Witness names released for Benghazi hearing
May 4th, 2013
10:24 PM ET

Witness names released for Benghazi hearing

By the CNN Political Unit

A senior Republican has released names of witnesses for a Wednesday congressional hearing on the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, including two characterized by Republicans as whistleblowers.

Rep. Darrel Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, praised the State Department officials agreeing to testify.

“They have critical information about what occurred before, during, and after the Benghazi terrorist attacks that differs on key points” from what Obama administration officials have conveyed so far, Issa said in a statement on Saturday.

“Our committee has been contacted by numerous other individuals who have direct knowledge of the Benghazi terrorist attack, but are not yet prepared to testify. In many cases their principal reticence of appearing in public is their concern of retaliation at the hands of their respective employers,” Issa said.

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  1. Michael

    Not that FOX or any other major news outlet is immune from criticism, but it is shameful that CNN is NOT covering the Benghazi hearing.

    May 8, 2013 at 1:23 pm | Reply
  2. pedro bundol

    Why dont you wait for tomorrow`s hearings before jumping to defend Hillary and the White House ? There are so many glaring questions that need to be answered. That is their version that the Ambassador was brought to the hospital and the Lebanese media says Ambassador Stevens was raped. Obama had been in the White House for nearly five years now and yet you still in a fog as to his MO.

    May 7, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Reply
    • jb1111

      Obama's MO is







      Even Pravda calls Obama a COMMUNIST !!

      Takes ONE to KNOW ONE.

      May 7, 2013 at 11:38 pm | Reply
  3. barbara

    There are so many unanswered questions and the WH and Hillary Clinton will continue to do their tap dance. There were early reports that Christopher Stevens body was unaccounted for, for several hours and that he had been tortured and one report even said raped. Those reports were immediately squashed and never mentioned again. There was a lot of secrecy surrounding his murder.... yes murder. Stevens and the 3 other were murdered, not just killed.

    May 7, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Reply
    • Pete

      @Barbara,Stevens body was taken as soon as possible to a local hospital by other embassy employees and he died of smoke asphyxiation and pronounced dead at the same hospital..Issa if you don't know is behind many a dirty story his being the dirtiest in his past business dealings in California..If you remember it was Issa who's committe tried unsucessfully to get Eric Holder fired in Fast,Furious costing taxpayers millions for nothing..It was Dana Bash with CNN asking Issa if its partisan politics and after looking blank he finally said we want answers while smirking..Read up how Issa,Chaffetz and others while in committe voted for defense cuts and part of those cuts were in embassy security and republicans are wanting to expand those cuts next year as well against the Obama administrations challenges to give security even more money even before this incident happened..This is another political witch hunt by Issa to cover up his ignorence that if he hadn't cut security in Benghazi Stevens and others wouldn't have had to hire,train locals as embassy guards and I bet Issa didn't say anything about that did he Barbara...Republicans as a whole as you may be scared of maybe Hillary running in 2016 and Issa and other republicans will do their damnest to deface her at any cost and you know it as well!!

      May 7, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Reply
  4. t/o

    Issa is literally a convicted thief. (Look it up.) Nothing the man does is, or should be, taken seriously. He is a joke without a punchline.

    May 7, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Reply
    • jb1111

      DEAR t/o ..................

      Why do all you Democrats LIE, LIE, LIE all the time.

      Darrel Issa was NEVER convicted of STEALING of anything.

      Just google "Issa Convictions" and you will see that is the case.

      He plead guilty to possession of an unregistered firearm one time and even that has been EXPUNGED!!

      YOU DEMOCRATS are putting your Eternal Souls in DANGER of BURNING IN HELL FOR ALL ETERNITY !!!

      And you are making yourselves Fools in the eyes of all America.

      May 7, 2013 at 11:32 pm | Reply
  5. Jason

    Well put. By the way how many Republicans are shooting each other in our inner cities in the US? Anyone? Anyone?

    May 7, 2013 at 9:29 am | Reply
    • BushWasRight

      Don't be late for your appearance at the Purple Helmet club Jason-- keep drinking the Kool-Aid and don't be a Circle Jerk middle man all your life...

      May 7, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Reply
  6. Homer

    There are holes throughout the reporting of Benghazi. Call me crazy, but when you put the political end fighting in perspective, right before a critical period before the election, I believe someone from America that also backed the Republican Party was behind the Benghazi Attack. The Obama Administration found the mole, and allowed them to be killed in the attack (The diplomat or one of the diplomat’s guards was the mole). For National Security Reasons the full story can never be fully released. The Obama Administration knows it and so do the Republicans. Only the arbitrators and small clan of the Obama Administration know. Going public would further destroy the country. The Republican backed arbitrator s continue to exploit the Democratic weakness that they in fact created in the first place. A blind man can see it................Oh yeah no arms for hostages, Iraq have mass destructive weapons, and Karzai gets all this cash. People are stupid. I saw those things just like I see this.

