- The Washington Times - Monday, May 6, 2013

Rep. Jason Chaffetz said the witnesses who are due to testify on Benghazi, Libya, on Wednesday have been intimidated by the Obama administration to such degree that they’re terrified.

“There are people who want to testify that have been suppressed,” he said, during a Fox News appearance on Sunday. “They’re scared to death of what the State Department is doing with them.”

He also referred specifically to foreign service officer Gregory Hicks, and said “he was being suppressed a little bit, and we need to hear from him,” in a Politico report.

On Monday, Mr. Chaffetz — a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that’s hosting the hearing this week — said on “Fox & Friends” that the media has “dropped the ball” on uncovering the true events that occurred in the attacks on America’s facility in Benghazi that left four dead, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

He also said on Monday’s “Fox & Friends” that the hearings would likely show that the U.S. military could have responded to the attacks in a timely manner, but was told to “stand down,” and that the White House administration worked hard to obscure this fact.

“We were certainly misled at every step of the way,” Mr. Chaffetz said.

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