Tennessee Republicans Don’t Agree On Pressing Benghazi Inquiry

Questions from Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) prompted a State Department official to declare "I've been effectively demoted" after questioning early accounts of the attack. Credit House.gov

Questions from Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN) prompted a State Department official to declare “I’ve been effectively demoted” after questioning early accounts of the attack. Credit House.gov

Two Tennessee Republicans are not exactly on the same page over the ongoing inquiry into last year’s deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya.  Senator Bob Corker is critical of the State Department, while saying he feels he knows all he needs to.  But Representative Scott DesJarlais insists there’s deeper to dig.

At a hearing of the House Oversight Committee, DesJarlais took aim at Democrats who say it’s time to move past the Obama administration’s initial response.

“If you listen to the other side, you’d think it’s time just to move on from this.  They would agree with Secretary Clinton.  They would just say ‘what difference does it make?’  Well some of the family members I talked to before this hearing, I guarantee this hearing makes a difference today.  We want to know who made some of these decisions and why they made some of these decisions.”

Before the hearing, Senator Corker told MSNBC that State Department officials made mistakes that cost lives, and had so far not been held accountable.  Asked what more he hopes to learn, Corker said he’s “fairly satisfied.”  Having looked at cables and footage since the attack, Corker said quote “I feel like I know what happened in Benghazi.”


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