House Benghazi panel to hold first hearing next week |

House Benghazi panel to hold first hearing next week | SEAN LENGELL | SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 | 3:02 PM 

A new special committee created to investigate the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, will hold its first public hearing next week, the panel announced Monday.

The hearing will focus on the implementation of security recommendations made by the State Department’s Accountability Review Board that was set up to investigate the surroundings that led to the attacks.

The review board issued almost 30 recommendations in late 2012 after concluding that “systemic” State Department failures led to inadequate security at the diplomatic outpost in Benghazi.

Details of the hearing, including a witness list and on what day it will take place, haven’t been announced.

The Republican-run House voted in May to create a select committee to investigate the Obama administration‘s handling of the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Senate Democrats blocked a similar effort in the upper chamber.

Most Democrats view the panel as nothing more than Republican grandstanding since five other House committees — most notably the Oversight and Government Reform Committee led by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. — already have investigated the attacks.

The 12-member panel, which includes seven Republicans and five Democrats, is chaired by Rep.Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. The top Democrat is Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland.


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