November 6th, 2013
08:55 PM ET

Lawmakers have unanswered questions on attack at U.S. embassy

(CNN) - A week before Congress is expected to finally hear from CIA contractors on the ground in Libya during the deadly Benghazi attacks, a Republican member said it is long overdue the American public learn the truth of "the murky events of September 11, 2012," that left a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans dead.

"We know what the senior people have said but we don't know what the people who were on the ground are going to say and we need to get those answers," Rep. Devin Nunes (R-California) told CNN by phone Wednesday.

Congressman: Benghazi questions need answers, or more steps needed

In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner sent Wednesday, Nunes said if questions remain unanswered or "if some answers differ substantially from the established narrative and timeline of the attack, then it would be warranted to take new measures to complete the investigation and synthesize the information obtained by the Intelligence Committees and other committees investigating the Benghazi attack."


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  1. Joan

    Now that the CBS story from a so-called witness at Benghazi has been discredited, how does this affect Issa's latest "witch hunt" investigation? What is the party affiliation of this "witness"? What were his motives? If the most likely Democrat to run in 2016 had not been the Secretary of State at the time, do you think there would be this much scrutiny? Not on your life and every sensible person knows that. The Republicans are not getting the answers they want so they are continuing to spend precious time and money trying to dig up something they can exaggerate and use to stoke the base. Unfortunately a certain element of the media is enabling them. In the end it will be a non scandal just like the IRS and other "bombshells"

    November 8, 2013 at 10:12 am | Reply
  2. anonymous99

    I think it is actually obvious what happened in Benghazi, and has been for some time. When the incident first occurred, I looked up the State Dept directory to see who all was at the "consulate in Benghazi" that the media was then talking about, and discovered that there is/was no consulate in Benghazi. I can't believe that the media would not have also checked this directory, since journalists would have been looking for people to talk to. – and yet the media continued to refer to a "consulate" that didn't exist.

    What we had in Benghazi was clearly a CIA operation – and I don't say that in the conspiracy theorist sense of the phrase but in the real-world these-folks-have-a-job-to-do sense. Since these folks are American citizens, the ambassador became concerned for their welfare in the face of some indication of impending threat, and the other three individuals killed were involved in turn out of concern for the ambassador.

    But the problem of what assets to call in and, subsequently the problem of what to reveal publicly, was dictated by the reality of a CIA operation suddenly getting much too much public scrutiny – keeping in mind that the problem with democracy is that it is impossible to "inform the nation" without informing non-American allies and opponents as well.

    Unfortunately the story took on a momentum of its own, so that now no one can climb down. Some people may not want to climb down because money (CBS?) or political advantage or simply saving face have gotten into the mix. But I hope folks wouldn't insiste on knowing – say – the location the D-Day forces will be landing on June 6, 1944; just saying, we do need to accept that some things will not be talked about.

    November 7, 2013 at 8:28 am | Reply

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