This week marks the second anniversary of the creation of the Benghazi Committee. Throughout the process, liberals have complained about interminable delays and the cost of the committee. It turns out, we now know who is to blame for that: Barack Obama’s State Department. As Fox News reports:
The State Department missed its own target date last year for the establishment of a special unit to review Benghazi documents, documents obtained by Fox News show.
The previously unpublished documents, generated by the House select committee that is investigating the 2012 terror attacks, detail how Rep. Trey Gowdy, the panel’s Republican chairman from South Carolina, began working behind the scenes early last year to help the department secure over $4 million in “reprogrammed” funds set aside by Congress for such a unit.
According to agreements worked out between Republican staff on the committee and top aides to Secretary of State John Kerry, including chief of staff Jonathan Finer, the document review unit was supposed to be “operational” in June 2015.
Yet the State Department, prompted by inquiries from Fox News, now acknowledges it missed that target date. “The Congressional Document Production unit began staffing up in mid-2015,” said State Department spokesman Mark Toner in an email late Thursday, “and is now fully operational.”
The records obtained by Fox News also show repeated refusals by Kerry’s aides, including Finer, to account for what happened to the appropriated funds when Gowdy’s staff made repeated inquiries about the matter back in mid-2015.
Gowdy told Fox News he sought the additional funding “so they could speed up document production to Congress and we could finish the investigation faster.”
To recap: Trey Gowdy and company have gone above and beyond to accommodate the Department of State, setting aside an enormous amount of funds to expedite their implementation and State has NO IDEA what happened to the money.
Either the Department of State believes that getting to the bottom of this tragic event so that something like it never happens again is unimportant, or they’re deliberately delaying the investigation to protect Hillary Clinton.