Congressman Steve Stockman: Justice Department cannot be involved in Benghazi investigation

You cannot have people that may be involved in a cover-up also investigating the cover-up. The Justice Department has already demonstrated stalling tactics and not investigating the IRS debacle or other apparent scandals by this administration.

By Taylor Rose | September 21, 2013

Congressman Steve Stockman rallies at the U.S. Capitol on the first anniversary of Benghazi 9/11

WASHINGTON — “Having an independent investigation on Benghazi means not having the Justice Department interfering in any way” declared Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX), in an exclusive interview with SFPPR News & Analysis.

Stockman has joined a growing list of Republicans calling for an independent, bi-partisan Special Select Committee to investigate the remaining questions surrounding the terrorist attack of September 11, 2012 in Benghazi, Libya.

He elaborated on his position saying “you cannot have people that may be involved in a cover-up also investigating that cover-up.”

The Texas Congressman justified his position saying “the Justice Department has already demonstrated stalling tactics and not investigating the IRS debacle or other apparent scandals by this administration.”

Stockman described the importance of having the hearings because so far “two committee hearings have been canceled because witnesses were either intimidated or changed their mind.”

This echoes a similar line from Congressman Frank Wolf (R-Va.) in his interview with SFPPR News & Analysis, by saying that the surviving Benghazi employees were being “intimidated.”

Congressman Wolf has introduced H. Res. 36 to create a Select Committee with the power and authority to investigate the attack and the President’s management during that fateful night.

Stockman has introduced a discharge petition to bring “Wolf’s bill to the floor for a full vote.” He believes that the truth about what actually happened cannot come to light, until the people that were on the ground are allowed to testify.

The Congressman would like to see the Special Select Committee have “total subpoena power and work its way up through the ranks to wherever it leads.”

At present, Stockman said in a press release relating to this topic, that Congress’ power is “limited to partial investigations with diminished authority” and that if Congress does not expand its investigation, “the Obama administration will continue to cover up fatal errors and possible crimes.”

Stockman believes that this investigation could lead to the highest levels of government, including President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

He pointed out that the Obama “administration professed to be the most open and transparent administration known to man and we can’t get simple answers; so, it’s pretty clear that someone in the administration is blocking an investigation in a repetitive way.”

Furthermore, he points out how “the former secretary of state is considering higher office and if she is culpable” these Benghazi investigations could “cause some really serious problems for her.”

The Congressman joined his fears to those of Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) about the possibility of weapons trafficking through the Benghazi annex to the Free Syrian Army (FSA). “What we’ve heard is that there are 400 shoulder held missiles missing that can shoot down commercial flights,” Stockman said.

He added in defense of Senator Paul how, “when Rand asked that question” to Clinton about weapons trafficking, “he was mocked by Hillary, but now it appears there is more to it than what was first discussed and Rand wasn’t too far from the truth.” Stockman believes this is a chief “reason why we should investigate” further into the Benghazi attack.

The terrorist attacks at the Benghazi consulate just over a year ago resulted in the deaths of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, along with U.S. Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith and Navy Seals Glenn Doherty and Tyrone Woods.

Suspected involvement in the attacks, were Ansar al-Sharia, the al-Nusra Front and al-Qaeda, who have also possibly received funding and support from the United States government in the Syrian civil war.

Stockman described this possible connection that the Obama administration is funding jihadist groups as “disturbing” and looks at the wider foreign policy of the Obama administration funding these groups and the Muslim Brotherhood to displace our “natural allies” such as the Egyptians and Kurds as “a huge mistake.”

When asked by this reporter if the heightened media attention around Obama’s handling of the Syrian crisis is draining momentum from for the formation of creating the select committee, Stockman said that “we will keep the momentum going forward,” yet, he admitted, “news cycles do interfere with that.”

He added that between the Obama administration’s stonewalling and the long procedure of setting up the committee “it will be a long, long time before we get any answers.”

Taylor Rose is a graduate of Liberty University with a B.A. in International Relations from the Helms School of Government. Fluent in English and German he has worked and studied throughout Europe specializing in American and European politics. He is a prolific writer and author of the book Return of the Right an analysis on the revival of Conservatism in the United States and Europe. He is also a contributor to SFPPR News & Analysis.