Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) issued a statement Tuesday on the release of an interim progress report of the investigation surrounding the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya:
"Like many of us, I am frustrated by the deliberate pace of the five House committees investigating the Benghazi attacks that left four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, dead.
Tragically, the early findings released today by those committees have found a lack of transparency and forthrightness at the highest levels within the Administration.
Evidence shows a reduction in security levels prior to the attack were approved by multiple levels within the State Department, including by former Secretary Hilary Clinton, contradicting previous testimony. Similarly, in the days following the attacks White House and high ranking State Department officials altered accurate talking points provided by the Intelligence Community in order to protect this Department.
These troubling findings highlight the need for continued investigation and oversight.
The American people deserve answers as to what happened in this attack as well as what was done, or what could have been done to protect American lives. To that end I have co-sponsored a House bill to form an investigative committee to get to the bottom of this incident.
The same way I will receive a classified briefing today on the terrorist attacks in Boston, the administration and government agencies should be accountable and transparent in their handling of Benghazi."