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Chairman-Elect Royce Reacts to Benghazi ARB Report


Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), incoming Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Chairman of the Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade Subcommittee, issued the following statement in response to the Accountability Review Board (ARB) report examining the Benghazi terrorist attack on September 11, 2012.

"After meeting with the Accountability Review Board, I'm not surprised at all that these three State Department officials have resigned. I'm only surprised that it took this long.

"In this day and age, with radical ideologies and weapons spreading, there is no excuse for a leadership failure like this. It is simply unacceptable.

"Looking to the next Congress, the House Foreign Affairs Committee has much work to do to dig deeper and correct the management deficiencies at the State Department to make our diplomats more secure."

"Two State Department deputies will fill-in for Secretary Clinton tomorrow. We look forward to her testimony in the new Congress."

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