Tennessee’s congressional delegation split along party lines Thursday, to create a special committee to investigate the 2012 attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Seven Republicans voted in favor of the panel, including Diane Black of Gallatin.
“Americans deserve the truth and it is outrageous that this Administration shamelessly continues to evade our Congressional investigations by not disclosing the documents that our Committees have requested,” Black said in a statement. Other GOP members of the delegation made similar comments in defense of their votes for the committee:
Nashville’s Jim Cooper joined the majority of his fellow Democrats in voting “no.” He says Congress has already held numerous hearings on the attack.
“I wish the select committee on Benghazi would lead to safer diplomats and a wiser foreign policy, but today it looks more like a game of ‘gotcha,’” said Cooper in a statement.
Meanwhile, Memphis Democrat Steve Cohen took to Twitter, mocking what he sees as Republicans’ obsession with Benghazi:
Bill Day cartoon and Republican obsession with Benghazi committee as world catches fire pic.twitter.com/ZrlGl2fgYE
— Steve Cohen (@RepCohen) May 8, 2014