Chairman Gowdy's Opening Statement at First Benghazi Select Committee Hearing


Chairman Gowdy’s opening statement at first Benghazi Select Committee hearing on the implementation of the ARB report.



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Benghazi Attack and Diplomatic Security

The House Select Committee on Benghazi held its first hearing. They heard testimony from Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Gregory Starr, whose position was created after the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. He talked about changes made to improve security at foreign posts, but added that risks can be reduced, not eliminated. Two security experts, Todd Keil and Mark Sullivan, who served on a State Department independent panel also testified. Mr. Keil criticized the State Department for its risk management process.


Update: House Committee Launches Benghazi Probe

The House Committee tasked with uncovering what really happened when Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were murdered at the U.S. embassy in Benghazi held its first hearing today, reigniting the firestorm surrounding the State Department’s alleged mishandling of diplomatic security in the region…

…Pundits drew a sharp contrast between the tone of today’s hearings, and past hearings on Benghazi led by Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA). Even reliable liberal Dana Milbank of the Post was forced to admit that Gowdy and his allies handled what has become a controversial situation—both in topic and with regards to the Committee itself—fairly…



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