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Gohmert's Statement on Benghazi Whistleblower Hearing


Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement today regarding the Benghazi Whistleblower hearings in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee:

"This hearing on Capitol Hill today is not only important, it is absolutely critical. The valiant whistleblowers' testimonies shed light on details that have been covered-up time and time again by this administration. To believe what this administration is telling us, one would have to believe that the greatest military in the world could not have gotten a plane to Benghazi for 20 hours, when I have traveled from Andrews Air Force Base here near Washington, DC clear past Libya to Jordan in less than half that time.

It became abundantly clear today that the American people have not gotten the truth about Benghazi but actually were lied to about what happened and about what was known during and immediately after the terrorist attack on our Consulate. Gregory Hicks, at the time the deputy chief of mission for the U.S. embassy in Libya, testified that Special Operations troops on the way to Benghazi were ordered to stand down as our people were fighting for their very lives. The statement by the military officer upon receiving the "stand down" order was, paraphrasing, that this was a case in which the diplomat in Libya had more testicular fortitude than the military officer who ordered him to stand down. It is now vital that we find out who gave that order and why.

Perhaps the most tragic thing that came out today was that as two former Navy SEALS were fighting to defend our American personnel there on the rooftop in Benghazi, they were doing so without the support of the administration that sent them to Libya. The American people deserve the truth. The families of our brave Navy SEALS and diplomatic personnel who were brutally murdered deserve to know the truth. As was brought out at the hearing, deaths during the Clinton administration resulted in findings that could have prevented the four American deaths in Benghazi if they had been followed, but the lesson was not learned. What we learned today also was that it DOES make a difference what happened in Benghazi and that we must get to that truth if we have any chance of preventing it from happening again. We dishonor the memory of our patriots' with what has passed for an investigation by this administration.

It is my hope and prayer that as these hearings continue, the truth will completely come to light, and the sunlight will be a great disinfectant."

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