U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), a member of the Senate's Select Committee on Intelligence and Foreign Relations Committee, and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), a member of the Senate's Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement regarding the State Department's intention of pursuing an internal investigation of the Benghazi consulate terrorist attack:
"We are concerned by the State Department's stated desire to conduct its own internal investigation into the Benghazi terrorist attack. While we believe the State Department has many dedicated professionals, the fact that it lacks a full-time inspector general in the first place is an impediment to reaching the full truth.
"As we warned earlier this year, the president's failure to fill several inspector general vacancies throughout the administration has now come back to haunt us. These individuals are responsible for getting to the bottom of things when problems arise, yet the president has allowed several of these positions to remain unfilled, including at the State Department. At a time when the American people deserve a thorough investigation into the murder of four Americans during a terrorist attack against our consulate, our investigative capabilities have been exposed for having a critical position vacant since 2008."