House Benghazi committee to meet with victims' families

A vehicle sits smoldering in flames after being set on fire inside the U.S. consulate compound in Benghazi, Libya, late on September 11, 2012.


Members of the House Select Committee on Benghazi will meet this week with family members of the four Americans who died in the Sept. 11, 2012 attack in Libya.

"The Select Committee has been engaging in a series of bipartisan closed-door meetings this week, including a number of private, confidential meetings to hear directly from family members of those who were killed in the Benghazi attacks," Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the top Democrat on the 12-member committee said in a statement.

The details of the meetings will remain private out of respect for the families.

In May, when the committee was formed, Cummings noted that the families of the victims have urged Congress against politicizing the investigations.

"What Chris never would have accepted was the idea that his death would've been used for political purposes," the family of Chris Stevens, the former U.S. Ambassador to Libya who was killed in the attack, wrote in a letter.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., the leader of the committee, and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, have insisted the committee's work will not be politicized.

"This is all about getting to the truth. This is not going to be a sideshow, this is not going to be a circus," Boehner said after he announced the creation of the committee earlier this month. "This is going to be a serious investigation."