The Pentagon is dragging its feet on a months-old request for information about the 2012 terror attack on a U.S. compound in Libya, GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Selection Committee on Benghazi, is charging.
Republicans on the committee in February asked the Defense Department to find the names of all drone pilots and operators operating in the area at the time of the deadly strike, The Hill
And despite the Pentagon's assertion that the request is "unnecessary" and has already resulted in "a time-intensive search," The Hill notes, the South Carolina chairman, in a statement Thursday,
said the Defense Department still hasn't handed over the information on "relevant witnesses."
"The committee needs all of the names so the relevant witnesses can be interviewed and the investigation completed," Gowdy said. "Surely DOD can complete the simple task of finding the people within the chain of command in less than three months."
According to The Hill, the committee's request appeared to have been prompted by a caller to Sean Hannity's radio show –who identified himself as a drone operator and, according to The Blaze
, suggested "individuals were remiss in their duties" during the violence that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others.
Afterward, the committee asked for names of all drone operators.
"The families of those killed and injured in Benghazi and the American people deserve to hear from any witness who can potentially provide relevant, probative evidence," Gowdy said.
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