The Washington Post

Boehner names Republican members of Benghazi probe panel

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill on May 8. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

House Speaker John A. Boehner announced the seven Republicans who will work on the newly minted House Select Committee on Benghazi, tapping a diverse set of members that excludes many of the most vocal critics of the Obama administration's handling of the 2012 attacks.

Boehner tapped Reps. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.), Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) and Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.).They join Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), who was named chairman of the committee last week. The roster notably excludes many of the Republican caucus' most vocal members when it comes to the ongoing investigation into whether the Obama administration correctly handled the 2012 attacks.

“This investigation is about getting answers for the families of the victims and for the American people. These members have each demonstrated a commitment to this goal, and I have confidence that they will lead a serious, fact-based inquiry," Boehner said in a statement. "As I have expressed to each of them, I expect this committee to carry out an investigation worthy of the American lives lost in Benghazi."

Democrats remain openly divided over whether they will participate in the committee. Some members have called for a Democratic boycott of the committee, while others favor appointing at least one Democrat to serve on the panel.

The Democratic caucus will huddle Friday afternoon in hopes of making a final decision on whether to participate.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters Friday morning that family members of two of the four Americans killed in the 2012 Benghazi attacks have voiced opposition to the formation of the select committee.

"(They) have called us and said: Please don't take us down this path again," Pelosi said.

Wesley Lowery is a national reporter covering law enforcement and justice for the Washington Post. He previously covered Congress and national politics.

The Freddie Gray case

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!

Campaign 2016 Email Updates

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!

Get Zika news by email

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!
Show Comments
The South Carolina GOP primary and the Nevada Democratic caucuses are next on Feb. 20. Get caught up on the race.
Past South Carolina GOP primary winners
South Carolina polling averages
Donald Trump leads in the first state in the South to vote, where he faces rivals Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.
South Carolina polling averages
The S.C. Democratic primary is Feb. 27. Clinton has a significant lead in the state, whose primary falls one week after the party's Nevada caucuses.
62% 33%
We'll have half a million voters in South Carolina. I can shake a lot of hands, but I can't shake that many.
Sen. Marco Rubio, speaking to a group of reporters about his strategy to regain support after a poor performance in the last debate
Fact Checker
Sanders’s claim that Clinton objected to meeting with ‘our enemies’
Sanders said that Clinton was critical of Obama in 2008 for suggesting meeting with Iran. In fact, Clinton and Obama differed over whether to set preconditions, not about meeting with enemies. Once in office, Obama followed the course suggested by Clinton, abandoning an earlier position as unrealistic.
Pinocchio Pinocchio Pinocchio
The complicated upcoming voting schedule
Feb. 20

Democrats caucus in Nevada; Republicans hold a primary in South Carolina.

Feb. 23

Republicans caucus in Nevada.

Feb. 27

Democrats hold a primary in South Carolina.

Upcoming debates
Feb 13: GOP debate

on CBS News, in South Carolina

Feb. 25: GOP debate

on CNN, in Houston, Texas

March 3: GOP debate

on Fox News, in Detroit, Mich.

Campaign 2016
Where the race stands
Most Read



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Close video player
Now Playing

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.