Sen. Tom Coburn said Thursday that the State Department has “real trouble” because of “glaring omission” in the information that it turned over to lawmakers in relation to the attacks in Benghazi that led to the death of a U.S. ambassador and three others at a consulate in Libya.
“I think the State Department has real trouble,” Mr. Coburn, a member of the Senate intelligence committee, said during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
The Oklahoma Republican, though, refused to elaborate any further on the subject.
“Having sat on the intelligence committee and seen the review of emails that went back and forth as they developed the list, there is are glaring problem there that will eventually come out, and I can’t talk about now, but there was an omission that was given to the intelligence committee,” he said.
The Washington Times reported Wednesday that Gregory Hicks, the State Department’s deputy chief of mission for the U.S. in Libya at the time of the Benghazi attacks, delivered an at times emotional account of the frantic series of events that led to the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks on the facility in eastern Libya that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans — State Department computer specialist Sean Smith and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods.
Mr. Hicks, Eric Nordstrom, regional security officer for the embassy in Libya until two months before the attack, and Mark Thompson, acting deputy assistant secretary for counterterrorism, said that the State Department probe was was incomplete.