Lawmakers cite denied security requests for Benghazi

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It also may see some Democrats attempting to point a finger at Republicans. Last week, The Washington Times reported that the attack in Benghazi had followed two years of major cuts by Congress to State Department funding for embassy construction and diplomatic security.

Mr. Issa’s inquiry will join at least four others into the attack:

• As required by federal law, Mrs. Clinton has convened a special panel to report on security prior to the attack, choosing veteran diplomat Thomas Pickering to head it. The aim of the Accountability Review Board is to “determine whether there were deficiencies for which people should be held accountable,” said former State Department troubleshooter James Dobbins, and recommend “further [security] measures that need to be implemented.”

• The State Department’s acting Inspector General Harold W. Geisel, has said he is developing a “scope of work” plan for his own inquiry, launched at the urging of Sens. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut independent, and Susan M. Collins, Maine Republican.

• The FBI has launched a criminal inquiry and dispatched agents to Libya, but for security reasons the bureau is not disclosing how many or where they have been sent. Libyan officials have said the FBI team is still in Tripoli. A U.S. official told The Times on Tuesday that the bureau was working through security and protocol issues.

• Libyan criminal authorities have launched an investigation, Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammed Abdel Aziz said in Tripoli on Tuesday. But he said there was no final agreement with the United States about how Libyan investigators would work with their American counterparts. “Hopefully, in the coming days, we will reach an agreement as to how the [U.S.] team will work with the Libyan team,” he said after meeting with U.S. officials.

• This article is based in part on wire service reports.

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Shaun Waterman

Shaun Waterman

Shaun Waterman is an award-winning reporter for The Washington Times, covering foreign affairs, defense and cybersecurity. He was a senior editor and correspondent for United Press International for nearly a decade, and has covered the Department of Homeland Security since 2003. His reporting on the Sept. 11 Commission and the tortuous process by which some of its recommendations finally became ...

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