Congressman Jeb Hensarling

Representing the 5th District of Texas

Hensarling Reacts to Benghazi Select Committee Report

Jun 28, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement after the Benghazi Select Committee released its final report:

“Today, the Select Committee on Benghazi released their final report after more than two years, 81 witnesses and 75,000 pages of documentation.  I am proud of my colleague and friend, Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC), for all of his hard work to shed light on the events of that tragic day and to provide some answers for the American people and the families of those who lost their loved ones. 

“Chairman Gowdy approached this responsibility as a dogged pursuit of the truth with no preconceived notions for what the outcome might be.  Unfortunately, Democrats on this Committee and the Administration have spent the last two years blocking, obfuscating, and questioning Chairman Gowdy rather than pursuing the facts. 

“Sadly, this report reveals that a series of miscalculations and failures led up to that fateful day when four Americans lost their lives.  The lives of these heroes were further dishonored when the Administration put political expediency ahead of telling the American people the truth—the attack on September 11, 2012, was a terrorist attack, not a political demonstration gone awry.  

“The Select Committee on Benghazi not only investigated and documented the truth about that tragic incident, but its investigation also exposed other systemic wrongdoing by Secretary Clinton—which continues to be the subject of an FBI investigation.

“I would echo Chairman Gowdy’s urging to the American people to read this report for themselves, look at the evidence collected, and reach their own conclusions. As he said, you can ‘read this report in less time than our fellow citizens were taking fire and fighting for their lives on the rooftops and in the streets of Benghazi.’”