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Burgess Presses Obama Administration on Inconsistent Libya Statements


Location: Washington, DC

Yesterday, Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (TX-26), sent a letter to President Obama regarding the erroneous statements made by officials of the Obama administration regarding the attack on the United States consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

"Following the attack, several administration officials inaccurately stated that the assault was a result of an Internet video, when in fact it was a terrorist attack," said Dr. Burgess. "President Obama and his administration have made no effort to clarify their miscommunication, and have failed to provide any information on what exactly transpired. The release of such incomplete information drives improper conclusions, misdirects anger, and could lead to policy changes that would undermine our diplomatic and military efforts abroad."

The assault, which happened on September 11th, was also the 11th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on America. It lasted nearly four hours, and resulted in the deaths of United States Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and diplomatic security officers and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods.

"On September 20th, Secretary Clinton, and Director Clapper of the National Intelligence briefed Members of Congress, but critical questions were not answered or were deflected," said Dr. Burgess. "This administration has not been forthcoming. We deserve better, and the four Americans who lost their lives deserve better."

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