The House Foreign Affairs Committee is not satisfied with the State Department’s report on the deadly terrorist attack against the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya last Septemeber, calling the Dept. of State’s Accountability Review Board (ARB) report “incomplete.”
According to a press release, three Congressional leaders sent a letter on Monday night to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, seeking documents related to the ARB report on the failures that led to the attack that resulted in the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
“Unfortunately, the ARB did not address some important questions about the attacks in Benghazi, which we believe may contain crucial lessons learned for other U.S. facilities abroad to follow,” the letter states, citing the board’s failure to interview the Secretary and key deputies, a lack of explanation for Under Secretary Patrick F. Kennedy’s apparent decision to withdraw the Security Support Team from Libya despite warnings from the late Ambassador Stevens and the decision to maintain an isolated outpost in Benghazi even with evidence of increasing violence in the area.
The letter is signed by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), (R-CA), House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), and House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT).
The chairmen are requesting all e-mails, cables, and memoranda received by the Secretary and her deputies related to security in Benghazi, documents reviewed by the ARB, and video of the September 11, 2012 attack on the Benghazi compound.