WASHINGTON – Rep. Martha Roby was appointed to the select committee to investigate the 2012 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi.
House Speaker John Boehner announced the appointments on the House floor mid-day Friday.
Roby is one of seven Republicans on the panel. Democratic leaders have not yet announced whether they will appoint their allotted five members.
Roby was chair of the House Armed Services subcommittee that investigated the issue of military readiness related to the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks that killed four Americans, including the ambassador to Libya.
Although the Democrats participated in the subcommittee’s investigation, they did not sign on to the final report. The report concluded that the White House overstated its security preparations in the region, and that the U.S. military responded as quickly as it could with the resources it had in the area at the time.
The chairman of the new select committee, Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, has said he expects the panel to investigate the issues of military response, diplomatic security and the role of the White House in explaining the circumstances of the attack to the American public.
“I am committed to working with Chairman Gowdy and my colleagues on the Select Committee to conduct a thorough, judicious and unbiased pursuit of facts. As can be the case in Washington, tension over the Benghazi attacks has at times become a political issue on both sides,” Roby said in a prepared statement.