U.S. identifies some involved in Benghazi attack, lawmaker says
May 21st, 2013
08:26 PM ET

U.S. identifies some involved in Benghazi attack, lawmaker says

By Ted Barrett

The U.S. government has identified "a certain number of people" believed involved in the Benghazi, Libya, attack, a senior Republican lawmaker told CNN on Tuesday.

The lawmaker said that government investigators have put identities to individuals seen in surveillance video of the attack.

"They know the names. That's what we haven't known. These are individuals they know now. Not just the pictures," the senior lawmaker said.

The lawmaker, who is familiar with the status of the investigation, could not say how many had been identified.

Just last week, Attorney General Eric Holder hinted there were developments in the investigation.

"The investigation is ongoing, that we are at a point where we have taken steps that I would say are definitive, concrete, and we are - we will be prepared shortly I think to reveal all that we have done," Holder told Congress at a hearing last week.

The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that, according to unnamed U.S. officials, five men have been identified, and that the government has enough information to justify the U.S. military grabbing the suspects but not enough evidence to try them in civilian court. The U.S. military has updated plans to "capture or kill" alleged perpetrators of the deadly terror attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, CNN reported last week.

A law enforcement official said there are definitely people the FBI is interested in and working to get more evidence on.

The FBI, in a statement, said the Benghazi investigation is "ongoing."

"We are aware of the media report and have no additional comments with regard to the investigation," the statement said.

Several weeks ago, the FBI released photos of three men seen at the compound on the surveillance video.

The FBI did not identify them as suspects but one official did say the men could be possibly implicated. But a CNN team in Benghazi has seen no evidence that the pictures are circulating among the local population and locals say the photos have not been posted or been shown on local television.

National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden, saying Tuesday that she could not discuss specifics of an ongoing investigation or NSC internal deliberations, cited Obama's words a day after the attack: "Make no mistake, we will work with the Libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people."

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  1. george t hibs

    No this president is obviously interested in catching those responsible for this attack. He will go out of office much like Jimmy the peanut farmer. A failure.

    May 26, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Reply
  2. David

    So in other words no one knows who actually did the crime, it may or may not be linked to al Qaeda and it may or may not be linked to the protest, or it may be a combination of both – as the repub whistleblower said 60 people stormed the compound – it is obvious that it had something to do with the protest. Except repub conjecture haven't seen any proof of anything else.

    May 24, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Reply
  3. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    U.S. identifies some involved
    in the Benghazi attack.

    Presidential Unit Citations
    are being prepared at this time.

    Date for Rose Garden Ceremony
    uncertain at this point;
    pending campaign cash events.

    FORWARD >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> >>>
    ALL of america can be like DETROIT !!!

    May 23, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  4. California

    With this administration lying so often can anythign they say really be believed?

    May 22, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Reply
  5. Pete

    Maybe Issa and republicans want to question these Libyans so they can plant things on them ..Like saying they were coerced by Hillary,Pres.Obama to storm the embassy killing Ambassador Stevens and its they who should be tried for treason!!A great conspiracy theory ha,just what the ignorent republicans would want to order but they'll screw up here in these Benghazi hearings just like they've done with everything else they've tried before in Eric Holders Fast,Furious and now Benghazi..Dog and pony shows anyone,just republicans spending our taxpayers money that's all!!

    May 22, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Reply
    • Jomama

      The problem I have its been eight months, and we haven't got those terrorists yet.

      May 22, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Reply
      • Pete

        @Jomama,its gonna be hard because they all look the same over there and where have yah heard that before ha!!

        May 22, 2013 at 10:07 pm |
  6. How Many?

    How many US citizens were killed overseas when Bush was president?

    May 22, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Reply
    • Mouthtrap972

      So this is their coverup? Make us think they got the guys "WHO DID IT" ??

      We wouldn't be looking for anyone if HIlary Clinton and Barrack Obama weren't sitting on their hands watching it unfold in the situation room!


      May 22, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Reply
      • Sick of GOP

        Go back under your rock, mouthtrap. That 'watching from the situation room' was debunked a long tme ago. It was started by a radicalzed right-wing blogger.

        May 22, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
      • Common Sense

        Come on man??? Are you serious? What hypocrites!!! The congress cuts funding designed to protect the embassy and it is attacked. Instead of going after those who did the crime, you want to waste time trying to IMPEACH the heads of the government when they had nothing to do with the assault? In case you have never held a job, when incidents occur those onsite must go through their chain of command. In this case, the chain of command didn't even get to Hillary Clinton before the assault was already over! The emails that were released CLEARLY showed conversations between the CIA and State Department but you want the White House to be impeached. Please inform me what grounds the impeachment would be and should we impeach the entire congress that cut their funding???

