Released by the office of U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling
WASHINGTON – Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) issued the following statement today following a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s hearing that brought to light significant new information about the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the killing of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. At the hearing, three witnesses with knowledge of the situation in Benghazi before, during, and after the attack provided testimony that differs substantially from the official account produced by the Obama Administration’s Accountability Review Board.
“It is important that the American people are told the truth regarding last September’s tragic assault on Americans serving our county in Libya. Unfortunately, in this matter, the Obama Administration’s apparent intimidation of potential whistleblowers and continued obstruction remains counterproductive.
“From the testimony of Gregory Hicks, former Deputy Chief of Mission and Ambassador Stevens’s second-in-command in Libya, and other witnesses who testified at yesterday’s hearing, we know that several aspects of the administration’s account of the Benghazi attack were wrong or misleading—from administration officials seeking to ‘scrub’ the terrorist connection from its talking points about Benghazi by characterizing the incident as a spontaneous demonstration in response to a YouTube video, to the assertion that the U.S military was not in a position to respond soon enough that night. The latter is made even more tragic by Hicks’s testimony that military assets attempting to respond to the Benghazi attack were told to stand down, when timely U.S. military action might have been able to save American lives.
“While these witnesses were able to shed some important light on the events surrounding Benghazi, unanswered questions remain. The American people deserve the truth and the Obama Administration owes us answers. I applaud Chairman Issa for holding yesterday’s hearing and the chairman of the other four committees of jurisdiction for continuing their rigorous investigation into these tragic events.”