Select Committee Interviews 60th Witness
Washington, D.C.— Select Committee on Benghazi Press Secretary Matt Wolking released the following statement after the Committee conducted its 60th witness interview:
“The Select Committee is on track to complete more than 70 witness interviews before releasing its report in just a few months. And while our investigators are still waiting to receive some documents necessary to complete their work, they have already obtained and reviewed roughly 100,000 pages. These witnesses and documents come from the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, the White House, the CIA and elsewhere, and the majority of them were never examined by a congressional committee. For example, the Select Committee is the first and only Benghazi investigation to include the Secretary of State's emails, and the first to request Ambassador Chris Stevens’ emails. This thorough, fact-centered approach to finding the truth will provide the final, definitive accounting of what happened before, during and after the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attacks, and help prevent this kind of tragedy from happening again.”
Yesterday, the Select Committee interviewed its 60th witness to date, questioning Jeffrey Feltman, the former Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. This was one of five scheduled interviews announced by the Select Committee last week.
The Select Committee was established in May 2014 after it was “discovered that the White House had not shared with the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform important e-mails and talking points on what administration officials were encouraged to say in the aftermath of the attack,” Bloomberg View’s Eli Lake reported.
Democrats claimed the Benghazi Select Committee is “the longest-running congressional investigation ever,” but PolitiFact ruled that false.
The Select Committee’s investigation by the numbers:
Total number of witnesses interviewed so far: 60
- Witnesses never before interviewed by a congressional committee: 51
- Eyewitnesses to the attacks never before interviewed by a congressional committee: 7
Total number of pages of documents obtained and reviewed: approximately 100,000
- Pages of documents never before obtained or reviewed by a congressional committee: approximately 67,000
- State Department emails related to Benghazi and Libya obtained and reviewed despite the fact that the Obama administration was not in possession of them: 15