Benghazi Committee Focuses on Security Recommendations in Surprising Bipartisan Harmony
The cooperative spirit surrounding the hearing came as something of a surprise. Earlier sessions focusing on the Benghazi issue, primarily conducted by the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, often devolved into head-butting between Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the panel chairman, and Cummings. Democrats at one point considered not participating in or cooperating with Gowdy’s panel.
Instead the session was void of conflict. In fact, the subject of the opening session was suggested by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and readily embraced by Gowdy, who thanked Cummings and others for their cooperation.
“I remain hopeful there are still things left in our country that can transcend politics,” Gowdy said in his opening remarks. “I remain convinced our fellow citizens deserve all of the facts of what happened before, during, and after the attacks in Benghazi and they deserve an investigative process worthy of the memory of those who died and worthy of the trust of our fellow citizens.”
Gowdy said the American public yearns “to see the right thing done, for the right reasons, and in the right way.”
“They want to know that something can rise above the din of politics,” he said. “They want to trust the institutions of government. So to fulfill the duties owed to those we serve and in honor of those who were killed perhaps we can be what those four brave men were: neither Republican nor Democrat. We can just be Americans in pursuit of the facts, the truth, and justice no matter where that journey takes us.”