Benghazi Select Committee to Meet With Victims’ Families This Week

“If they have questions that are still out there, I think we want to know what those questions are,” ranking Democrat says.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) speaks about immigration during a news conference on Capitol Hill, April 25, 2013 in Washington, DC. The news conference was held to discuss immigration control issues that are before Congress. 
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July 29, 2014, 1 a.m.

Mem­bers of the House’s Se­lect Com­mit­tee on Benghazi will meet this week with fam­ily mem­bers of the four Amer­ic­ans who were killed at the Liby­an em­bassy two years ago, mem­bers of the com­mit­tee told Na­tion­al Journ­al.

The meet­ing will be the first between mem­bers of the se­lect com­mit­tee, which was formed in May, and vic­tims’ fam­il­ies. The fam­il­ies have ap­peared be­fore Con­gress in the past, hav­ing test­i­fied be­fore the House Over­sight Com­mit­tee just a year after the ini­tial at­tacks.

The com­mit­tee will not be re­leas­ing the sched­ule for the meet­ing out of re­spect for the fam­il­ies and their pri­vacy, said rank­ing mem­ber Eli­jah Cum­mings of Mary­land.

“It’s an im­port­ant con­ver­sa­tion be­cause I think it will help us to re­fo­cus on the fact that there are people who lost their loved ones. And if they have ques­tions that are still out there, I think we want to know what those ques­tions are,” Cum­mings said.

The meet­ing comes just days be­fore mem­bers leave Wash­ing­ton for their five-week Au­gust re­cess.

“While it may not be the easi­est con­ver­sa­tion, I look for­ward to it be­cause I also think it’s im­port­ant that we let them know that we truly care and that they are not for­got­ten,” Cum­mings ad­ded.

“Mem­bers of the Se­lect Com­mit­tee are meet­ing privately this week with fam­ily mem­bers of the Amer­ic­ans killed in the Benghazi at­tacks so we could hear from them dir­ectly,” a spokes­man for com­mit­tee chair­man Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said in a state­ment. “In or­der to re­spect their pri­vacy, the Com­mit­tee will have no fur­ther state­ment on these meet­ings.”

House Minor­ity Lead­er Nancy Pelosi told re­port­ers in May that two of the fam­il­ies had reached out to mem­bers of the House and urged them not to open an­oth­er in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to the mat­ter. Non­ethe­less, Cum­mings said that all four fam­il­ies would be present.

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