Representative Peter King (R-NY) has called for an expiration date of the select committee on Benghazi prior to the kickoff to the 2016 presidential campaign. King said that “It should be out of the way before the 2016 elections are in high gear.” Although King supports the select committee that was called by Speaker John Boehner on Friday, but he does not want it to become a political weapon. He said that it is important for political and policy reasons to “not drag it out.” Democrats have vowed to boycott the committee believing it to be a political move on the part of House Republicans. Democrats in support of Hillary Clinton are worried that discussing Benghazi so close to 2016 could have a negative effect on her campaign.
Rep. Peter King on Monday said he wants to put an expiration date on a select committee on Benghazi so the panel will complete its work before the 2016 presidential campaign ramps up.
“It should be out of the way before the 2016 elections are in high gear,” King said of a select congressional committee on Benghazi while appearing on “Morning Joe,” addressing fears of some Democrats that the GOP will use the committee to try to damage a possible presidential bid by Hillary Clinton.
The New York Republican said he was pleased that House Speaker John Boehner has decided to create a select committee to investigate the September 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya. King said a committee was necessary to centralize an investigation and “bring all the elements together.”
But he also said that there should be a “time frame” for the investigation, saying that it was important both for policy and political purposes to “not drag it out.”
“I think that there can be a time frame put into it,” King said of the committee. “This should not be be going on forever … from a strictly political point of view, I think the worst thing Republicans could be seen as is somehow encouraging a political fight over the fact that four Americans were murdered.”
King also continued his criticism of the Obama administration, saying that the State Department did not provide enough security in Benghazi and put out a “phony story” about the attacks being a spontaneous response to a YouTube video.
“When you’re talking about four Americans being murdered, the government, the president, the State Department, the CIA, the National Security Council have an obligation to tell the truth,” the House Homeland Security Committee member said, “and they have not done that to this time.”