Last week, Senators Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Bob Corker (R-TN) of the Foreign Relations Committee introduced a bill which would require investigations into and a report on the Sept 11-13 attacks on U.S. missions in Libya, Egypt and Yemen. Sen. Corker was one of the most effective in opposition to Obama's illegal Libya war last year. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat from former Sen. Bob Graham's state of Florida, called for the Intelligence Committee, of which he is a member, to open an investigation, the Washington Times reported yesterday.
Also demanding answers, Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina said, "The Obama Administration's insistence that the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya resulted from a riot inspired by a film, rather than a planned and coordinated attack, defies common sense. It is my belief, as stated by the Libyan president, that this was a coordinated attack by al-Qaeda or like-minded groups, and it points to severe lapses of security in a region where likely attacks can be anticipated. The bottom line is statements by the Obama Administration must be properly scrutinized, and that is the proper role of Congress," as Politico reported Sept 17.
Jerusalem Post reported yesterday that Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), chairman of House Foreign Affairs, wanted to hold a public hearing on the Egypt embassy attacks this week, but was forced to cancel it when Obama refused to send witnesses. The State Department offered private briefings from Hillary Clinton instead, which may take place on Thursday. State Department spokesman Nuland said that Clinton also intends to stress the importance of continued U.S. aid for Egypt.