SM EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Lummis Weighs in on Wednesday's Benghazi Hearing

SM EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Lummis Weighs in on Wednesday's Benghazi Hearing (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)
SM EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Lummis Weighs in on Wednesday's Benghazi Hearing (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

UPDATE 5/8/13: A follow-up story about Wednesday's hearing can be found at

Details surrounding a terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya last September - an attack that left four Americans dead - will be addressed Wednesday by the U.S. House Oversight Committee. U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis is a member of that committee and spoke with Sheridan Media's Chris Foy in an exclusive interview.

Three whistleblowers will be offering unheard testimony Wednesday before the U.S. House Oversight Committee about what actually took place before, during and after the Benghazi attack that left U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans dead.

Immediately after the September 11 attack last year, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said on national television that the attack was actually a spontaneous demonstration turned violent, stemming from a short online movie that allegedly ridiculed the Muslim faith. But this narrative has been rewritten as the intelligence community and the rest of the nation learns more about the embassy's repeated requests for additional security - requests that U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis says fell on deaf ears.

She says Wednesday's hearing will not only add to a continuing narrative, but testimony will reveal systemic failure by the Obama administration to support the embassy in Libya, a country recently plagued by civil war and unrest.

One of the key witnesses will be deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya and Tripoli, Gregory Hicks. Lummis says he was a central figure before and during the attack and questions why he was left out of the investigation - entirely.

Hicks has said that everyone in the mission at the time thought it was a terrorist attack from the get-go. He's also said American special forces in Tripoli were planning to travel to Benghazi on the night before the attack, but their trip was called off by U.S. officials.

Lummis says she hopes the new testimony heard Wednesday will answer many questions that have yet to be answered.

We'll have more from U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis following Wednesday's hearing. And if you'd like to listen to the full 10-minute interview with Lummis, click on the attachment below.

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