The Honorable James Comey
Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20535-0001
Dear Director Comey:
We are pleased to hear that the United States government has finally filed charges against a number of suspects allegedly responsible for the murder of four brave Americans in Benghazi. Although filing charges is a step in the right direction, we are deeply troubled that the individuals who have the blood of Americans on their hands remain at large a year after the terrorist attack. We believe justice and America's national security interests demand that the FBI redouble its efforts to bring the terrorists into custody.
According to a September 9, 2013, New York Times article, the Obama administration has demonstrated an "unwillingness to pressure the Libyan government to make the arrests or allow American forces to do so..." We ask that you provide us an update on the FBI's interactions with the Libyan government.
If we encounter obstruction from the Libyan government, we expect the administration to make clear that future U.S. assistance to the Libyan government will depend on their willingness to work with us to bring the Benghazi terrorists into custody. If the Libyan government lacks information regarding the identity or whereabouts of the suspects-or lacks the capabilities to bring them into custody-we demand the U.S. government to provide whatever assistance is required.
We must not leave terrorists with the impression that they can kill Americans and escape the consequences. If we allow members of al Qaeda and affiliated groups who kill Americans to escape the consequences, it will result in more attacks on our citizens. Those who kill Americans must know that the U.S. government will do whatever is required to find them and bring them to justice.
A year ago today, terrorists took the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, and Tyrone Woods. There is nothing we can do to bring them back. However, the FBI can and must do more to bring their murderers to justice. Twelve months later, the families of these brave Americans are still waiting for justice-they should not have to wait a day longer.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if there is anything we can do to assist your efforts.