House Democrats have created a website to prove the ongoing Benghazi investigation is a waste of time, because all of the important questions have been answered.
“Many Americans do not realize how much work has already been done investigating the Benghazi attacks,” said Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings, ranking member on the Benghazi Select Committee, at a press conference announcing the website Tuesday.
He said that “Benghazi on the Record,” hosted by House.Gov, contains “as much information as possible” from hearings and other sources about the questions surrounding the investigation, especially regarding the security response and the way the White House initially described the attack. “The point is that these questions have been investigated and answered, and now you can see exactly what the answers are.”
Democratic Rep. Adam Smith, ranking member on the House Armed Services Committee, pointed to questions about the insufficient security as an example. His committee concluded the military “did everything it could under the circumstances,” he said. “Now, there was analysis of how in the future we could better move our assets around to be prepared to respond. But at the time, a whole series of very tough questions were answered.”
But a spokesman for Rep. Gowdy said in a statement not all questions have been answered, since Congress has not seen all of the relevant documents. “It is fair to say that not all questions have been asked and answered,” he said. “Chairman Gowdy is leading a fair, fact-based and impartial investigation.”
Cummings and Smith also shared their concern that the committee has no outline or explicit goal, and said they hope Republicans on both committees can use their website as a resource.
It would be different if Republicans on the committees would set a “particular point” to aim for, and outline exactly what they’re investigating, said Rep. Smith. “They haven’t done that. So it looks at this point like just a fishing expedition.”