Democrats on the House Benghazi Select Committee unveiled a website on Tuesday intended to answer questions about the 2012 attacks that left four Americans dead.
The website addresses
several of the questions posed by Republicans and other skeptics who claim the White House did not do everything it could to stop the attacks on the U.S. embassy in the Libyan city on Sept. 11, 2012.
Maryland Democrat Elijah E. Cummings, the ranking member of the committee, had a "Compendium of Investigative Resources" put together that explains the answers to more than 150 questions about the government's response to the attacks.
Below a brief list of questions in the executive summary of the compendium, the committee writes: "These and many other questions have already been answered. An independent Accountability Review Board and seven different congressional committees interviewed dozens of witnesses, reviewed tens of thousands of pages of documents, conducted numerous interviews and briefings, and held multiple hearings. These investigative bodies have issued nine separate classified and unclassified reports."
The 12-member panel includes seven Republicans and five Democrats, and is chaired by South Carolina Republican Trey Gowdy. Its 2014 budget, according to the Washington Post,
is $3.3 million. It was formed in May and is expected to exist into next year.
The Benghazi attacks left U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead. The siege, at the hands of militants, lasted 13 hours and several questions about the government's apparent slow response to the crisis have arisen. At the center of the controversy are Obama and his then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
In a book about the attacks, "13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi,"
commandos on the ground in Libya said they were told to "stand down" by the CIA station chief
there when radio calls for help at the U.S. Consulate came in. Five members of that Annex Security Team co-wrote the book with author Mitchell Zuckoff.
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