Darrell Issa | Serving California's 49th District

Benghazi Update

April 26, 2013

On September 11, 2012, our diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya was attacked by terrorists who murdered four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.

On Tuesday, five House Committees – Armed Services, Judiciary, Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight and Government Reform – released a 43-page report of the investigations surrounding the deadly attacks.

As Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, I held a hearing on October 10, 2012, that began the investigation of who in the Administration was responsible for denying security requests from diplomats serving in Libya as well as pre-attack State Department knowledge of terrorist operations in Benghazi.  We have been tireless in our efforts to hold the government accountable for the security of Americans serving our country abroad.

This much is clear, the White House and State Department officials have attempted to suppress information about errors and reckless misjudgments that led to the death of four brave Americans.

The American people deserve to have the full truth about what happened both before and after the attacks in Benghazi.  I will convene an Oversight Committee hearing next month to examine new facts about what happened and significant problems with the Administration’s own review of security failures.

While President Obama and his administration may be inclined to give free passes to senior officials who failed to meet their responsibilities in protecting our citizens abroad, my Committee will work to expose what they did and hold them accountable to you, the American people, to ensure that it does not happen again.

To read the 43-page report on Benghazi, please click here.
For more on my Committee’s Benghazi hearings next month, please click here.
For more on my Committee’s October 2012 hearing on Benghazi, please click here.