Just hours before the Senate Armed Services Committee is scheduled to meet to discuss the nomination of Chuck Hagel, three Republicans on the panel sent President Obama a letter asking he answer one question about Benghazi:
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.