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Speaker Boehner says he will appoint select House committee to investigate Benghazi

Friday - 5/2/2014, 5:20pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker John Boehner says he plans to set up a select committee to investigate the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.

Boehner says U.S. officials misled the American people about the assault that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. He says emails released this week show the White House has withheld documents from congressional investigators.

Republicans have accused President Barack Obama and his top aides of seeking to deceive ahead of the 2012 presidential election.

The State Department, which ordered an independent review days after the attack, says the notion that it has stonewalled multiple, ongoing congressional investigations is "just false." Spokeswoman Marie Harf says the department has "produced tens of thousands of documents" and addressed the topic in nine hearings and 46 briefings.

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192-v-34-(Jerry Bodlander, AP correspondent)--The House will vote on creating a special committee to investigate the Benghazi attack. AP correspondent Jerry Bodlander reports. (2 May 2014)

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193-c-16-(Jerry Bodlander, AP correspondent)-"a new level"-AP correspondent Jerry Bodlander reports Speaker John Boehner plans a House vote on establishing a committee to focus solely on investigating the Benghazi attack. (2 May 2014)

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169-a-11-(Marie Harf, State Department deputy spokeswoman, at news conference)-"in Benghazi here"-State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf says the House Government Oversight Committee's chairman is wasting time by subpoeaning Secretary of State John Kerry to learn more about the Benghazi attack. (2 May 2014)

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171-a-05-(Marie Harf, State Department deputy spokeswoman, at news conference)-"an administration responded"-State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf says the department has nothing to hide about Benghazi. (2 May 2014)

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170-a-12-(Marie Harf, State Department deputy spokeswoman, at news conference)-"able to prove"-State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf says Republicans have no justification for continuing to investigate Benghazi. (2 May 2014)

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APPHOTO WX104: FILE - This April 11, 2011 file photo shows U.S. envoy Chris Stevens in Benghazi, Libya. House Speaker John Boehner on Friday declared he'd schedule a vote to create a select committee to investigate the Benghazi attack, escalating a political battle that has raged since the final days of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign. Boehner said U.S. officials misled the American people after the Sept. 11, 2012, assault on the U.S. diplomatic post in Libya that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. He said emails released this week showed the White House has withheld documents from congressional investigators and begged the question, "What else about Benghazi is the Obama administration still hiding from the American people." (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File) (11 Apr 2011)

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