, lawful way to go through this process that works, and right now it doesn’t.”

Many Republicans still reject any path to citizenship for people here illegally, since a large number of legal immigrants still await citizenship. Others feel illegal immigrants should be given legal status, but not full citizenship. Democrats oppose that idea.

“We think a legal status in the United States, but not a special pathway to citizenship, might be appropriate,” Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., told a recent town hall meeting.

Goodlatte suggested that illegal immigrants could then use existing methods to seek citizenship, such as through family or their jobs.

Goodlatte and other Republicans say many immigrants would be happy with legalization alone. A Pew Hispanic Center study last February showed that 40 percent of those eligible to become citizens had not tried to do so.

The Senate passed an immigration bill this summer, but the House has yet to take action.

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By Greg Richter

Issa Urges Quick Arrests of Benghazi Suspects.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa is urging the Obama administration to apprehend those suspected in the Benghazi, Libya attack last year as quickly as possible to avoid the risk of “further and needless” loss of American lives.

“If our government knows who perpetrated the attack that killed four Americans, it is critical that they be questioned and placed in custody of U.S. officials without delay,” the California Republican said in a statement Tuesday following the disclosure that sealed criminal charges had been filed against several suspects, including Libyan militia leader Ahmed Abu Khattalah.

“Delays in apprehending the suspected Benghazi killers will only put American lives at further and needless risk,” he added.

The Justice Department and the White House have declined to comment on the charges, reports Fox News, other than to say that the investigation is “ongoing” into the attack that left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead.

But Khattalah has acknowledged in interviews with CNN and Fox News that he was there on the night of Sept. 11, 2012 when the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi took place, although he denies being a “ringleader.” At the same time, he told his interviewers in October of last year that he was living openly in Benghazi and had not been contacted by or detained by U.S. officials.

According to CBS News, Khattalah is still in Benghazi and has not tried to hide his whereabouts.

Pressure on the administration to present a case against the suspected attackers has been mounting as the one year anniversary of the attacks nears. Last week, a group of Senate and House members sent a letter to FBI Director James Comey expressing their dismay with what they called the slow pace of the investigation.

“Rumors continue to swirl about the whereabouts of suspects involved in the attack. The FBI continues to add pictures of potential assailants to its website and asks the Libyan people to assist with identifying the alleged perpetrators,” the lawmakers wrote.

“We struggle to understand why we don’t know more about those who attacked two U.S. compounds and murdered four brave Americans.”

Utah GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who helped write the letter, told Fox News that he expects the FBI to direct as much energy to tracking down the Benghazi suspects as they have in investigating the Boston Marathon bombings.

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By Jennifer Hickey

Retiring Marine to Give Long-Awaited Benghazi Testimony.

A former Special Operations task-force commander will spend his last day of active military service Wednesday testifying before a classified House committee session about last year’s terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

Col. George Bristol, who was in charge of a task force operating in northern and western Africa at the time of the attacks, will speak before members of a House Armed Services subcommittee following repeated requests from lawmakers, reports The Hill.

Lawmakers calling for Bristol’s testimony believe he can address their concerns that military forces were not ready to respond quickly to the Sept.11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate and nearby CIA building that killed four, including Ambassador Christopher Stephens.

Key Republicans, including Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who chairs a House Oversight subcommittee on National Security, and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, have been calling for Bristol to testify for some time. However, the Pentagon said, Bristol was retired and could not testify.

However, the Marine Corps Times reported reported Bristol hadn’t yet retired and was on active duty until Thursday.

Marine spokeswoman Maj. Shawn Haney said Bristol had been placed on the retired list on July 1, but he voluntarily agreed to stay on active duty until the end of the month.

Once Graham learned of the change, he again asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to have Bristol testify, writing his “in-depth knowledge of the region” and interactions with U.S. Special Operations Forces made him the ideal person to speak with.”

Bristol was in charge of a task force responsible for special operations in 12 countries, along with counterterrorism efforts. But during his change-of-command ceremony in March, he said “an evil” had taken hold in Africa, and it “is on us to stop it.”

Republicans claim the Obama administration either downplayed or covered up the attack, since it occurred just two months before the presidential election, and have continued to criticize the military’s stance concerning the Libyan outpost.

The retiring Marine Corps colonel is one in a line of military officers to testify concerning the Benghazi attacks. While Democrats accuse Republicans of engaging in a “witch hunt” by continuing to press the investigation, Republican lawmakers say it is important to determine what events surrounded the attacks.

However, even Republicans disagree on how to conduct the ongoing investigation. Some want a special congressional committee that would conduct a single investigation.

