The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today stating that they have concluded an investigation into the murders at the Libyan mission and will begin a hearing into the matter.
The letter states that based on information provided by people with direct knowledge of the events surrounding the murder of Ambassador Stevens, the attack on 9/11 was the latest in a long line of attacks prior to 9/11 and it was “clearly never, as Administration officials once insisted, the result of a popular protest.”
“In addition, the U.S. mission in Libya made repeated requests for increased security in Benghazi. The mission in Libya, however, was denied these resources by officials in Washington.”
Thirteen alarming attacks since April are listed in the letter, indicating a pattern of extraordinary neglect by the State Department in the face of imminent threats.
Ambassador Stevens had faced threats while in Tripoli. He often took an early-morning jog around the Libyan capital with his security detail, but in June, “a posting on a pro-Gaddafi Facebook page trumpeted these runs and directed a threat against Ambassador Stevens along with a stock photo of him.”
The State Department knew Ambassador Stevens was a target or they should have known.
The letter asks for a briefing from Secretary Clinton on: whether the State Department was aware of the attacks and if not, why not; what measures were taken to match the level of threat to the level of security; and to provide details of requests made to the State Department for security at Benghazi with the corresponding responses.
The letter was signed by Chairman Darrel Issa and Subcommittee Chairman, Jason Chaffetz.
Secretary Clinton will respond today.