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McKeon Continues Benghazi Oversight

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In a letter delivered today to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, requested additional information to continue HASC oversight of the attack on U.S. Facilities and personnel in Benghazi, Libya. In the letter, Chairman McKeon asked the Pentagon to make personnel and information available as early as next week in briefings to the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, led by Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL).

In addition to requesting additional information on how the military was postured to respond to a crisis on September 11 2012, Chairman McKeon asked that the commanding officer of the Site Security Team for Tripoli during the Benghazi attack be made available to Members next week. Read the full letter here:

"In accordance with the House Armed Services Committee's responsibility to conduct oversight of the Department of Defense, today I have directed the subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations toconvene two or more transcribed member meetings on Benghazi. Though we havereceived some cooperation from the Pentagon on the timeline of the Benghaziterrorist attacks, several important questions are still unanswered.

"Questions still remain regarding orders issued to a site security team that was in-country. This Committee is also continuing our inquiries into the size, scope, scale, and readiness of U.S.military assets in the region. I have also repeated my request to Secretary Hagel to provide the classified timeline of the attacks, which was denied to this Committee on May 8, 2013.

"There is no reasonable justification to keep this information from the Congress. As such, I have directed Congressman Roby and the O&I Subcommittee to continue in their pursuit of information vital to this committee's oversight function."


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