    May 6, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Reply
    • pedro bundol

      Homer, you are right. I heard the rumor too from a very reliable source. The source who was a friend of a friend of a friend of Obama`s caddy over heard the President discussing the dastardly Republicans role in the Benghazi affair. Seems like the Ambassador was in cahoots with Romney as to embarrass the President. Only he did not count on the fact that the Libyan terrorists admire Obama very much and decide at the last minute changed their mind and killed Stevens.

      May 7, 2013 at 10:52 pm | Reply
      • jb1111

        That's NOTHING but LIES, LIES, LIES !!

        Pedro and Homer Your Souls will BURN IN HELL FOREVER for all your BLATANT LIES !!

        Go back and review the Oct.10, 2012 Congressional Hearing on BENGHAZI.

        There, Charlene Lamb (Asst. STATE Department Sec.) said the CUTS in SECURITY did NOT effect the Security at BENGHAZI.

        The rest of the stuff you are making up is LIES, LES, LIES !!!

        Typical Obama and Obama Democrats.

        May 7, 2013 at 11:14 pm |
      • jb1111

        P.S. You guys are just making yourselves look like the FOOLS you are, Pedro and Homer !!

        America is LAUGHING AT YOU.

        May 7, 2013 at 11:16 pm |
  7. Jean-Michel Tessier

    CNN wouldn't make this front-page news if it were the ONLY news. CNN is a bought and paid for arm of America's Democratic party. In Europe, it's no mystery – the media advertises it, but in the US, CNN has to appear "objective". They are even laughing in Europe!

    May 6, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Reply
  8. gary

    Interesting interview Rep. Trey Gowdy gave. “How in the world can you have a comprehensive review of Benghazi when you don’t even bother to talk to the secretary of state? She wasn’t even interviewed by the so-called accountability review board! There’s a reason that students don’t grade their own papers. There’s a reason defendants don’t sentence themselves. And there’s the reason the State Department doesn’t get to investigate itself, determine whether or not it made errors in Benghazi."

    May 6, 2013 at 7:09 am | Reply
  9. George Patton-2

    now we know 'em who they are, let's find out where they live and drone them, world is not going to miss these terrorist sc ums

    May 5, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Reply
  10. Tembisa

    Reblogged this on World Chaos.

    May 5, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Reply
  11. mrl

    why is this not on the from page? this is huge news!

    May 5, 2013 at 11:56 am | Reply
    • John Diaz

      Did you really think it would be anywhere else but buried on MSM outlets such as CNN? They are being forced to cover this issue now, screeching all the way.

      May 5, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Reply
    • Jomama

      People screwed up and they cant finger point their way out.They are trying damage control.Next will be the hearings and it will be buried in information overload.I feel sorry for the witnesses.

      May 5, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Reply
      • jb1111

        Obama LIED.

        Hillary LIED.

        There was No movie. There was NO attempt to help our people on the Ground. There was NO attempt to find the TRUTH and the Al Qaeda that did this.

        This Horrendous Cover-up will never be buried and it will NEVER go away.

        May 5, 2013 at 4:34 pm |
    • Jomama

      The Clintons have damage control to an art.Obama wont be touched.Hillary is out so more than likely it wont touch her either.If she stayed in politics then yes it would cast a shadow. jb111 when I mean buried ,I don't mean gone I mean just buried in useless info in plain sight.They will drag it out and bore you to the point where no one will even want to pursue the matter.Its a lawyer tactic.It starts Wednesday and I cant wait!

      May 5, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Reply
      • Pete

        @jomama,hey bud Reagan got away with it and so did your Bushs and they did worse.. So why not democrates in Hillary,Pres.Obama and maybe Issa won't spend millions of taxpayer money to find out nothing like Fast,Furious when again it was Bushs mess all along,just stating facts that's all!!

        May 5, 2013 at 8:46 pm |
      • jb1111






        CHEATERS ARE JUST CHEATERS ................................ NEVER WINNERS.

        May 5, 2013 at 10:10 pm |
      • Jomama

        jb111 Your passionate, lets let the investigation takes its course and we will all see the truth even though it will have a spin on it.This whole thing isn't right and the public will see through it.Im just as passionate but there is nothing I can say or do to change anything of what will unfold.

        May 6, 2013 at 5:35 am |
      • Pete

        @JOMAMA,Reagan did come out publicly after his cover with the Iran Contra deal even against congresses orders was found out,CIA talked,check facts bud ,also selling serin gas to Kadafi,Hussein to use on his own people. Bushs wars with lies in Iraq,Afghanistan and Fast,Furious never were completely investigated by committes that would of led to Bushs impeachment either..All this is a political witch hunt by Issa who is the quilty party here and you know it..Stevens knew that Benghazi was like and he took the assignment anyway..Reagan and Bushs both had more deaths on their watchs in embassies alone,check that fact bud and nothing was done again so quit being hypocritical when its your partys tainted past that is obviously a hell of a lot worse than what Hillary and even Pres.Obama you think has done..Quit parroting what those ignorent ,bigotted morons on FOX proclaim because if you check facts like I said truth hurts and you know it..

        May 6, 2013 at 9:01 am |
      • Jomama

        I believe you Pete about Reagan and Bush no argument from me dude.Im just waiting for this hearing to come up and see how long it gets dragged out.Im just saying Obama wont get touched and Hillary will probably get away to that's it.

