Lawmakers demand access to survivors injured in
Six months after the Sept. 11 terror attack in
Republican lawmakers are fuming that they haven’t been granted access to the
survivors – several of whom, Fox News has learned, are still recovering at
Walter Reed military hospital. Benghazi
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told Fox News on Wednesday that he spoke to a “handful of people” when he visited
shortly after the attack but has struggled to gain access to the survivors ever
“We want talk to the survivors -- they won’t do that. And then the president has the gall to go on television and say ‘oh, we’re providing all the access’? Baloney. Bull-crap. That is not happening.”
Estimates of how many Americans were injured in the
assault vary. Libya
Reps. Frank Wolf, R-Va., and Jim Gerlach, R-Pa., claim sources have told them up to 30 were injured, and up to seven may still be at Walter Reed. “Several may have required amputations,” they wrote in a letter to colleagues last week.
A source close to the survivors, though, told Fox News that seven were injured – not 30 – and that at least three are still at Walter Reed. Another may be recovering in
The source said one of the injured underwent a partial leg amputation. Another
is suffering from smoke inhalation and possible brain injury. California
Fox News has been told that some of the survivors work in clandestine services and do not want their names made public, though they do wonder why nobody from key committees has called them in for closed hearings to testify on what transpired that night.
Chaffetz claimed Wednesday that the administration “will not give us the names.”
He said one person who went to the hospital even had their “name changed” on hospital records so as not to be identified.
The State Department has declined to say how many survivors were injured or hospitalized.
Secretary of State John Kerry, in an interview with Fox News, revealed Tuesday that he has visited one of the survivors in
– the location of the Walter Reed
military hospital. Bethesda,
Kerry described the survivor as “remarkably courageous” and doing “very, very well.” He also said he also talked to the unnamed survivor’s wife.
Asked when the public might hear from the survivors, Kerry said “I can’t tell you – I don’t know what the circumstances are of any requests to talk to them or not.”
Wolf and Gerlach wrote a letter to Kerry March 1 formally requesting access to the survivors and asking for details about their condition.
They claim those injured may be a combination of State Department employees,
CIA officials and
“Having served in
the perspective of these individuals would provide valuable insight to a dark
day in American history – a day which is still shrouded in much mystery,” they
Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin, James Rosen and Catherine Herridge contributed to this report.
clear Obama asleep on job
I watched segments of the Senate hearing and investigation of the
attack in Benghazi
that took four American lives. Libya
Two things are becoming increasingly clear. The American people were lied to by the officials of the Obama administration, and the president was asleep on the job.
There is indisputable evidence that the president knew of the attack almost as soon as it began, had one 30-minute conversation with Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, who reported that a terror attack was under way. Neither the president nor any of his administrative staff had further communication with Panetta or Dempsey for eight hours!
No order was given to mobilize the forces in
or Italy in order to protect or
extract our consulate personnel. These forces could have been there with boots
on the ground in a little over an hour! Tripoli
I’m sorry, but I have a dog (son) in this fight, and I think our military deserves a commander in chief who leads and has their back.
Why was there no State Department order to mobilize those forces and send them to
We’re still waiting for a credible answer. Benghazi
Why did ambassador Susan Rice say five days later that there was no evidence of a planned terrorist attack on the
consulate? In light of the testimony of Panetta and Dempsey, this was an
unmitigated and bald-faced lie. Benghazi