March 14, 2014
Mr. James R. Crum
Given your concern about the Benghazi terrorist attacks that tragically took four American lives, I thought I would update you on my efforts as Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee. On February 7, 2014, I released a report entitled, "Benghazi: Where is the State Department Accountability?" This report covers 16 months of work by congressional investigators who have interviewed numerous witnesses and reviewed tens of thousands of documents. To read the full report and to keep up-to-date with the House's ongoing investigations of Benghazi, please visit: www.gop.gov/benghazi.
Among other things, here is what the report shows:
We must also fix critical shortcomings in the ARB review process. How can the Benghazi ARB claim to have fully investigated the attacks without at least interviewing Secretary Clinton and her top deputies? It is likewise unacceptable that the Secretary was allowed to stack the deck by selecting the ARB's members and staff. That is why I authored the Accountability Review Board Reform Act of 2013 — to increase the independence of future ARBs from the Department and improve the transparency and reliability of future ARB reports.
It is our duty to ensure that vulnerabilities in the system and irresponsible decision making are addressed. I will continue to push for accountability at the State Department and better security for its personnel abroad who work to promote our nation's interests. Thank you again for your interest.
EDWARD R. ROYCE
Congress Critter update
Well, getting there...