Issa rips Kerry for playing ‘musical chairs’ with Benghazi officials


On Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry reinstated to duty the person most directly responsible for rejecting repeated requests for additional security at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya prior to the Sept. 11 attack.

Kerry allowed several State Department employees to return to duty after having been placed on leave for their handling of the terrorist attack on the U.S. foreign mission in Benghazi. Among those reinstated was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Charlene Lamb, who repeatedly dodged questions put to her by Members of Congress, according to HotAir.

When House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., asked if it wasn’t true that the walls of the Benghazi diplomatic mission had been breached 60 days before the attack, she answered, “Sir, we had the correct number of [security] assets in Benghazi at the time of 9/11 [2012].”

Following this action, Issa issued the following statement, according to The Daily Beast:

Obama administration officials repeatedly promised the families of victims and the American people that officials responsible for security failures would be held accountable. Instead of accountability, the State Department offered a charade that included false reports of firings and resignations and now ends in a game of musical chairs where no one misses a single day on the State Department payroll. It is now clear that the personnel actions taken by the Department in response to the Benghazi terrorist attacks was more of a public relations strategy than a measured response to a failure in leadership.

In the course of our investigation, the Oversight Committee learned that the State Department’s review of these four individuals did not include interviews with them or their supervisors to either substantiate or challenge allegations. The Oversight Committee will expand its investigation of the Benghazi terrorist attack to include how a supposed ‘Accountability Review Board’ investigation resulted in a decision by Secretary Kerry not to pursue any accountability from anyone.

Watch the exchange between Issa and Lamb from December, courtesy of CBS News.


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