Benghazi Hearings Today: Whistleblowers to Testify

After excerpts from private testimony given by Gregory Hicks, deputy US chief of mission in Libya were released on Monday, Americans are anxiously awaiting the House Oversight Committee hearing scheduled to begin today at 11:30 a.m. ET. Following months of heated debate, many are hopeful that testimony from whistleblowers will either shed light on what really happened last September 11th in Libya or lay to rest accusations of official impropriety.

Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has levied heavy charges against the Obama administration, asking “where’s the accountability for lying to the American people?”  Another one of the whistleblowers, Mark Thompson, deputy coordinator for operations in the State Department’s counterterrorism bureau, was in real-time communication with ground operations during the September 11th, 2012 attack before being locked out of the room.

“…Thompson will testify that the circumstances under which Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans died have been “purposefully misrepresented” by the administration and that “all their public statements from the initial account to the talking points [that Ambassador Susan Rice used on the Sunday shows] were false, and they knew it.”

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is not the only one projecting serious trouble for President Obama after these hearings. Former U.N. Ambassador John R. Bolton said “This could be the hinge point” and “It’s that serious for them.”

Democrats on the House committee share concerns but feel it’s important to hear the testimony and get the all the facts before drawing conclusions.

The committee’s senior Democrat, Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, said members of Congress have an obligation to actually investigate claims before coming to conclusions and making public accusations.
“Unfortunately, House Republicans have taken the opposite approach,” he said.

The hearing begin today at 11:30 a.m. in Room 2154 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Stay tuned to Viral Read for updates.

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