Congressman Frank Wolf Pushes for Investigation of
Attack, at Six-Month Anniversary of Event Benghazi
On six-month anniversary of attack,
Virginia congressman says 'time is now to right historic wrong.'
Marking the six-month anniversary of the terrorist attack in
that killed four Americans
and seriously injured others, Republican
Congressman Frank Wolf, who represents Benghazi 's
10th District, made the following statement Monday: Virginia
“Today is the six-month anniversary of the terrorist attacks in
that took four American
lives and wounded untold others. Last week, Fox News confirmed, in
response to my recent letter to
Sec. Kerry, that at least one survivor is still recovering at Walter
Reed – six months later," Wolf said in a statement released by his office. Benghazi
“Six months later, none of the terrorists involved in the attack are in
or foreign detention," Wolf said. "The FBI has only had access to a single
suspect for a mere three hours, after waiting for months. The FBI is
being denied access to another person of interest in U.S. . Egypt
“Six months later, none of the survivors have been identified or questioned by Congress about the attack or credited for their heroism. We don’t know their names, conditions or stories.
“Six months later, not a single American official has been held accountable or lost their job over the inadequate consulate security, intelligence failures or the administration’s abysmal response during the terrorist attack.
“After all this time, it’s shameful that the American public, the media, and – most importantly – the Obama administration has turned its back on the families of the victims and allowed terrorists to escape justice for this long. The time is now to right this historic wrong and pass my resolution to create a select committee to investigate this horrendous event.”
Wolf has been pushing for the creation of a select committee to investigate the
since last November. His legislation, H.
Res. 36, currently has more than 50 cosponsors. Benghazi
Sen. Graham claims
survivors 'told to be quiet' by administration Benghazi
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, in an extensive interview with Fox News, alleged that the injured survivors of the Benghazi terror attack have been "told to be quiet" and feel they can't come forward to tell their stories -- as he urged the House to subpoena the administration for details if necessary.
senator said he’s “had contact” with some of the survivors, calling their story
“chilling.” He told Fox News that "the bottom line is they feel that they
can't come forth, they've been told to be quiet." South Carolina
The White House is denying any attempt to exert pressure on the surviving victims.
"I'm sure that the White House is not preventing anyone from speaking," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, when asked about the survivors.
But Graham said he thinks the administration is “trying to cover it up,” citing the valuable information the survivors hold.
“The best evidence of what happened in
is not a bunch of politicians in Benghazi
trying to cover their political ass,” Graham said. “This is the people who
lived through the debacle, and I’m going to do all I can to get them before the
Congress and American people.” Washington
He continued: "We cannot let this administration or any other administration get away with hiding from the American people and Congress, people who were there in real time to tell the story.”
Graham continued to voice concern about the inaccurate or incomplete accounts that came from the Obama administration in the days following the attack. He is among a handful of Republican lawmakers pressing for access to and more information about the survivors.
But he had pointed words for the House Republican leadership, as he urged them to issue subpoenas if the administration does not release the names of the survivors.
“To our leadership in the House, you’re gonna have to up your game on
,” he said. Benghazi
For his part, Graham vowed to “make life difficult in the Senate” in order to get the information he wants, suggesting that would involve holding up nominations.
“(The public needs) to hear from people who were on the ground, their desperate situation. They need to understand from people who were there for months how bad it was getting and how frustrated they were that nobody would listen to them and provide aid when they were requested,” Graham said. “This is a story of an administration deaf and blind to the reality of what people were living with every day in
He said they should be able to “tell their story without fear,” accusing the administration of “hiding from the American people and Congress the primary source of truth in
– people who lived through it.” Benghazi
A congressional source tells Fox News that Hill staffers investigating the attack believe about 37 personnel were in Benghazi on behalf of the State Department and
CIA on Sept. 11.
With the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others, about 33 people
were evacuated. Of them, a State Department official confirmed there were three
diplomatic security agents and one contractor who were injured in the assault
-- one seriously.
A diplomatic security source told Fox News the State Department diplomatic security agent who was in the most serious condition suffered a severe head injury during the second wave of the attack at the annex.
This agent was described as the likely State Department employee visited at
While not denying the details, the State Department official offered no comment on the nature of the injuries or whether the agent was visited by Kerry or Hillary Clinton before she left office.
Leading Republicans in the Senate and House have been calling on the State Department to identify the injured and make them available to congressional investigators. So far, they say their calls have gone unanswered.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said the administration has provided "zero" documents on the matter and has not provided names of those attacked.
Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., has gathered about 60 signatures in support of a select committee to investigate the
terrorist attack. Wolf has said the committee is the most thorough and
efficient approach to resolving the lingering underlying questions rather than
the competing and overlapping committee jurisdictions. Benghazi
Wolf, along with Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., and leading Senate Republicans Graham, John McCain of
and Kelly Ayotte of Arizona
have pressed the State Department for answers. New Hampshire
Fox News' Bret Baier and Catherine Herridge contributed to this report.