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Issa: ‘I Will Get to the Top of Benghazi’

California Republican was in Concord to raise money for local GOP committees.

U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-CA, talks about the investigation into the Benghazi attack. Credit: Tony Schinella
U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-CA, talks about the investigation into the Benghazi attack. Credit: Tony Schinella


U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-CA, was in Concord on Feb. 17, to offer some thoughts about the 2016 presidential primaries and speak about his work as chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

About 250 people attended the fundraising dinner described as one of the most successful events put on by the Concord Republican City Committee and the Merrimack County Republicans.

During a short question and answer period, Issa was asked about Benghazi, the attack on the American Embassy in Libya, and whether or not the committee had been able to track the timeline of the phone calls between the president, the State Department, the Central Intelligence Agency, and other people involved.

Issa said that the only public information available was that the Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Gen. Carter Ham, the commander of Africom, all told President Barack Obama about the attacks, sometime during the afternoon of the day in question, and then the president went back to the White House.

The question that needed to be answered, Issa said, was why Panetta didn’t act or ask American allies to act to save those who were killed at the embassy.

Issa said he suspected that either Clinton or Obama told Panetta to stand down and not act or Panetta was told to do something and just didn’t do his job.

“Those questions have to be answered,” he said. “So when people ask me, ‘When are you going to get to the bottom of Benghazi?,’ you can tell them, he answered, ‘I will get to the top of Benghazi’ … and that’s where we have to go.” 

Tony Schinella February 18, 2014 at 02:33 PM
Hi Lorelei. To answer your question, yes, I cover Democratic events that are of similar magnitude and importance when held in Concord and when invited. Neither Sen. Boxer nor Speaker Pelosi have been in Concord for fundraisers. However, Gov. Deval Patrick, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and others have held events in the city and I've attended and reported them. As well, when Democrats of stature have come to other Patch cities and towns in New Hampshire and our reporters have been at them, I also share the posts with Concord readers. Thanks for reading!
Jim Ward February 20, 2014 at 03:47 AM
The Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff testified that President Obama ordered the immediate deployment of all necessary forces to save lives in Benghazi and that the White House was fully engaged with the Military Command Center for the duration of the attacks. Three U.S. quick reaction forces -- comprised of CIA Global Response Staff (GRS) soldiers and Pentagon Joint Special Operations Command (Joint Special Operations Command) -- took part in the Benghazi rescue and evacuation operation, with the first team responding within 25 minutes. These forces were further reinforced with the arrival of dozens of Libyan Military Intelligence soldiers in more than 50 vehicles. These forces combined to kill as many as 100 of the attacking militants; secured the bodies of our four dead; and escorted nearly 40 Americans to safety. The Benghazi outpost, neither an embassy or a consulate, was largely a CIA operation under the management of Republican Gen. David Petraeus, the CIA director who was asked to resign in the aftermath of the attacks.
Thomas Fazioli February 21, 2014 at 12:59 PM
Four Big Ones for Issa http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/wp/2014/02/21/issas-suspicions-that-hillary-clinton-told-panetta-to-stand-down-on-benghazi/?hpid=z4
David Jones February 22, 2014 at 09:05 PM
The Ambassador was dead in the first 45 minutes, he foolishly refused additional protection, was not even at an Embassy on 911, EVERY POTUS has lost lives for security reasons for the last 50 years with Islamist. Puks care about this, really ? But so what about the 245 Marines and we could go on and on. Dems have enough class to mourn and learn not politicize and blame. Go ahead, you still will lose to Hillary....not even close.

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