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Sept. 11 Attacks in Benghazi, Libya

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Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2012, on our diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, the administration has been less than candid about our security situation there and what really occurred that night. I have pressed for additional information from the administration since it first became clear that Congress and the American people we were not getting straight answers from them.

On Sept. 19, 2012, I joined my colleagues in the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in urging the State Department to provide more information on the attacks, including information on the intelligence U.S. authorities had before the attacks. On Sept. 25, 2012, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and I, sent a letter to Sec. Clinton at the U.S. State Department requesting all communication relevant to the security situation in Benghazi, including cables and e-mails. On Oct. 3, we sent another letter to Sec. Clinton following up on our request and renewing our demand for more details regarding the increasing threats and security concerns preceding the attack. On Oct. 27, Sen. Corker and I called on President Obama to "come clean" and to order his administration to fully disclose all communications relevant to the security situation in Benghazi. On Nov. 2, we sent another follow-up letter to Sec. Clinton, and on Wednesday, I attended the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's classified briefing.

On Thursday, I appeared on Fox News to discuss this issue and the role United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice played in disseminating information on behalf of the administration pertaining to this attack. The president should come forward and tell us the facts: what we knew, when we knew it and why we weren't prepared to protect our ambassador in a very important and dangerous part of the world. We must get answers. We cannot allow this to happen again, and we must restore trust with our diplomats engaged around the world.


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