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    Roby: Benghazi report shows U.S. government ‘failed its people and lied to the public

    Roby: Benghazi report shows U.S. government ‘failed its people and lied to the public’

    • ON JUNE 28, 2016 AT 4:25 PM CDT

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    (Video above: Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL2) discusses Benghazi Committee’s report)

    WASHINGTON — A report two years in the making on the 2011 terrorist attack in Benghazi provides conclusive evidence that the United States government “failed its people and lied to the public,” according to U.S. Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL2), one of the members of the House Select Committee on Benghazi.
    “This investigation has uncovered a ton of new information, which leads to a much clearer understanding of the events before, during, and after the terrorist attack in Benghazi,” said Roby. “While our guys were on the ground taking gunfire and mortar attacks, Washington was moving at a snail’s pace.”

    Roby, who focused on aspects of the committee’s investigation related to the Department of Defense, said the Obama administration was “more concerned about diplomatic sensitivities with the Libyans and promoting its policy agenda as successful than it was about the safety of the Americans it sent there.”

    In particular, the Benghazi Committee’s investigation found that a “Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) sat on a plane in Rota, Spain, for three hours, and changed in and out of their uniforms four times.” The numerous uniform changes were the result of a political debate over whether it would upset the Libyans for U.S. armed forces to arrive wearing their gear rather than civilian clothes.

    “At the end of the day, no military assets directed by Washington ever moved toward Benghazi,” said Roby. “The bottom line is that Washington failed to have our guy’s back when they needed it. From my perspective, this lack of urgency demonstrates either incompetence or indifference, or both.”

    The committee’s investigation also found that it was the militia of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi — who U.S. armed forces had previously helped oust from power — that escorted the Americans on the ground in Benghazi to the airport and allowed them to escape the country.

    “We know now that but for the bravery of a few Americans and the unexpected response of Gaddafi’s underground militia, there would have been an even greater loss of American life that night,” said Roby.
    In the aftermath of the attack, the Obama administration at first insisted that the genesis of the conflict was a YouTube video that led to a spontaneous protest that turned violent.

    According to the Benghazi Committee’s final report, “there was no mention of the video from the agents on the ground. Greg Hicks—one of the last people to talk to (Ambassador) Chris Stevens before he died—said there was virtually no discussion about the video in Libya leading up to the attacks.”

    In fact, “(then UN Ambassador) Susan Rice’s comments (about the YouTube video) on the Sunday talk shows were met with shock and disbelief by State Department employees in Washington. The Senior Libya Desk Officer, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, State Department, wrote: ‘I think Rice was off the reservation on this one.’ The Deputy Director, Office of Press and Public Diplomacy, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, State Department, responded: ‘Off the reservation on five networks!'”

    “In this case, the American government failed its people and lied to the public in the aftermath,” Roby concluded. “This is unacceptable, and I know that our report shines a bright light on these events so we can prevent this from ever happening again.”

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    At Benghazi hearing, Hillary Clinton laughs at Martha Roby's 'alone all night' question

    Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, laughs out loud after Rep. Martha Roby, R-Ala., asked Clinton if she was home alone during night of the 2012 Benghazi attacks during testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, before the House Select Committee on Benghazi. After laughing out loud, Clinton said it was a bit of levity at 7:15 p.m., more than nine hours since the hearing began. She described conversations with other officials and said, "I did not sleep all night." (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)(Jacquelyn Martin)

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    on October 23, 2015 at 5:34 AM,
    updated October 23, 2015 at 12:44 PM

    As Thursday's Benghazi hearing entered the ninth of its 11 hours, Rep. Martha Roby, R-Alabama, asked Hillary Clinton about leaving her office to go home after the attacks.

    "Were you alone (at home)?" Roby asked.

    "I was alone," Clinton said.

    "The whole night?" Roby asked.

    "Well, yes, the whole night," Clinton said with a laugh.

    It was, The New York Times noted, "the first laugh in an otherwise heavy session."

    Roby was not amused, The Hill reported:

    "I don't know why that's funny," the Republican chided. "Did you have any in-person briefings? I don't find it funny at all."

    Still chuckling, Clinton responded, "I'm sorry, a little note of levity at 7:15. Note it for the record."

    "The reason I say it's not funny is because it went well into the night when our folks on the ground were still in danger, so I don't think it's funny to ask if you're alone the whole night," Roby replied.

    "Clinton insisted that she had the needed equipment at home to stay in close contact with State Department officials," The Hill report continues.

    "I did not sleep all night. I was very much focused on what we were doing," she said.

    [Related: Who 'won' the Benghazi hearings? Apparently the Clinton campaign]
    Roby grilled Clinton throughout the hearing.

    At one point, Roby focused on an email sent between two Secretary of State workers in which they said they weren't sure if Clinton knew the U.S. was still in Benghazi.

    The email, as read by Roby, included the line "(Secretary Clinton) asked last week if we still have a presence in Benghazi – I think she would be upset to hear that yes we do but because we don't have enough security (because) they are on lockdown."

    "This is very troubling to me," Roby said. "It's frustrating for us here on this panel to hear you in your opening statement talking about the responsibility you took for the State Department...and you're brushing it off."

    Clinton denied she was unaware of the U.S. presence in Benghazi and said the two employees were not part of her staff but did work for the State Department.

    "Of course I knew we had a presence in Benghazi," Clinton responded.

    "I hear what you're saying but this email says something very, very different," Roby said.

    In the end, there were relatively few questions for the Democratic presidential front-runner about the specific events of Sept. 11, 2012, which Clinton said she continues to lose sleep over.

    The hearing ended at 9 p.m., some 11 hours after it began, with some of the fiercest arguments of the day as Clinton and the House Benghazi Committee's Republican chairman fought over the private email account she maintained as President Barack Obama's chief diplomat.

    "I came here because I said I would," an exhausted Clinton told Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, her chief interrogator. "I tried to answer your questions. I cannot do any more than that."

    Gowdy declared after the end of the session: "We keep going on."

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