Benghazi Is Just The Latest Long, Pricey Government Probe
Federal investigations often take a lot of time and money; the Benghazi Committee is just the latest example.By Matt Picht | October 20, 2015
The House Select Committee on Benghazi has been running for about one year and five months now, and it's spent about $4.6 million investigating the 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. That's a lot. But it's not nearly as much as some other notable political probes. (Videos via C-SPAN, Congressman Trey Gowdy)
Let's start with maybe the most famous — the Watergate Committee. Created to probe President Richard Nixon's cover-up of the Watergate hotel break-ins, the committee's hearings became something of a national spectacle thanks to continuous TV coverage. (Videos via PBS, C-SPAN)
The committee managed to extract key testimonies from several witnesses, including White House counsel John Dean III and Nixon's deputy assistant Alexander Butterfield. Of course, it eventually prompted Nixon to resign, though he was pardoned of all wrongdoing by his successor, Gerald Ford.