The number two man under slain Ambassador Chris Stevens at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, was told by his superiors at the State Department to not speak privately with a congressional investigator due to arrive later in Libya.
Gregory Hicks, former deputy chief of mission, testified before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday. He advised that he was told not to talk to Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, alone about the Benghazi attack, and was sent a lawyer to be present at the interviews. However, he lacked the proper clearance to monitor Hicks’ testimony, so the interview with Chaffetz continued without the State Department lawyer.
Hicks soon received a phone call from a very angry Cheryl Mills, Hillary Clinton’s top counsel and chief of staff. According to the video, the testimony continued as follows:
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio: “(Mills) is as close as you can get to Secretary Clinton, is that accurate?”
Hicks: ”Yes, sir.”
Jordan: ”And tell me about that phone call you had with Cheryl Mills.”
Hicks: ”A phone call from that senior a person is, generally speaking, not considered to be good news.”
Jordan: ”And what did she have to say to you?”
Hicks: “She demanded a report on the visit … ”
Jordan: ”Was she upset by the fact that this lawyer was … ”
Hicks: ”She was upset.”
Jordan: ”… this babysitter, this spy, whatever you want to call him, was not allowed to be in that — first time that’s ever happened, in all the congressional delegations you’ve ever entertained — was not allowed to be in that classified briefing? Was she upset about that fact?”
Hicks: ”She was very upset.”
Jordan: ”So this goes right to the person next to Secretary Clinton. Is that accurate?”
Hicks: ”Yes, sir.”
Hicks also said that he inquired as to why Ambassador Susan Rice “had said there was a demonstration when the embassy had reported that it was only an attack.”
Hicks testified, “She said I don’t know… The sense I got was that I needed to stop the line of questioning.”
Hicks reiterated to Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., later that he was told directly not to be isolated with Rep. Chaffetz who was there to investigate the terrorist attack.
Early in his testimony, Hicks said he received a phone call from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and he “briefed her on developments.” That call came at 2:00 a.m. on Sept. 12 local time, which would have been 8:00 p.m. Sept. 11 Washington, D.C. time.
In another startling revelation, we learned from Hicks for the first time that during the four hours Ambassador. Stevens was missing, he was at a medical facility supposedly controlled by Ansar al-Sharia, an Islamic militia group. Ansar al-Sharia claimed responsibility for the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.
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