Congresswoman Martha Roby

Representing the 2nd District of Alabama

Roby’s Benghazi Investigation Continues to Draw Attention

January 20, 2014
Roby in the News

It was the political hot potato of the 2012 election season.  Did the White House place Americans on the ground in a dangerously volatile situation where Al Qaeda agents could get to them and did weakness on the part of the administration lead to those Americans dying without aid? or was this just the unfortunate natural result of some anti-Islamist movie?  This issue was such a political hot potato that Republican presidential nominee Governor Mitt Romney ultimately chose not to use it as a focus of his campaign.  Investigating the Benghazi situation fell on Second term Congresswoman (R) from Montgomery and her Subcommittee.

Representative Roby quoted a recent Fox News report on her Benghazi investigation, “These revelations emerged in some 450 pages of closed-door testimony taken from Dempsey, and other key military officials, by the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. The panel, chaired by Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala., conducted nine classified hearings and briefings on Benghazi and is drawing on the transcripts of the testimony to complete what staffers call an "interim" report on the subject… ‘It was misleading," Roby said of the Sept. 10 press release, "and quite frankly, as demonstrated on September 11th, it was wrong.’”

CNN and Fox News have continued their coverage of Rep. Roby’s Armed Services Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee investigation into the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya (which has been largely ignored by most of the mainstream media).  Rep. Roby was recently interviewed by CNN’s Elise Labott.  Rep. Roby told Labott, “We very clearly established that we were unprepared,” for the attack which left four Americans dead.  Rep. Roby said on Facebook, “I spoke with CNN's Elise Labott today about my Benghazi investigation and why our military was so unprepared and out of position. The responsibility for the lack of preparedness and communication rests at the very top, with President Obama and his national security team at the White House.”

Fox News’s James Rosen has done a two part report on the 450 pages of testimony that was given before Congresswoman Roby’s Subcomittee.

Rep. Roby said on Facebook, “Did you catch the second part of Fox News's report on our #Benghazi investigation? Testimony revealed that, when the White House sent out a press release on September 10, 2012 assuring Americans we were prepared for the anniversary of 9/11, it did so without having consulted the commanders in the North Africa region. This is particularly concerning after developments in Egypt and Libya made North Africa among the most dangerous regions on the globe.”

The full interim report on Benghazi from the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations was scheduled to be released on Thursday.
The Senate Intelligence Committee has also released their own report.  15 Libyans who cooperated with the Senate Investigation have since been assassinated.

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