GOP PRESSING WHITE HOUSE ON LIBYA
By ELLEN RATNER
Talk Radio News Service
WASHINGTON - Republicans are putting pressure on President Obama for the administration’s response to Benghazi attack’s aftermath as well as a series of allegedly mixed messages from the White House.
Chairmen from the House Armed Services, Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Judiciary Committees sent the president an open letter Wednesday urging the White House to answer questions that the lawmakers say are still lingering.
“We are seeking additional information regarding the intelligence leading up to the attack, the security posture of our embassy, the role former Guantanamo Bay detainees may have played, as well as the way forward in Libya and, indeed, the region,” the letter states.
The letter goes on to charge that the administration is treating the attack as a criminal act and not terrorism.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has also criticized Obama for failing to “level” with Americans on the attack, alleging that Obama has avoided describing it as an act of terror.
“We expect transparency, especially when it comes to terrorism,” Romney said during an interview on Fox News Tuesday.
The White House has since stated that the president believes that the attack was an act of terror.
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