On October 30, 2013 Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia asked for permission to address the United States House of Representatives for 5 minutes regarding the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed Ambassador Stevens. There he raised all sorts of unanswered questions.
“Mr. Speaker, last week, a new national poll was released by a respected pollster, Patrick Caddell, a Democrat, and John McLaughlin, a Republican, making clear that the American people still don’t feel they know the truth about what happened in Benghazi nearly 14 months ago.”
“According to the poll commissioned by Secure America Now, 63 percent of Americans “think the Obama administration is covering up the facts about Benghazi”; and only 29 percent of registered voters say the Obama administration has been honest about Benghazi. Think about that for a moment. A supermajority of Americans believe they have been misled by their government about what happened in Benghazi. This is remarkable. The American people know how significant it is that Ambassador Stevens, the President’s personal envoy to Libya, was the first Ambassador killed in the line of duty in four decades on September 11, 11 years to the day that nearly 3,000 people were killed by al Qaeda terrorists”, he said.
“The American people intuitively understand that a plot of this scale was not spontaneously inspired, as claimed by the administration’s now infamous talking points. The American people also know that it is remarkable that no effort was made by Washington to rescue the Americans in Benghazi or dispatch a hostage rescue team after the Ambassador went missing that night. I think the American people also wonder just what the CIA was doing in Benghazi. Was it involved in the collection and transfer of weapons to foreign countries? Possibly to support the Syrian rebels? And could some of those weapons have fallen into the wrong hands, like the Syrian jihadists?”, he added.
“It is too easy to say that this is “classified information” and expect the American people to look away. Four Americans were killed that night, several were wounded, and no one came to help them. Was it because the CIA was conducting a covert operation and if something went wrong, that was just the price of doing business? Were the CIA activities in Benghazi part of the reason the consulate and annex were targeted? These are legitimate questions the American people are asking that deserve clear answers”, said Rep. Wolf (source: Congressional Record http://thomas.loc.gov).
Rep. Frank Wolf sits on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, where he is the chairman of the Commerce-Justice-Science subcommittee. He also serves on the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development and State and Foreign Operations subcommittees. In addition, he is the co-chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission , a bipartisan organization which works to raise awareness about international human rights issues.
Rep. Wolf has called for a Select Committee to investigate the terrorist attack at Benghazi, Libya.