Congressman Peters’ Statement on Creation of Benghazi Committee
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) released the following statement after voting against H.Res. 567, which establishes a ‘Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi,’ believing that its structure and intent will lead to a partisan witch-hunt instead of the sober, rigorous effort that is deserved:
“In San Diego we continue to grieve the loss of San Diegans Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty, as well as Ambassador Chris Stevens. Their families deserve to know what happened and why, and it is my hope that a complete understanding of the facts will give them the closure they deserve. However, this committee has been established in a one-sided, political way and I cannot support its creation in this form.”
Congressman Peters sent a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner earlier today asking that the committee be structured with bipartisan co-chairs and equal membership between Democrats and Republicans. In addition, Rep. Peters asked that both sides be able to call, subpoena, and examine witnesses. That letter can be read in full here.