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By Sandy Fitzgerald

GOP Refer Constituents’ Obamacare Queries Back to Administration.

The Obama administration has failed to let Republicans in Congress know how Obamacare will affect their constituents, forcing lawmakers to essentially push the call-forward button on questioning phone calls flooding their offices.

While congressional offices in Washington focus on passing laws, it’s up to the thousands of district offices all over the country to help voters navigate Social Security, Medicare and other entitlement programs.

Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah says he already has dedicated staff members to deal with the new healthcare law but will have to use the Obama administration to handle the overflow of phone calls.

“I’m sure there will be an uptick in that, but all we can do is pass them back to the Obama administration. The ball’s in their court. They’re responsible for it,” Chaffetz told The Hill.

A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll shows a majority of Americans and two-thirds of those uninsured still aren’t sure how Obamacare will affect them.

“Given that we come from Kansas, it’s much easier to say, ‘Call your former governor,’” said Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp, referring to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the former governor now overseeing the Obamacare implementation.

Some Republicans are prepared to go the extra mile for their constituents, despite their disdain for the new law that takes effect in January.

Republican Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona says he plans to hold town meetings to help small businesses and individuals prepare for all of the new regulations.

“We’re going to play them absolutely straight,” Schweikert said. “We’re going to invite some experts, and they’re going to explain what is going to help and what is going to hurt.”

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By Audrey Hudson

Issa Panel Close to Asking Hillary Clinton to Testify on Benghazi.

Former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton may be on her way to testifying before the House Oversight Committee on last year’s deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, reports the Hill.
Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said there are “a number of steps” that the panel “will take first” before they call on the former secretary of state to testify.
“We have a number of steps that we are taking to get full and complete discovery,” Issa said.
Issa said committee members wouldn’t “waste the former secretary’s time” by calling her before they did all they could to find all the relevant information that might shed light on her role before, during, and after the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said that calling the former secretary of state to testify was a “definite maybe.”
Clinton has appeared before several congressional committees to discuss the Benghazi attacks, but has yet to appear before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
One of the key players on the Oversight Committee is former prosecutor Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who some see as the key to getting Clinton to testify.
Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., said Gowdy is likely “building a case” before calling Clinton before the committee.
“Gowdy’s a good prosecutor, Gowdy’s building a case, and when you are building a case, you don’t show all your cards [at once],” Duncan said.

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By Matthew Auerbach

Rep. Chaffetz: Obama May Face Impeachment Over Benghazi.

Image: Rep. Chaffetz: Obama May Face Impeachment Over Benghazi


By Dan Weil

Rep. Jason Chaffetz says House Speaker John Boehner has urged him to be judicious in pursuing President Barack Obama on the Benghazi issue.

The Utah Republican, who has said Obama may face impeachment over his handling of the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on a U.S. compound in Libya, is ready to issue subpoenas and schedule more hearings, he tells National Review Online.

“[The Obama administration] purposefully and willfully misled the American people, and that’s unacceptable,” he said.

“It’s part of a pattern of deception . . . They’ve released 100 emails, but there are thousands of documents that we still need to see. The truth gets colder as time goes on, so we need to stay vigilant.”

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As for Boehner, Chaffetz said “the speaker has more patience than I do.”

“He has told me to be patient, that the truth will eventually surface. But I’m not a patient person, and if this administration makes us do this the hard way, that’s what we’ll do,” the congressman added.

“The White House likes to say that our questions are a political sideshow, but it seems like it was their politics that caused a lot of the problems.”

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Chaffetz Reiterates: Obama Impeachment is Option for Benghazi.

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By Dan Weil

Rep. Jason Chaffetz is sticking to his stance that impeachment of President Barack Obama over his handling of the Benghazi attack should not be ruled out.

“Look, it’s not something I’m seeking,” the Utah Republican told CNN.

“It’s not the endgame. It’s not what we’re playing for. I was simply asked, ‘Is that within the realm of possibilities?’ and I would say ‘yes.’ I’m not willing to take that off the table.”

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Chaffetz first mentioned impeachment as a possibility in an interview with The Salt Lake Tribune, published Monday.

“We want truth,” Chaffetz told CNN. “We want to have the president do what he has said he would always do, and that is, be open and transparent. Thus far, the White House has not done that.”

Chaffetz, a member of the House Oversight Committee, said he found testimony from three State Department officials about Benghazi compelling last week.

“We heard from three very credible witnesses with more than 70 years of public service [between them] saying that what happened on the ground versus what the White House would lead us to believe were two totally different things,” he said.

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