Frank Wolf: Benghazi Question #8

While Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) issued a Benghazi Question of the Day today, he did not issue it from the House Floor so there is no video. The question he asked has to do with what was going on in Washington, D.C. during the attack.

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA)

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA)

Via Frank Wolf:

A U.S. consulate is under attack. A U.S. Ambassador is missing. A State Department Diplomatic Security Agent is dead. Are the American people to believe the president is briefed only once that entire night, at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time?

Where was the president the rest of the night?

Did his national security team, including John Brennan, Sec. Panetta and Gen. Dempsey, ever go back and brief the president when the annex came under attack? If so, what steps did he direct at that time?

Did the president ever step foot in the White House Situation Room that night?

Did he ever see the footage from the unarmed drone stationed over Benghazi monitoring the attacks?

Last evening, Fox News’ Catherine Herridge reported how Diplomatic Security Agent David Ubben is still recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center – more than 10 months after the attack – for injuries he sustained while repeatedly risking his life to save others that night. Has the president ever called or met with David Ubben to thank him for his sacrifice? Has he ever called the others who were seriously wounded that night, including the former Navy SEAL on the security team who sustained significant injuries?

To Secretary of State John Kerry’s credit, I know that he has visited with Ubben at Walter Reed. But did former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ever meet with him during the six months she was still in office after the attack?

Did the president and his team ever even consider cancelling his political fundraiser in Las Vegas the day after the attack to monitor the situation in Benghazi?

That night, when the ambassador was considered a potential hostage and nearly 30 Americans were under sustained attacks at the CIA annex, did the president’s staff ever notify the campaign that he might not be leaving the White House the next day?

When he boarded Air Force One for Las Vegas, did the president know about the serious injuries that some of the survivors had sustained? Did he know what hospitals they were being taken to?

Is there a parallel in American history when the U.S. was under attack, Americans were killed and a sitting U.S. ambassador was considered a potential terrorist hostage, but the president was not engaged with his national security team?

Wolf is attempting to generate support for his call for a special House Select Committee to investigate what happened in Benghazi. In this video from a couple of months ago, Senior White House Advisor Dan Pfeiffer said the whereabouts of Barack Obama during the attack was “irrelevant”. After that clip, you will see an exchange between Gretchen Carlson and House Homeland Security Committee Chairman, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX). Based on Wolf’s HR-36, McCaul would be one of the House members to sit on that select committee.


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