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. 
National Journal
Sarah Mimms
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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