State Dept: Our Cooperation On Benghazi 'Should Be Enough'

State Dept: Our Cooperation On Benghazi 'Should Be Enough'

When asked about a letter from Congressman Issa over the stonewalling of Benghazi witnesses and documents, State Department Acting Deputy Spokesman Patrick Ventrell lauded the Department’s “unprecedented” cooperation with Congress. When pressed about access to personnel familiar with the Benghazi security failures Ventrell said, “We think that we’ve done an independent investigation, that it’s been transparent, thorough, credible, and detailed, and that we’ve shared those findings with the U.S. Congress.” “And that should be enough?” a reporter asked. “And that should be enough,” Ventrell replied.

Transcript:

MR. VENTRELL: Right. But the appropriate avenue for investigation was the FBI, which interviewed these witnesses, and the independent ARB, which also did so, and that was the appropriate avenue to do so that would allow the information to come forward but do so in a way that protects these people as well.
QUESTION: I have another Libya question.
QUESTION: So that’s your answer to Elise, which is you regard Congress as an inappropriate vehicle for investigating at that level of granularity.
MR. VENTRELL: We think that we’ve done an independent investigation, that it’s been transparent, thorough, credible, and detailed, and that we’ve shared those findings with the U.S. Congress.
QUESTION: But I just don’t –
QUESTION: And that should be enough?
MR. VENTRELL: And that should be enough.

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