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GOP Pushes Benghazi Investigation Forward

Lauren Madow |
May 9, 2013 | 4:07 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

House Speaker John Boehner has formally requested that President Obama release several e-mails written in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks on American facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

“Our committees’ interim report quotes specific e-mails where the White House and State Department insist on removing all references to a terrorist attack to protect the State Department from criticism for providing inadequate security,” Boehner stated at a news conference. 

Boehner's is the latest move in the GOP effort to reveal a high-level cover-up by White House and State Department officials. It comes one day after US diplomat George Hicks testified before Congress about his experience as the top-ranking American in Libya after Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was killed in the attacks. 

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Hicks alleged that after questioning the version of events offered by UN Ambassador Susan Rice, he was frozen out by the State Department. "The sense I got was that I needed to stop the line of questioning," he stated, according to the New York Times.

When he heard Rice draw a connection between the Benghazi attacks and an inflammatory YouTube video about Islam, Hicks said, he was "stunned. My jaw dropped and I was embarrassed."

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Of the campaign to expose a Democratic cover-up of terrorism in Benghazi, White House press secretary Jay Carney stated, "It is a simple fact that from the first hours of the Benghazi attack, there have been attempts by Republicans to politicize it."

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