House Dems Say Republicans Are Withholding Information In ‘Partisan’ Investigation Into Libya Attack

Darrell Issa

Staff for House Democrats allege in a memo to Democratic members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that Republicans on the committee withheld information from Democrats in the investigation surrounding the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi Libya:

Although Chairman [Darrell] Issa [R-CA] has claimed publicly that ‘we are pursuing this on a bipartisan basis,’ the Committee’s investigation into the attack in Benghazi has been extremely partisan. The Chairman and his staff failed to consult with Democratic Members prior to issuing public letters with unverified allegations, concealed witnesses and refused to make one hearing witness available to Democratic staff, withheld documents obtained by the Committee during the investigation, and effectively excluded Democratic Committee Members from joining a poorly-planned congressional delegation to Libya.

The Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow investigating the Benghazi attack, which killed four Americans, including Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens.

The memo also complains that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) did not invite the Oversight Committee to a classified State Department briefing today on the Libya attacks and that “[a]s of the writing of this memo, the minority is not aware of any classified briefings provided to the Oversight Committee about the attack in Benghazi during the Committee’s entire investigation.” (HT: Foreign Policy)