Yesterday’s hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform added to a growing political firestorm in Washington over the initial – and now discredited – contention by Obama administration officials that last month’s attack on the Benghazi consulate was spontaneous, in response to an anti-Muslim video, and that extremists took advantage of a peaceful demonstration to attack the Benghazi compound. While most Obama officials have backed away from this explanation, the State Department, in an unusual phone briefing with reporters the evening before the hearing, made the stunning admission that there were no protests outside the consulate and that nearby streets were “calm” prior to the September 11 attack.
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