Oversight Still Looking for Answers on Benghazi

State Dept. has yet to turn over information

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• February 13, 2013 12:05 pm

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s letter to the State Department requesting information on the United States consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya, went unanswered, according to a GOP aide.

"We haven’t got any information," the aide told the Free Beacon. "[We] haven’t gotten anything requested in the letter or anything."

Oversight sent the letter on Jan. 28, requesting information be sent no later than Feb. 11. The committee received a confirmation of the letter on Feb. 12, which said the State Department is "working on it."

The letter, signed by House Oversight chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.), as well as Foreign Affairs chairman Edward Royce (R., Calif.) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah), requested the information after reviewing the Accountability Review Board’s (ARB) findings and determining the report "did not address some important questions about the attacks in Benghazi."

"The report also did not address the reasons why under secretary Patrick F. Kennedy apparently withdrew the security support team from Libya despite multiple warnings from Amb. Christopher Stevens of a deteriorating security situation," the letter said.

The letter requested emails, cables, and all forms of communication by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, deputy secretary William Burns, deputy secretary for management and resources Thomas Nides, and undersecretary for management Patrick F. Kennedy. The letter also requested video footage of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack.