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Gohmert calls for a special prosecutor to investigate Benghazi

While some call for a special committee, Gohmert is advocating another Watergate-era tactic to get to the truth.

While Senate Republicans call for a “Watergate-style” special joint committee to probe the administration‚??s failure to prevent American deaths in Benghazi, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) is advocating another tactic employed in the famous scandal: the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate.

Backed by a 100,000-signature petition presented by conservative military organization Special Operations Speaks, Gohmert made his case at a Thursday press conference outside the Capitol.

‚??We need to know when the commander-in-chief became aware that the people that were dying under his command were actually out there needing help. We need to have answers,‚?Ě he said.

Famously, Congress appointed Archibald Cox as special independent prosecutor in the Watergate scandal. Since then, the statute governing such appointments has expired, but Gohmert noted that the move was still possible in cases with suspected conflicts of interest.

‚??For heaven‚??s sakes, you have the FBI investigating the CIA. You have CIA issues about truthfulness,‚?Ě he said.

Gohmert told Human Events in an interview that he wasn‚??t sure who in the administration might be indicted in such an investigation, but said it was important to put the force of criminal punishment and jail time behind official examination of security errors or misinformation surrounding the Benghazi tragedy.

A joint select committee, Gohmert said, did not have that kind of authority.

‚??They do not have the threat of putting someone in jail if a crime has been committed,‚?Ě he said.

In Watergate, both measures–the committee and the prosecutor–were used to investigate the alleged wrongdoing of the Richard Nixon administration.

Gohmert said he plans to bring his proposal to the attention of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) when Congress returns after the Thanksgiving holiday.

‚??We had people in harm‚??s way on behalf of this nation,‚?Ě he said. ‚??They were under threat of death. Help was not forthcoming. And we got a cover-up, pure and simple.‚?Ě

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Hope Hodge first covered military issues for the Daily News of Jacksonville, N.C., where her beat included the sprawling Marine Corps base, Camp Lejeune. During her two years at the paper, she received investigative reporting awards for exposing a former Marine who was using faked military awards to embezzle disability pay from the government and for breaking news about the popularity of the designer drug Spice in the ranks. Her work has also appeared in The American Spectator, New York Sun, WORLD Magazine, and The Washington Post. Hodge was born near Boston, Mass., where she grew up as a lover of Revolutionary War history and fall foliage. She also discovered a love of politics and policy as a grassroots volunteer and activist on Beacon Hill. She graduated in 2009 with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from The King's College in New York City, where she served as editor-in-chief of her school newspaper and worked as a teaching assistant when not freelancing or using student discounts to see Broadway shows. Hope‚??s email is