Three U.S. State Department officials will appear before a congressional committee Wednesday to testify about last year's deadly attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
One of those to appear before the Republican-led House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is Gregory Hicks, former deputy chief of mission in Libya. Hicks has told investigators he questioned why U.S. military forces were not dispatched to the consulate when it came under attack on September 11, 2012.
Congressional Republicans have accused the Obama administration of the deliberately misleading the public about the details of the attack, with much of their criticism aimed at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. But Democrats say the investigations are a politically motivated attempt to discredit Clinton, who has been mentioned as a candidate for the 2016 Democratic nomination.
An independent investigation of the attack, led by former Admiral Mike Mullen, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and former U.S. ambassador Thomas Pickering, found a series of State Department management failures contributed to the security breakdown at Benghazi that led to the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. diplomats.