Maggie: There is still little information about who attacked the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya September 11th, killing Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
But now, just weeks before the presidential election, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she alone is responsible for keeping U.S. diplomats safe.
Hillary Clinton: I want everybody to know that we are going to get to the bottom of this. And when we do, that information will all be public and people will be able to draw their own conclusions.
Maggie: Several investigations are underway to find out exactly what happened, including congressional hearings, which could lead members of congress to make policy changes.
But Republicans are accusing the Obama administration of a political cover-up.
Lindsay Graham: Either they are misleading the American people, or are incredibly incompetent.
Maggie: Five days after the attack, the Obama administration blamed it on protestors outraged over an American-made film mocking the Muslim Prophet Mohammed.
Susan Rice: We do not have information at present that leads us to conclude that this was premeditated or preplanned.
Maggie: Later, the administration said terrorists were behind the planned attack.
Journalists working for the New York Times interviewed witnesses who said none of the attackers mentioned ties to terrorist organizations.
They also said the militants struck without any warning or protest and made it clear the attack was in retaliation for the anti-Muslim video.
Clinton says during war, there is always going to be confusion.
Hillary Clinton: Everybody had the same information. I have to say, I know there’s been a lot of attention paid to who said what when, but I think what happened is more important. We were attacked.
Maggie: A group of Republican senators issued a statement praising Clinton for accepting responsibility but say blame rests with the president and his national security team.
Maggie Rulli, Channel One News.
- Why has the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya become a political issue?
- Why are the Republicans accusing President Obama of a cover-up?
- How does Secretary Clinton explain the changes in the administration’s assessment of the attack?