Skip to comments.U.S. officials sought security before Libya attack: lawmakers
Posted on 10/02/2012 12:24:38 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials in Washington denied repeated requests from Americans in Libya for more security at the U.S. mission in Benghazi before last month's attack that killed four Americans there, two Republican lawmakers said on Tuesday.
U.S. Representatives Darrell Issa and Jason Chaffetz wrote a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton demanding details of the requests for more security - which they said were made amid numerous attacks on Westerners in Libya in recent months.
"Multiple U.S. federal government officials have confirmed to the committee that, prior to the September 11 attack, the U.S. mission in Libya made repeated requests for increased security in Benghazi," Issa and Chaffetz wrote.
"The mission in Libya, however, was denied these resources by officials in Washington," the Republican lawmakers said. Their letter did not include any details of the reported requests.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Clinton would respond later on Tuesday to the lawmakers' letter and tell them that she is willing to cooperate closely with Congress in investigating the attack in Benghazi.
"We share the same goal. We want to get to the bottom of precisely what happened and learn any lessons that we need to learn from it. We are taking this very, very seriously," Nuland said at a regular daily news briefing.
Separately, four U.S. officials have told Reuters they were aware that in the months before the Benghazi attack, some U.S. personnel in Libya had sent complaints to the State Department expressing concern about security at U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, particularly the compound where Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed.
Two of those officials said their understanding was that the department did not act on the complaints before the deadly attack in Benghazi.
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How’s that ‘soft power’ working out for ya , Hil?
Sounds and looks like Mogadishu
This one has me confused,, does Clinton get the bodycount or does Obama? .. do they just split it? The 3rd Clinton Term continues . God save the rest of our ambassadors from the 4th.
It's going to be interesting if fate dictates that the hammer has to drop on one or the other. Obama’s whole administration is riddled with Clinton drones.