Coble discusses Benghazi raid on House floor

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Washington, Jul 10, 2013 | Ed McDonald (202-225-3065) | comments

(Washington, DC)----Hoping to keep the spotlight on the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) took to the House floor this morning to discuss the attack in Benghazi that killed our ambassador and three other Americans.  Congressman Coble told his House colleagues that the investigation into the attack should continue.

“Benghazi mattered and the American people deserve answers,” Rep. Coble said on the House floor today.  “On the evening of September 11, 2012, terrorists successfully attacked Americans in Benghazi, Libya, and they torched our consulate and killed four Americans.  Early in the morning the following day, they attacked another one.  Secretary Clinton's response to the American people regarding these attacks were in response to a video posted on the internet.  The following Sunday on September 16, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, repeated secretary Clinton's assertion on five separate television talk shows.  Mr. Speaker, today is July 10, 2013, and we now know without question these attacks were strategically planned but had no relation to Secretary Clinton’s or Ambassador Rice's initial assertions.  The investigation into our failure to protect those four Americans who were killed, our consulate, our annex and the administration's abysmal explanation for informing the American public must continue.  Mr. Speaker, Secretary Clinton days ago appeared before a Senate hearing and was asked about certain facts surrounding the attack.  She replied, ‘what difference does it make?’ I suggest Secretary Clinton may want to consult with the survivors of the four Americans who were slain and ask them what difference does it make.  I think it was done at a rather uncaring and very impersonal way.  Investigating this scandal, Mr. Speaker, is our duty and obligation as representatives of the American people and protectors of the public trust.” 

Congressman Coble reserved five minutes at the beginning today’s legislative session to give remarks on the investigation into the attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans on September 11, 2012.

Rep. Coble entire statement can be viewed on his congressional web site at       

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