August 7th, 2013
06:00 PM ET

"The Truth about Benghazi": An Erin Burnett OutFront Special Investigation

Nearly a year after the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, CNN’s Erin Burnett looks back at the night that took the lives of four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens. With special reports from CNN senior international correspondent Arwa Damon and chief national correspondent John King, Burnett revisits the night of the attack, the U.S. military response, the latest on the investigation, and the political firestorm in Washington D.C.

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In the special, Arwa Damon returns to Benghazi and interviews one of the suspects in the attack – Ahmed Abu Khattala – who has yet to be interviewed by the U.S. government. Damon’s reporting has caused outrage among many GOP lawmakers who asked in a letter sent to FBI Director James Comey "How come the FBI isn't doing this and yet CNN is?"

Return to Benghazi: Questions unanswered

In addition to Damon’s interview, Burnett speaks to the families of Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith and Ambassador Stevens.

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  1. Peace

    Best report with the national media and just sorry they aren't caught and what's being done about that ? The administration lied and Obama was running for President. Hillary totally screwed up and should have never gone along with the cover up.

    February 11, 2014 at 12:10 pm | Reply
  2. SouthPawM00SE

    This was one of the best pieces of journalism I've seen in a long time, factual and bringing up some point about the shadiness of the whole mess. "in the end politics trumped patriotism", Boom goes the dynamite I say. well done!

    August 19, 2013 at 7:43 am | Reply
  3. Richard A. Holderman

    I was surprised at the unbiased and in depth coverage of Benghazi. I am an independent and like many I consider CNN left leaning. However, the last words spoken by Erin Burnett was that there was a problem about the desire by Republicans for revenge. The entire program did not show any such motive but simply showed the extreme difficulty in finding out the truth when the administration has the intention, power, and ability to withhold evidence and obfuscate information. Many Americans have not forgotten Erin's offhand derogatory remark about President George W.Bush.

    August 7, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Reply
  4. Alan Rathmacher

    Erin, Thank you for covering Bengazi. I thought investigative journalism was dead with CNN, but it was done well without the obvious covering the backside of obama because you believe in his adgenda! There was, is a coverup-it was done to get him reelected! Connect the dots.

    August 7, 2013 at 2:22 am | Reply
  5. Bill Fidurski

    Maintaining the hotbed that is AFRICOM without defensive strike capability is foolhardy, but, not knowing how long the Benghazi seige would last, the quickest response capability would have been from the two F-16 squadrons of the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Force Base, which are maintained "in a high state of readiness." The reported absence of tanker aircraft for refueling was a nonsensical excuse, because refueling capability would be available at the air base at Sigonella, Sicily which served as the F-16 staging area for the Libyan Air Campaign. The F-16 can function in dispersing crowds , and certainly could have taken out the terrorist mortar position, which was reportedly being laser targeted by the team on the Annex roof in anticipation of air support. Mostly, politics trumped the American miltary tradition – No Man Left Behind.

    August 7, 2013 at 12:12 am | Reply
  6. socal62

    It is tragic that four Americans were killed by terrorists in Benghazi. They are all hero's dying during service to their country. There is also personal risk when serving at an embassy worldwide and more so in the middle east and Africa. Personnel acknowledge this risk. How many armed troops do you place at each embassy? And is it enough? Do less threats make the embassy more secure? 9/11/01 and 9/11/12 have taught us that there is no such thing as a safe haven. I think that the key to the Benghazi attack is was the CIA's role. CNN made no mention of the CIA operatives that flew in from Tripoli (Glen Doherty) nor the role of the CIA in Benghazi. Was one of their goals to round up weapons to transfer to Syria? Did the administration cover up in Benghazi – No. The questions that haven't been answered are above the pay grade of American citizens as it should be.

    August 6, 2013 at 11:32 pm | Reply
  7. Sandra Williams

    Thank you CNN for honoring the lives of the four Americans lost in Benghazi. Many questions about the politics and timing around this awful act of terror. What took you so long???

    August 6, 2013 at 11:04 pm | Reply
  8. Gabby

    Good for you Erin Burnett – – I see Anderson Cooper doesn't want to touch it. It's about time the media focuses on this scandal – that was not a scandal until it was covered up. Witnesses are being threatened and their famiies. If you guys would talk about this every night like you did the Zimmerman trial, the cover-uo would be fully revealed and all the questions would be answered. It's hard to believe that a news person like yourself will be the one to finally question on the air a suspect in this terrorist attack? And not Eric Holder? Thank you for this report, I am telling all my friends.

    August 6, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Reply
  9. vol_in_socal

    Thanks CNN for rediscovering the art of investigative journalism. I'll watch.

    August 6, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Reply

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