New Benghazi testimony in Congress sharply critical of Obama administration – Yahoo! News
The Benghazi terrorist attack returned to Congress Wednesday in hours of testimony – and sharply partisan questioning – that included the first public retelling from a US diplomat in Libya at the time of what happened the night Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed.
The testimony was not kind to the Obama administration.
… In many respects the hearing covered old ground. Republicans repeatedly cited the claims of the US ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, on Sunday talk shows five days after Benghazi that the attack was the result of a “spontaneous demonstration” of individuals enraged by a US-made video denigrating the prophet Mohammed.
Asked for his response when he heard the ambassador’s words, Hicks said, “I was stunned. My jaw dropped and I was embarrassed.”
The administration position has been that Rice was speaking off of talking points provided by US intelligence agencies. Some intelligence officials have said that a desire not to tip off parties responsible for the attack or to compromise intelligence sources was behind the talking points issued to Rice.
At the hearing, the committee’s Democrats played a video clip of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper stating that Rice was speaking based on information provided her at the time.
But Hicks told the committee that Rice’s talk of a demonstration- turned-deadly-mob infuriated Libyan officials to such an extent that the go-ahead for a team of FBI investigators to head to Benghazi was delayed by more than two weeks.