Three days before ending her tenure as secretary of state, congressional leaders are asking Hillary Clinton to turn over documents from top State Department officials relating to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
In a letter sent to Clinton yesterday, three Republicans asked Clinton to hand over all the e-mails, cables, and memoranda that she and her deputies received regarding to security in Benghazi; documents reviewed by the State Department's Accountability Review Board (ARB); as well as video of the September 11, 2012 attack on the Benghazi compound. The letter was signed by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., House Oversight and Government Reform Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.
Clinton testified on the events in Benghazi before Royce and other members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee last week.
Nevertheless, he and the other congressional leaders say they still have questions about the incident. "Unfortunately, the ARB did not address some important questions about the attacks in Benghazi, which we believe may contain crucial lessons learned for other U.S. facilities abroad to follow," their letter says.
The congressmen point out that the ARB never interviewed Clinton or her top officials about the attack. It also notes the lack of explanation for Under Secretary Patrick F. Kennedy's apparent decision to withdraw the Security Support Team from Libya.