Correction: Benghazi Investigators story

continued from page 2

Question of the Day

Should Congress make English the official language of the U.S.?

View results

REP. JIM JORDAN:

The hard-charging conservative and occasional GOP leadership thorn has repeatedly pressed witnesses on Benghazi as a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Jordan has accused Clinton personally of trying to obstruct Congress’ investigation of Benghazi after a top aide asked for a department lawyer to be present when members of Congress spoke with U.S. diplomats in Tripoli after the attack.

The Ohio Republican said at a Heritage Foundation event this month there had been more than 200 security incidents in Libya before the Benghazi attack and that repeated requests for additional security were denied. When the attack happened, he said there was little effort to fight back. “Why weren’t we running to the sound of the guns?” Jordan asked.

Jordan, 50, said he wanted to know who started the narrative that Benghazi wasn’t a terrorist attack and has said in the past Republicans would like to have Rice testify about the matter.

___

REP. MIKE POMPEO:

The 50-year-old Kansas congressman similarly has focused on the talking points. In May 2013, he said the State Department and White House produced a document that “didn’t reflect the reality on the ground as they knew it at the time.” He accused “political” actors of withholding intelligence from the public.

“Were we misled?” Pompeo asked Morell at the hearing. “No,” Morell responded. “I have a different view,” Pompeo shot back.

___

REP. PETER ROSKAM

A confidant of Boehner, the congressman from Illinois has been less vocal about Benghazi than many of his colleagues. He may have less motivation to criticize the administration for the wording of its unclassified Benghazi talking points. Two days before the talking points were drafted, Roskam issued his own statement condemning the attacks. Roskam, 52, blamed “violent extremists” and not “terrorists” for the anti-American unrest in Libya, Egypt and elsewhere.

___

REP. SUSAN BROOKS:

The Indiana freshman also has been among the more reserved on Benghazi. The 53-year-old former Bush administration appointee who served six years as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana has said of the attack: “Until we have all the facts, we don’t believe that justice has really been served.”

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
TWT Video Picks