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GOP Senators Seek Benghazi Consulate Surveillance Video

White House asked to immediately declassify the footage

Republican senators frustrated over the Obama administration’s failure to respond to several letters they have filed with the administration seeking answers to the September 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, have now requested the White House make public the surveillance video recorded during the attack.

In a letter to President Barack Obama dated Oct. 31, 2012, Sens. Kelly Ayotte, Wis., Lindsey Graham, S.C., and John McCain, Ariz., tell Obama they have also written to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, CIA Director David Petraeus and Attorney General Eric Holder “requesting the immediate declassification of the surveillance video in and around the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi for the two days—Sept. 11 and 12, 2012—that it and related U.S. facilities were under attack.”

The Oct. 31 letter to Obama also cites several letters in which Republican members of the Senate have requested information on the Benghazi attack, including the original letter—dated Oct. 26, 2012—in which they requested the surveillance video be declassified and made public.
The latest letter says, “The American people deserve to know all the facts surrounding the terrorist attack in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, that resulted in the murder of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Unfortunately, you and your senior administration officials have not been forthcoming in providing answers to the many questions that have emerged.”

“The American people and their representatives in Congress need to understand what you knew about the Benghazi terrorist attack and when you knew it. We also have a right to know what steps you and your administration took, or failed to take, before, during and after the terrorist attack to protect American lives,” the senators wrote.

Click here to access the letter.