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Ayotte, Graham, McCain Request Obama Answer Whether He Ever Called Libyan Officials for Back-up in Benghazi



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Senators Kelly Ayotte, Lindsey Graham, and John McCain — who have been front and center in trying to ensure that the handling of the Benghazi consulate fiasco is fully investigated and understood — sent a letter to President Obama today, requesting that he answer whether he himself personally reached out to the Libyan government to get assistance during the attacks:

 

Dear Mr. President:

 On September 11, 2012, four brave Americans were killed at the United States Mission in Benghazi, Libya.  Over the past five months, the Senate has received testimony from several members of your Administration about this deadly terrorist attack, including from the Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the State Department’s Accountability Review Board.  Nevertheless, a number of serious questions about the failed American response remain unanswered.

 It is critical that we have a full understanding of American actions taken before, during, and after the attack.  While we cannot change history, the lessons we learn can help prevent such a tragedy from happening again. 

 For this reason, we write to ask you to respond in writing to the following question at your earliest convenience:

 ·         During the eight hours the U.S. mission was under attack, did you personally speak with any officials in the Libyan government to request assistance for our American personnel?

 Thank you for your attention to this important matter. We look forward to your response.



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