October 9th, 2012
08:43 PM ET

Rep. Cummings: GOP withholding information on Libya

In a major about-face on the attack in Libya, a senior state department official has confirmed there were no protests outside the U.S. consulate the night of September 11th leading up to the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

Officials say there was no unrest outside the compound walls prior to the attack which is a contradiction to the initial version of events we heard from U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice.

The new details come on the eve of a congressional hearing on Capitol Hill, which is looking into the so-called "security failures" that preceded the attack in Benghazi.

But will politics get in the way of the investigation? Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) in the ranking member of the house committee on Oversight and Government reform and he is OutFront tonight.

U.S. official sought more security for Benghazi post

The State Department's top security official in Libya asked for extra security for the consulate in Benghazi in the months before the diplomatic post was overrun in a deadly attack but received no response from superiors, according to documents obtained by CNN.

The disclosure comes ahead of a congressional hearing on Wednesday on the armed assault that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans on September 11. U.S. intelligence believes the incident was a terrorist act.



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  1. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Where are the WMDs? Are they still hidden in Crawford ranch? Tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians have died and more continue to die today in an illegitimate war fabricated by a republican lie and thousands of our soldiers have died as well. So I ask, when is the Bush Cabinet and the GOP going to answer for their war crimes agsinst humanity?

    October 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Reply

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