While 20 Americans were evacuated from Benghazi the night of the consulate attack, Rep. Jason Chaffettz, R-UT, says the State Department refuses to release their names or grant access to the injured.
In an interview with Greta Van Susteren, Chaffetz says he went to Libya and spoke with people who had first-hand knowledge of the event. However, when he asked the State Department “specifically, not only about the four people that were killed, but who was injured, how many were injured, where are they today” they have refused to provide any information.
Chaffetz has asked three major television networks to help, but it seems no one has been given the information. He says normally, in operations from places such as Afghanistan, names are withheld for 48 hours at the most. The State Department is indicating that nothing will be released until the official report is finished, initially expected within 60-65 days, but now approaching three months.
Chaffetz expressed his concern about the time line released, saying it took 18-25 hours to extract the injured and get them to an American facility in Germany.
“If they would simply fill in the blanks, no one would have any reason to be suspicious,” said Van Susteren. “We’re only being suspicious because they won’t give us the information and we get silly answers that just don’t make sense.”
“When Americans go down, we go get them, but this president didn’t do that,” said Chaffetz.
See the Fox News interview here: