Thompson Issues Statement on Benghazi Terrorist Attack Investigation

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today released the following statement about the investigation into the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack at the U.S. mission in Benghazi.

“Tomorrow marks eight months to the day since the U.S. mission in Benghazi was attacked resulting in the death of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Since that time, important questions have gone unanswered and recent news reports contradict accounts put forward by the White House and Obama administration officials. The pressure is mounting on the White House to come forward with a comprehensive account of this tragic event and the days and weeks following the attack. I will continue to support investigative efforts to uncover the facts, for the American people deserve to know the truth and nothing less.”

Thompson is a cosponsor of H. Res. 36, which would to establish a Select Committee, with full subpoena powers, to further investigate and report on the attack.

Today, ABC News reported that talking points used by President Obama and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice following the attack were, in fact, “scrubbed” by the White House and State Department 12 times to remove any reference to terrorism or prior warnings of a possible attack: “The edits included requests from the State Department that references to the Al Qaeda-affiliated group Ansar al-Sharia be deleted as well references to CIA warnings about terrorist threats in Benghazi in the months preceding the attack. That would appear to directly contradict what White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said about the talking points in November.”

A report released last month by the five House committees investigating Benghazi determined there was “a fundamental lack of understanding at the highest levels of the State Department” about the degree of danger posed to America officials in Libya. The report further stated the administration had “willfully perpetuated a deliberately misleading and incomplete narrative that the attacks.”