Enzi, Barrasso: American People Deserve Full Account of Benghazi [AUDIO]

U.S. Senators, Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, both R-Wyo., believe the American people deserve to have a complete account from their government of the events in Benghazi.

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They joined a bipartisan group of senators this week in introducing a resolution that calls for a joint select committee to be established to investigate and report on the Benghazi attack in Libya that killed four Americans, including the first ambassador to be murdered since 1979. The resolution is led by Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

In the resolution, the senators say that, “President Barack Obama declared in his first address to the Nation about the attack on September 12, 2012, ‘make no mistake, we will work with the Libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people,’ yet there has been no action of reprisal and no justice rendered.”

The senators also noted that “the Department of State’s lack of adequate cooperation has prevented congressional committees from properly investigating and receiving direct testimony on behalf of Benghazi survivors.”

The text of the resolution is included below.

S. RES.225

To express the sense of the Senate that Congress should
establish a joint select committee to investigate and report
on the attack on the United States diplomatic facility
and American personnel in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012.
Whereas the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the
United States diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, resulted
in the brutal deaths of four Americans: Ambassador
Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service Officer Sean
Smith, and former Navy SEALS Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods;

Whereas the Nation commemorates and mourns the loss of
these American heroes; Whereas Ambassador Christopher Stevens is the first United
States ambassador to be murdered since Ambassador Adolph
Dubs was kidnapped and killed in Afghanistan in 1979;
Whereas President Barack Obama declared in his first address
to the Nation about the attack on September 12, 2012,
‘‘make no mistake, we will work with the Libyan
government to bring to justice the killers who attacked
our people,’’ yet there has been no action of reprisal and
no justice rendered;
Whereas failure to hold accountable the perpetrators of this
vicious attack will leave terrorists around the world with
the impression that they can kill Americans and escape
the consequences—increasing the likelihood of future attacks;
Whereas progress in the investigation into the attacks on the
United States diplomatic facility has been disappointing,
and no suspects are in United States custody;
Whereas whistleblowers, including former Deputy Chief of
Mission Gregory Hicks, have reported unwarranted repercussions
and fear of retaliation;
Whereas the Department of State’s lack of adequate cooperation
has prevented congressional committees from properly
investigating and receiving direct testimony on behalf
of Benghazi survivors;
Whereas the American people deserve to have a complete account
from their government of the events in Benghazi before, during, and
after the September 11, 2012, attack because, as Gregory Hicks
said, ‘‘the American people need to have the story. And Ambassador Chris Stevens,
Sean Smith, Ty Woods and Glen Doherty’s names are
names that should be remembered by every American for
the sacrifice that they made.’’;

and Whereas the White House declared on September 10, 2013,
‘‘We remain committed to bringing the perpetrators of
the Benghazi attacks to justice and to ensuring the safety
of our brave personnel serving overseas’’: Now therefore be it

1 Resolved, That it is the sense of the Senate that Congress should
establish a joint select committee to investigate and report on the attack
on the United States diplomatic facility and American personnel in Benghazi,
Libya on September 11, 2012.