The second-ranking U.S. official in Libya during last year’s deadly attack on the mission in Benghazi immediately considered it a terrorist attack rather than a spontaneous event, according to a transcript of his interview with congressional investigators.
The Pentagon may have recovered more than a third of the $757 million in overpayments it says went to Supreme Foodservice, a contractor in Afghanistan, yet several U.S. lawmakers say that’s too little, too late.
House Republicans said they will keep pressuring the U.S. Transportation Security Administration to cut its workforce of 47,000 airport screeners even as they praised the agency’s response to automatic budget cuts.
U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah said he is considering challenging incumbent Orrin Hatch for their state’s Republican Senate nomination next year, adding that he is getting “increasing clarity” about a bid to unseat the six-term lawmaker.
Republican Representative Darrell Issa has many questions he wants President Barack Obama’s administration to answer: Why wasn’t more security outside the Benghazi consulate? Is the White House encouraging federal contractors to flout the law by not sending pre-election layoff warnings to workers who may lose their jobs to spending cuts?
The U.S. ambassador to Libya died in a smoke-filled tomb while his colleagues escaped the American diplomatic post in Benghazi when it was attacked by Islamist gunmen, according to a reconstruction of his final hours.