May 9, 2013. Representative Mark Meadows (NC-11) sought answers today in the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s hearing on Benghazi. The three whistleblowers from the U.S. Department of State testifying before the Committee included Mr. Gregory Hicks, Foreign Service Officer and former Deputy Chief of Mission/Chargé d’Affairs in Libya; Mr. Mark Thompson, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism; and Mr. Eric Nordstrom, Diplomatic Security Officer and former Regional Security Officer in Libya.
“The powerful testimonies of these three witnesses clarified that senior officials knew right away this was a terrorist attack, not a protest,” Meadows said. “The false narrative put forth by the Obama Administration about a video sparking the violence is inexcusable. In the investigation that followed, political appointees were protected. Witnesses at the highest level were not interviewed by the Accountability Review Board (ARB), even though that level is where the decisions were made. Meanwhile, mid-level officials were wrongly blamed.
“After today, we see that the ARB report did more editorializing than fact-finding. As I told the whistleblowers and the families of the four Americans killed, the people back home are standing with them to get the truth and will not sit down until the questions are answered. I will continue, alongside my colleagues, to pursue the truth about Benghazi until we have answers for the American people and justice for those who paid with their lives.”