        May 6, 2013 at 5:56 pm |
      • Jomama

        Bush is an angel compared to what Reagan and Oliver North cooked up.Inner cities across America got hammered.Bush and his WMD s that was never there.Im just interested in what will happen in this hearing coming up.I watched Watergate with tricky Nixon.I also remember Kennedy getting shot but I was young.

        May 6, 2013 at 6:19 pm |
      • Pete

        @jomama,Clintons have damage control,no that's republicans style and you know it..Issa the republicans darling is just trying his damnest to deface Hillary with Benghazi and you know it because you and everyone else knows if she runs in 2016 you republicans are cooked...Just like sticking a lying woman on tape saying Sen. Menendez just recently was sleeping with her but quess what guy it blew up in their faces didn't it when she came out against them saying she was paid by republican donors to lie..It's the republicans from Eisenhower to the Bushs that created the dirty pasts of republicans and if you go and read like I do you'd think Hillary and Pres.Obamas are angels compared to them and you know what they pretty much are!!

        May 7, 2013 at 9:57 am |
  12. Pete

    Issa can bring all the witnesses he wants but remember bud it might just back fire on him,republicans...Issas committee cut defense funding by over 400 billion and a big chuck of that cut resulted in cuts to security at embassies..And still where is this supposid email stating Hillary signed a letter,order that implacates her in these four deaths,just more grandstanding by Issa and Graham as usual much like the FAST,FURIOUS debacle that cost tax payers millions to find guilt in Eric Holder but again they came away empty handed didn't they..Hillary is retired and you're not impeaching Pres.Obama just on here say and remember if you get him mad he has the power as the president to find things on these reps to make their lives a living hell and you ignorents out there know it.

    May 5, 2013 at 9:29 am | Reply
    • NS Bingo

      Pete – 400 Billion? And the Republicans are responsible for most of these cuts? How about giving us some sources, otherwise $tfU.

      May 5, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Reply
      • Pete

        @NSBingo,check site Thinkprogress and republican Chaffetz with Issa and others cut spending from what Pres.Obama wanted at 2.15 billion to the republicans 1.93 billion..Over all next year republicans want another cut again..So you go read it bud and you stfu as well !!

        May 5, 2013 at 7:48 pm |
      • jb1111

        Hey Pete and NS Bingo,

        So $17 TRILLION in DEBT, while on the way to $20 TRILLION by the time Obama is done with America, and all you "Tax and Spend" Democrats want is TONS more money from Tax Payers!!

        Notice these AGENCIES NEVER CUT things like Training, Conventions, Press Relations and the Dofus stuff ............. so they can just get down to business doing what they were created to do!!
        (See the air traffic controllers and what was NOT CUT in their department recently.)

        As the CFO from the STATE Department testified before Congress on TV said last fall, "these Cuts DID NOT ..... (I, jb1111, repeat ) ....... DID NOT effect the SECURITY at BENGHAZI."

        Do you boys want me to repeat that?

        So, go find the video of the CFO testifying on TV for yourselves. And stop with all the Side-Tracking to derail the REAL CONVERSATION ........ a Cover UP of FOUR DEAD AMERICANS by Obama and Clinton with a movie.

        (All to win an ELECTION.

        When you CHEAT to WIN, you are simply a CHEATER, not a Winner, Obama!)

        May 5, 2013 at 10:02 pm |
      • Pete

        @jb1111,if you're so intelligent and by the way you're posting here you're obviously aren't let's give you some facts to chew on...Pres.Obama was dealt a lousey hand by Bush and you know it..800,000 a month on unemployement monthly,Medicare Part D ,two wars and tax cuts mostly to his wealthy buddies like Romney all on the governments charge card in other words smart guy unfunded and how do you think Pres.Obama who got stuck with it was going to let it off...Just the Iraq war alone we've spent over 2 trillion and Afghanistan is still going on and that's not even covering the other crap Bushs buddies like Ryan rubber stamped..If you check FACT CHECK or PolitiFact you'll see Pres.Obama has been the most frugel president in our history at just around 1.4% GDP,check it out..Reagan,Bushs and other republicans were over 6-8% on their watches so be happy this president is looking out for you..And don't forget the over 600 billion that was in government surplus that Clinton gave to Bush and he have it away in just his first year as well..Also check out how Bush expanded government to bring down unemployement figures and how Pres.Obama has trimmed government jobs by over 600 ,000 just to show how bloated and irresponsible republicans really are with our money!!!Now go and check my facts ,its homework for you and after reading it you'll see just how bad your party really is for America!!

        May 6, 2013 at 9:22 am |
  13. jb1111

    Will you be COVERING UP the COVER UP of BENGHAZI, CNN ????????

    May 5, 2013 at 1:10 am | Reply
  14. jb1111

    Where is the Front Page Reporting, CNN, on the Congressional Hearing with the BENGHAZI SURVIVOR on Wednesday of this week ??????????????????????

    May 5, 2013 at 1:08 am | Reply

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