Pompeo to Clinton on Lack of Accountability for Benghazi: “Why Didn’t You Fire Someone?”
Security situation grew worse and requests for help increased, but Clinton and staff failed to send help
October 23, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a hearing today of the Select Committee on Benghazi, Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) questioned former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about why she failed to respond to requests for help, despite her knowledge of the worsening security conditions in Benghazi. Pompeo noted that Clinton ignored over 300 security requests sent personally to her from Benghazi during the first three months of 2012.
Pompeo said: “Throughout our efforts to uncover the truth about the events that led to the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, an important question has come before us consistently: why has no one been held accountable? On that evening of September 11, 2012, we had our U.S. ambassador, Christopher Stevens, killed since 1979 under Clinton’s watch, and yet, not one person connected to this tragedy has lost a single paycheck.
“Today we also learned that Ambassador Stevens – the point person on the field in Benghazi – did not have access to Clinton’s email address. This news is stunning considering Sidney Blumenthal was able to contact Clinton on a whim, but our own U.S. ambassador had to submit his requests like passing a note from the back of the classroom, hoping it makes its way up to the front.
“The truth is that Clinton was bombarded with information about the worsening security situation in Libya. However, as the security conditions grew worse and requests for help increased, she didn’t provide them any aid. Then, Clinton went as far as to destroy over 30,000 emails that were sent over her own private, homebrew server, many of which may have been related to Benghazi and Libya, so she could protect herself and her staff. And to date, no one has faced any consequences.
“That’s not accountability, and Kansans and Americans aren’t buying it. Our interview with Clinton is one of many important steps in our investigation. My Republican colleagues and I remain committed to and focused on our mission. We will not stop until we obtain all of the facts so we can give the American people the answers they deserve and make sure all of those who were responsible during this tragedy are held accountable.”
The video of Pompeo’s Q&A with Clinton may be found here.