Thank you for contacting me regarding events in Benghazi, Libya.  I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts.

I remain very disturbed by the attacks on both U.S. citizens and officials in Libya. Our prayers go out to the families of the four Americans killed in these attacks.  Following the attacks, the American people were assured of the importance of bringing the terrorist attackers to justice.  Since that time, however, we have not been provided with sufficient answers as to what happened prior to, during, and after the attacks, nor have we brought to justice those who executed Americans.

The Obama Administration's preparedness for and response to this attack are currently the subject of an ongoing investigation by numerous congressional committees, including both the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.  Then- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before each of these committees on January 23, 2013, regarding the Benghazi attack.  

It is now apparent that the security situation in Benghazi had been deteriorating for some time, and personnel on the ground there had advised the State Department of the situation and requested additional security assets.  Of note, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) reports that it has found no CIA officer who has been punished for or dissuaded from speaking to Congress.  Testimony so far has not indicated that the CIA was engaged in sending weapons from Libya to Syria, as some have alleged.  HPSCI is still collecting documents and testimony regarding the terrorist attacks in Benghazi.

One witness who has testified before Congress was Eric Nordstrom, the former regional security officer in Libya.  Mr. Nordstrom said that he wanted to get the truth out.  "What happened prior to, during, and after the attack matters," he said in his opening remarks.  "It matters to me personally and to my colleagues at State.  It matters to the American people and it matters to the friends and families" of those killed in the attack.

He's right – the truth matters. 

Unfortunately getting to the truth has been difficult.  The Obama administration originally began blaming a video for inciting the attack.  "The YouTube video was a non event in Libya," Gregory Hicks, the second-highest diplomat in Libya at the time of the attack, testified.  He later said "The video was not an instigator of anything that was going on in Libya.  We saw no demonstrations related to the video anywhere in Libya.  The only event that transpired was the attack on our consulate on the night of Sept. 11."

ABC News obtained documents making clear that State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland requested that references to al-Qaeda and prior warnings about terrorist threats in Benghazi be removed from a memo on the attacks.  Ms. Nuland emailed that the description "could be abused by members (of Congress) to beat up on the State Department for not paying attention to warnings."  That memo, stripped of some very important information, is what Susan Rice, who was at that time Ambassador to the United Nations, used in her Sunday Show appearances in which she only blamed the YouTube video.

Everyone makes mistakes.  But as I tell my children, if you make a mistake, don't lie about it.  It only makes it worse.  Very serious mistakes were made, which led to the murder of four Americans.  But even worse, there was a cover-up about it as well – a concerted effort to conceal the truth.  Some have argued these untruths were intended to protect the President during an election, and then-Secretary Clinton for future elections.

Motivation doesn't matter.  We cannot tolerate being knowingly and willfully misled by the Administration.  I don't care if it is a Republican, Democrat, or Independent President.  The truth doesn't have a political party.  The American people deserve to know the truth.  We must continue seeking that truth, and determine who authorized or acquiesced in the cover-up.

You may also be interested to know that I am a cosponsor of H. Res. 36, a resolution introduced by Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA) that would establish a select committee to investigate all aspects of the attack in Benghazi.  Please know that I will continue to follow this issue closely as it unfolds.

For more information on what is happening in Congress, please visit my website at .  If I may be of further assistance to you on this, or any other issue, please feel free to contact me in my Washington, DC office at (202) 225-3861.  I remain

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Congressman Griffith is from the 9th District and is one of the most honest people in Washington but he is only one person, I have bombed him with faxes and emails and he answers with all the news that is going on there. My opinion Boehner needs to get off the pot and do something let this go forward for debate and pass the Resolution the people need to be held accountable that were involved in this matter.




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Joe Biden Talks To The Dead: – He Worked On Paris Climate Deal With Long-Dead Chinese Leader

Former Vice President Joe Biden mistakenly claimed on Monday that he worked on the Paris Climate Accord with former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping — who died more than 20 years before its signing.

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Joe Biden claimed tonight that he worked with Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping on the Paris Climate Accord.

Except the current Chinese President is Xi Jinping.

Deng Xiapoing left office in 1992 and has been dead for 23 years.

Biden made the gaffe while citing his accomplishments in President Barack Obama’s administration.

“One of the things I’m proudest of is getting passed, getting moved, getting in control of the Paris Climate Accord,” Biden said in a speech at the College of Charleston. “I’m the guy who came back after meeting with Deng Xiaoping and making the case that I believe China will join if we put pressure on them. We got almost 200 nations to join.”

Xiaoping served as the leader of China from 1978 until his retirement in 1992, and passed away in 1997. Xi Jinping, China’s current president, came to power 2013 and signed the country onto the 2016 agreement.

In June 2017, President Trump announced that the U.S. would withdraw from the agreement, stating that accord will “undermine the economy” and “puts [the United States] at a permanent disadvantage.”

In addition to the Xiaoping gaffe, Biden bizarrely declared in a campaign speech that he is a “candidate for the United States Senate” and that people could “vote for the other Biden” if they prefer one of his rivals.

“My name is Joe Biden. I’m a Democratic candidate for the United States Senate. Look me over, if you like what you see, help out. If not, vote for the other Biden,” the 77-year-old said at the First in the South Dinner.

Biden’s confusing comments come as Democrat primary candidates are scheduled to debate in Charleston Tuesday evening. The former vice president faces increasing pressure to give a standout performance as his “firewall” in the Palmetto State crumbles in the face of a surging Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). The Vermont senator is fresh off a decisive victory in Nevada caucuses on Saturday. Earlier this month, he placed first the New Hampshire primary and won the popular vote in Iowa. In a survey released Monday, the Public Policy Polling outfit said Biden leads South Carolina with 36 percent of support and Sanders is in second at 21 percent.

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