WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) released the following statement on today's House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the terrorist attack in Libya:
"The American people deserve answers about the terrorist attack on our consulate facility in Benghazi, Libya that left Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead on September 11. The House is committed to investigating why the Obama Administration did so little to respond to the deteriorating security situation in Libya, and why senior Obama Administration officials subsequently seemed to downplay the terrorist attack as a spontaneous protest that got out of control. Today's hearing represents a portion of the oversight into the failures of intelligence, security, and commonsense that have embodied the Obama Administration's handling of this tragedy.
"The American people need to understand why the Administration assessed the attack grew out of a spontaneous protest even though State Department officials in Libya apparently never reported any protest at the consulate facility in Benghazi. The American people need to understand why the Obama Administration didn't send additional security assets to Libya and Benghazi despite increasing reports of terrorist activity and evidence of weak Libyan government control. The American people need to know why it has taken the Obama Administration so long to secure FBI access to the site of the terrorist attack in Benghazi. The American people need to know whether the Obama Administration recognizes that the war on terrorism is not over, and whether appropriate steps are being taken to prevent the next attack before it occurs. And the American people need confidence that the Obama Administration is taking the appropriate steps to secure other facilities while bringing those responsible for these attacks to justice.
"Today, the Obama Administration had an opportunity to end the obfuscation and begin to set the record straight, but instead we are left with more questions than answers."