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Demanding the Truth

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. JOHNSON of Ohio. Mr. Speaker, just over 100 days ago, four Americans were murdered in cold blood during coordinated terrorist attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. These attacks were premeditated acts of war on America and the American way of life, committed by terrorists with ties to al Qaeda.

This week, the Obama administration released a report as to exactly what happened surrounding these terrorist attacks. This report confirmed what we already knew: there was no protest outside the consulate on September 11. It also cites systemic failures in Embassy security, putting in danger the lives of every person at the compound in Benghazi.

This report is an important step towards stopping another attack on America and American initiates overseas. But one thing remains clear: serious mistakes were made by senior officials here in Washington. Those mistakes cost American lives. There must be accountability.

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