MARK LEVIN: Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve said it before but let me underscore this. We are in a constitutional crisis right now because we are any post-constitutional period. And under those circumstances, the leadership of the House of Representatives — forget about Harry Reid — the leadership of the House of Representatives must smartly and strategically, but it must, confront the president of the United States.
Now they’re not going to convene an impeachment hearing in the House Judiciary Committee. Whether we want them to or not, ain’t gonna happen. But there are things they can do, if they have the right committee, the right chairman of such a permanent subcommittee, the right members, and the right stand. There are things they can do. They don’t have to reinvent the wheel.
As an example, make it subpoena certain staffers who surround the president of the United States. The president of the United States can assert his privileges and seek to protect his staff. And then the matter can be brought to federal court. Just as it was during Watergate and Nixon. He won’t be the first time but I think it has to happen.
They must subpoena some of the people around the president. Get them under oath and demand answers. Number two. They should interrogatories to the president of the United States. Interrogatories to the president of the United States and ask him a number of questions about the various scandals, but let’s focus on Benghazi.
There is no reason on this earth that we the people of the United States have no idea what this president did for eight to ten hours after the attack on our consulate. He refuses to present himself for a long enough period of time and to accept questions about that one issue. He refuses. What did he do? Where was he? They should send him a interrogatories and they should demand answers.
If the president of the United States refuses to comply and provide a response, they should go to federal court and seek to compel his answers and let the chips fall where they may. And take it all the way to the Supreme Court if they must. It’s not enough for these people to run on the Sunday shows, to run on FOX, to come on talk radio and beat their chests. It’s simply not enough anymore.
The reason — we already knew it, but the reason now that we have ironclad evidence that this administration lied about the videotape involving Benghazi is because of a lawsuit brought by judicial Watch under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
But ladies and gentlemen Congress has an independent responsibility under our constitution. In this post-constitutional period where we are facing a crisis. An imperial president who is thumbing his nose at the American people, at the other branches of government, his attorney general doing exactly the same thing, his staff doing exactly the same thing.
The House of Representatives under this Speaker of the House has been passive. That’s not to say certain chairman haven’t tried, they don’t have the tools. They don’t have the staff. They don’t have the resources. They don’t have the expertise. They are also facing obstructions from the Democrats. Let me refocus. We don’t need to talk about a select committee anymore. The United States Senate has a permanent subcommittee on investigation.
The House of Representatives should tear a page from their book, create exactly the same thing for this broad power with enormous resources, with a seriously professional investigative and prosecutorial staff. And with a broad swath of investigative power issuing subpoenas followed up in court. Send in interrogatories to the president the United States and get to the bottom of this and let the chips fall where they may. (Mark Levin Show, May 1, 2014)