        May 22, 2013 at 2:04 pm |
    • uncdig

      quick – look over there it's Bush! Now dems run for cover before they catch us wiretapping, targeting conswervative groups with the IRS, saying we didn't know anything about gun running, and changing the facts of a massacre to win an election, toss billions of dollars at green energy companies that donated heavily to our cause.

      May 22, 2013 at 7:39 pm | Reply
      • Pete

        @uncdig,geez you just described Bushs debacles that were left by design to Pres.Obama right..Fast,Furious was under Bushs name of operation Wide Reciever back in 2006-7 and was supposidly discontinued but obviously it wasn't..You republicans with Issa go after Eric Holder for one border patrol agent killed when thousands died innocently under Bushs wars with lies in Iraq,Afghanistan and nothing done even after that imbecile said publicly years before MISSION ACCOMPLISHED after 9/11....Bush just as Reagan did using the IRS to target union employees to bust up unions and fire Air Traffic controllers ,remember that bud...Issa using contrived theories not facts in trying to bring down Hillary,Pres.Obama with Benghazi when its republicans that have the blood on their hands with Issa,Chaffetz proudly bragging publicly that THEY DID VOTE FOR DEFENSE CUTS and a big part of those cuts were embassy security ,remember that ,I do!!And remember Solyndra that Pres.Obama sent green alternative funding to was also initiated by Bushs while in office,check facts bud they all point to that Texas imbecile and if you research you'll see its plain as day just like everything else he screwed up with Ryans ,Boehners,McConnells help but are now in denile like you right!!Just remember bud who's republican Pres.Bush created all these debacles because its your party that's been running from them like you ever since!!

        May 23, 2013 at 10:23 am |
  7. hammer

    Obama get off your a-s-s and do something.I know its a full time job fund raising but be a leader one time in your life.It was easy to give the order on Bin Laden now give the order on these SOB.

    May 22, 2013 at 11:37 am | Reply
  8. George Patton-2

    just identifying is not good enough, call me when you eliminate them.

    May 22, 2013 at 10:21 am | Reply
    • Stellar17

      Unfortunately, Congress and a lot of the American people are clamouring for minute by minute, blow by blow news of everything that happens in the world. Like hungry Pyrana's if they don't get a fix they try to kill each other. If they get the word out before it is confirmed they are accused of lying, if they don't get it out fast enough they are remiss. You can't please everyone all the time and some people are determined not to be pleased no matter what the President does.

      May 24, 2013 at 7:34 pm | Reply
  9. CMI

    Wait a minute now-- if this is a crime, didn't occur in Libya? Wont the perpetrators be responsible to the Libyan authorities? Or is Libya an American colony now?

    May 21, 2013 at 10:57 pm | Reply
    • BigShiz

      Shows how stupid you are. An American embassy is American soil.

      May 21, 2013 at 11:54 pm | Reply
      • Sick of GOP

        Shows how stupid YOU are. It was NOT an embassy.

        May 22, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
      • Pete

        @BigShiz,its an annexed building in Benghazi bud 400 miles away from the actual embassy in Tripoli..This building wasn't fortified or didn't have marines for guards either just locals unarmed trained there because of cuts Darrell Issa,Chaffetz voted in 2010 to cut defense funding.A big part of those cuts and its factual was embassy security so go after Issa and republicans because they have Stevens,others blood on their hands not Hillary,Pres.Obama...And only embassies are designated on American soil but that doesn't stop locals ,terrorists from attacking them!!

        May 22, 2013 at 4:58 pm |
      • Stellar17

        It was a Diplomatic Mission. Not sure that would be considered our territory like Embassy status. If not, then any action we take would have to be agreed on with the Libyans, including on the day the attack happened.

        May 24, 2013 at 7:36 pm |
  10. Richard Long

    They captured Mark Basseley Youssef already and he is rightfully rotting in jail. Obama and Hillary said this 'attack' was just a protest of Mark Basseley Youssef's film that was on YouTube. Why would they lie?

    May 21, 2013 at 10:55 pm | Reply
    • Stellar17

      Try checking your facts, there has been plenty of press coverage on the Presidents speech in the Rose Garden on 9/11/12, when he mentioned "acts of terror". Everyone knows there were protests against the anti Islam video in many countries, not just in Benghazi, but no-one knew what part, if any, these protesters played in the murder of our people. The protest could have been used as a cover by those with another agenda, or it coincided with an already planned terrorist attack. If we catch the perpetrators we will no more, until then, try to read the reports before you post.

      May 24, 2013 at 7:41 pm | Reply
  11. hammer

    Thank God the maker of that awful movie is in jail.That is the only thing CNN left out of this story.What a bunch of BS!

    May 21, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      "hammer" makes more sense for you, hammerhead – nothing sinks.

      May 22, 2013 at 10:22 am | Reply

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