Issa Promises To Expand Benghazi Probe To Examine Kerry's Decision Not To Discipline Any Officials
Yesterday, the Daily Beast reported that Secretary of State John Kerry cleared four State Department employees who had been put on leave last December by then Sec of State Hillary Clinton over Benghazi mistakes.
A senior State Department official confirmed to The Daily Beast Monday that all four officials placed on administrative leave were now returned to regular duty and would not face any formal disciplinary action. The administrative leave designation was not a formal punishment, but did prevent the officials from working while the Kerry team, which inherited the Benghazi issue from the Clinton team in February, reviewed their cases.
It's now official - no one but the whistleblowers have paid any kind of price for the screw-ups that led to the attack on September 11, 2012 that killed our ambassador and 3 others brave Americans.
House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa fired off a statement this morning blasting Kerry’s decision not to pursue discipline for any officials in the Benghazi probe and promising to expand the Oversight Committee's investigation.
“Obama administration officials repeatedly promised the families of victims and the American people that officials responsible for security failures would be held accountable. Instead of accountability, the State Department offered a charade that included false reports of firings and resignations and now ends in a game of musical chairs where no one misses a single day on the State Department payroll. It is now clear that the personnel actions taken by the Department in response to the Benghazi terrorist attacks was more of a public relations strategy than a measured response to a failure in leadership.
“In the course of our investigation, the Oversight Committee learned that the State Department’s review of these four individuals did not include interviews with them or their supervisors to either substantiate or challenge allegations. The Oversight Committee will expand its investigation of the Benghazi terrorist attack to include how a supposed ‘Accountability Review Board’ investigation resulted in a decision by Secretary Kerry not to pursue any accountability from anyone.”