Partisan fireworks erupted Wednesday at a House hearing on the Benghazi attacks that left the U.S. ambassador to Libya dead and vaulted the issue of national security to the forefront of the presidential campaign.
Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sharply criticized the Obama administration for its fluctuating explanation of the attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three diplomatic personnel.
“Any reasonable person …. had to come to the conclusion that it was tumultuous at best,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said of the security situation in Libya.
“We now know that, in fact, it was caused by a terrorist attack that was reasonably predictable,” said the committee’s chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).
Wednesday’s highly anticipated hearing came as the State Department disclosed for the first time that it never concluded that the consulate attack was fueled by furor over an anti-Islam video circulating on YouTube — an explanation that congressional Republicans have long publicly doubted.
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