WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican congressman who will head a new probe of the Benghazi attack is suggesting he will re-examine all of the issues surrounding the attack -- including some questions that have long been dismissed by Democrats and even some senior Republicans.
For example, a House panel led by Republicans concluded months ago that the U.S. military couldn't have responded in time to save Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. But Congressman Trey Gowdy writes in "USA Today" that he wants to find out if the U.S. military response during the siege of the diplomatic post was "sufficient."
Democrats are considering a boycott of the select committee. The panel is expected to be formally approved when the Republican-led House votes this evening.
Democrats fear that their presence will add legitimacy to what they think will be a partisan forum. But they don't want to lose the ability to respond to Republican claims, and to provide cover for potential witnesses.
Republicans have made Benghazi a central plank in their strategy to take control of the Senate from Democrats in November.