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Rep. Salmon Questions Secretary Clinton on Benghazi Attacks

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Location: Washington, DC

Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, questioned Secretary Clinton during a hearing of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs regarding the attack on the U.S. Temporary Mission Facility in Benghazi.

Excerpts from Rep. Salmon below:
"I am troubled by what seems to be this Administration's pattern of misleading the American people and failing to hold decision makers accountable...

"From Operation Fast and Furious where Attorney General Eric Holder has repeatedly misled the American people and Congress about an international gun walking scheme to UN Secretary Susan Rice who on 5 separate occasions went before the American people days after the attacks on Benghazi talking about a "demonstration' at the facility that never happened and was not even suggested in any of the reports and information coming from Benghazi.

"The purpose of this hearing is to find out how to ensure another Benghazi never happens again. I would hope that we would include the aftermath of the tragedy as well. How do we make sure that such gross misrepresentations of attacks made on Americans never happen again?

"A couple of other questions, I know you have put the four individuals identified as culpable by the Accountability Review Board (ARB) on administrative leave, what do you anticipate will be the final resolution of their status with the Department? …

"President Truman had a placard on his desk that said "The Buck Stops Here'. I know you've taken responsibility and I applaud you for that but I really hope this is not just an exercise where in finding lower level bureaucrats that we can throw under the bus and actually get somewhere with this. It's not a game of gotcha, but how can we fix this for the future. I yield back."


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