October 19th, 2012
08:36 PM ET

House GOP, Paul Ryan slam Obama on Libya: White House is "stonewalling" on Libya

The attack on the Libyan consulate continues to be under severe speculation; as the administration attempts to clarify the investigation.

State department documents released by a pair of Republican Congressman who are challenging President Obama's stance on Libya show Ambassador Christopher Stevens was distressed with the situation in Benghazi.

Analysis: Five weeks on, confusion and contradictions on Benghazi suspects

On September 11–the day the ambassador and three other Americans were killed at the Libyan consulate–Stevens signed a three-page cable noting concern over security and warnings of an Al Qaeda presence.

Congressman Elijah Cummings, ranking Democrat on the House committee on Oversight and government reform wrote a letter firing back at his GOP colleagues for the release of recent documents on the Benghazi attack.

"... your letter completely ignores sworn testimony provided to the Committee, recklessly omits contradictory information from the very same documents it quotes, irresponsibly promotes inaccurate information, and makes numerous allegations with no evidence to substantiate them," said Rep. Cummings.

At the State Department briefing on Friday, spokeswoman Victoria Nuland declined to comment on published reports that claim the CIA told the administration on the day after the Benghazi attacks that the murders were an act of terrorism.

On Friday, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan called out Obama's handling of the Benghazi attacks on WTMJ. Ryan told the Milwaukee radio station's "The Charlie Sykes Show" that Obama's "response has been inconsistent, it's been misleading."

OutFront tonight: Nicholas Burns, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO and Peter Brookes and fmr. Deputy Asst. Secretary of Defense.

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