Benghazi Hearing: Issa Demands Accountability From ARB, Includes Hillary
Rep. Darrell Issa, Chair of the Oversight Committee, held another hearing today on the Benghazi scandal that cost four Americans their lives. This was the same hearing the Democratic committee members walked out of when the parents of the deceased Benghazi heroes testified. During the hearing, Issa was on a mission to correct the bias and lack of accountability that appears to be rampant in the State Department’s investigation of itself. Most unacceptable is that high level officials have been immune from scrutiny. Issa indicated his next step might be to recall Hillary Clinton and find out why she was so disengaged from Benghazi, especially in light of documents that would suggest otherwise. She, also, needs to answer why the security was not there to protect American lives.
The Daily Caller reports,
House Oversight Chairman Darrel Issa accused the chairman of the board that investigated the failures at the State Department that led to Benghazi of having conflicts of interest that impeded him from doing an adequate job.
Former Ambassador Thomas Pickering, who chaired the Accountability Review Board (ARB), testified Thursday before the Oversight Committee alongside ARB vice chair Admiral Mike Mullen, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Republicans have raised a variety of concerns over the ARB report, in part because it did not talk to a number of high-ranking state Department officials, including then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and in part because they felt the members of the ARB were biased.