On Wednesday, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing to investigate the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens. Coming hours after a State Department official said that the Benghazi attack had not been preceded by spontaneous riots, as some Obama administration officials had originally claimed, Republicans on the committee chided the State Department for taking so long to come clean about the attack. In addition, Republicans slammed the White House for failing to adequately protect the consulate, and one witness, Lt. Col. Andrew Wood, testified that securing the consulate "was a struggle and remained a struggle throughout my time there." Democrats on the committee accused Republicans of cutting funding for State Department security and turning a serious national security issue into a political witch hunt.
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