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Rep. Thornberry Talks About New Benghazi Details

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Congressman Mac Thornberry has been part of a congressional committee that continues to dig for answers on what exactly happened during the Benghazi attacks last year.

But on Wednesday he attended a confidential hearing as part of the House Armed Services Subcommittee and learned new details.

The attacks against the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi on September 11th, 2012 not only left four Americans dead but also left a laundry list of unanswered questions. But for Congressman Thornberry one thing is certain.

"There was a lot of political spin afterwards as the administration was trying to convince all of us that terrorism was a thing of the past and they didn't want the events to contradict their political spin as the election approached," said Thornberry.

He said today he was able to learn the answer to one of the questions that has gotten a lot of the attention during the investigation. Lt.. Col.. Steve Gibson was in charge of a small group of special operators at the time and many question why he was ordered not to travel from the town of Tripoli to Benghazi when the attacks happened, even after he requested to go.

"Even he acknowledges that it was the right call particularly looking back because if he would've gone, then he would've met the Benghazi folks in the air coming back and he was more needed at Tripoli at that point," said the congressman.

But Congressman Thornberry said what still remains a mystery is what happened before the attacks, including why the State Department denied repeated requests from the embassy to increase security.

 

Tanya De Jesus, Newschannel 6