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May 02, 2014 1:16 PM Coals to Newcastle

By Ed Kilgore

This is one of those news items that will give Jon Stewart some fresh material:

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is announcing today that he intends for the House to vote to create a new select committee to investigate the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans.

Guess Darrell Issa ain’t cutting the mustard. Said Boehner:

The House committees that have been investigating this attack have done extraordinary work, using their subpoena power, holding dozens of hearings, and conducting hundreds of interviews. Without this work we would not know much that we do today. But it’s clear that questions remain, and the administration still does not respect the authority of Congress to provide proper oversight. This dismissiveness and evasion requires us to elevate the investigation to a new level. I intend for this select committee to have robust authority, and I will expect it to work quickly to get answers for the American people and the families of the victims.

“Robust authority,” eh? “Robust” is one of those words used in Washington to mean “over-the-top.” As for the pledge to “work quickly,” I assume this means the new committee will race to gets its investigations over with no later than November 8, 2016.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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