- Associated Press - Friday, May 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a story May 18 and May 19 about Republican members of the new House Select Committee on Benghazi, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, had asserted that the State Department rejected more than 200 requests for additional security before the deadly Benghazi attack. Jordan’s comments were incorrectly characterized. He spoke of more than 200 security incidents in Libya before the attack.

A corrected version of the story is below:

GOP Benghazi team brings long list of accusations

GOP Benghazi team starts probe with long list of accusations of administration wrongdoing

By DONNA CASSATA and BRADLEY KLAPPER

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans hoping to ride their Benghazi investigation to a November election sweep have entrusted a seven-member team with “getting to the truth,” in the words of House Speaker John Boehner, about whether the Obama administration misled Americans about the deadly attack in Libya.

They insist the investigation isn’t political.

But several GOP members of the new House Select Committee on Benghazi have made claims about administration wrongdoing. Some have participated in previous investigations into how the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three other Americans were killed on Sept. 11, 2012, and how the administration responded.

Democrats have yet to say if they’ll participate in what will be the eighth investigation since the attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in the eastern Libyan city.

Republicans say they need to find out why security was insufficient, what the president did the night of the attack, why the U.S. military didn’t intervene, why initial explanations focused on a protest over a YouTube video and whether the administration deliberately sought to hide evidence about its conduct.

Some of the more contentious arguments made by the GOP members:

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CHAIRMAN TREY GOWDY:

The second-term tea partyer and former prosecutor from South Carolina said two weeks ago there is evidence of a “cover-up.” He cited a recently released email by White House national security communications aide Ben Rhodes.

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