Santorum: Boehner ‘has no choice’ but to form Benghazi committee

Former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) on Sunday backed House Speaker John A. Boehner's decision to create a special committee to review the Obama administration's handling of the  2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

"There’s a firestorm out there across America among Republicans who don’t think we’ve taken this issue on," Santorum said on ABC's "This Week." He added that Boehner has "no choice but to move forward on this."


"There’s a firestorm out there across America among Republicans who don’t think we’ve taken this issue on," former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) said on ABC's "This Week." (Eric Gay/Associated Press)

Former White House senior adviser David Plouffe disagreed, saying another Republican-led investigation is unnecessary. "This has been politicized like we’ve never seen before," he said.

"What ought to be done here is not another bogus committee, but real work to protect our agencies," Plouffe said. He also said that focusing on an alleged conspiracy instead of a positive agenda could hurt Republicans during the upcoming midterm elections.

Republicans last week called for the formation of a special committee to investigate the Benghazi matter after the release of a White House memo advising that Susan E. Rice, who was then the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, should "underscore that these protests are rooted in an internet video, and not a broader failure of policy."

Republicans have suggested that the White House didn't want to acknowledge during the 2012 presidential election that the compound had been overrun in a terrorist attack.

 

Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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