Frank Wolf: If Congress Didn't Know About CIA Annex in Benghazi, Who Did?

Frank Wolf: If Congress Didn't Know About CIA Annex in Benghazi, Who Did?

Congressman Frank Wolf (R – VA), author of legislation to create a Select Committee on Benghazi, is raising new questions about why top congressional officials did not know the CIA was stationed in Benghazi before an attack there left four Americans dead.

“If Congress didn’t know and [United States African Command (AFRICOM)] and its commander didn’t know, then who did?  Was the annex created at the direction of the White House?  And if so, just who in the White House was coordinating the operation?” Wolf asked in a statement.

The retiring Virginia congressman is responding to comments from Senator Dianne Feinstein (D – CA), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, to Breitbart News Monday. Feinstein, asked whether she knew about the CIA annex in Benghazi before the attakcs, said “no.”

Feinstein also said she “can’t answer” if other members of Congress had any knowledge of the annex before the attack.

“Do you believe that?” Congressman Darrell Issa (R – CA), Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, questioned, when asked by Breitbart News about Feinstein’s response on the CIA annex. “The presence of an annex now having been openly declared, according to Hillary Clinton, as CIA to me was known. I’m actually rather incredulous that she would say she didn’t know [about the annex].” 

Issa has chaired hearings related to the Benghazi attack in 2013, but Wolf continues to lead the call on forming a Select Committee to investigate the terror assault on the U.S. compound in Benghazi. 

“It’s time to find out who stood up the annex and what was going on there.  It’s time for a Select Committee to break down jurisdictional barriers, hold public hearings and subpoena witnesses, including senior staff at the Defense Department, State Department, CIA and the White House,” Wolf says in his statement pointing out that the New Jersey’s Senate and Assembly “merged their separate inquiries into the George Washington Bridge controversy to form a unified select investigative committee” already. 

Wolf’s measure to create a House Select Committee on Benghazi, H. Res. 36, currently has 181 cosponsors and has been endorsed by The American Legion, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal, respected national security leaders, like former Attorney General Mukasey, as well as some of the family members of the Benghazi victims.