John McCain: Senate Will Ask Hillary About Benghazi Survivors


WASHINGTON D.C. – Senator John McCain (R-AZ), a former member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told Breitbart News Tuesday that when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies on Wednesday about the failures to adequately protect the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, she will be asked about the individuals who survived the deadly September attack.

Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, were killed when terrorists attacked the poorly secured U.S. diplomatic compound.

“She’s going to be asked whether they were questioned or not—what their answers were. Have they been interviewed? There are many, many questions that are unresolved,” he said.

Clinton will testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at 9 AM and the House Foreign Affairs Committee at 2 PM. McCain recently joined the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the new Congress.

McCain echoed his colleague and Armed Services Committee member Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who told Breitbart News in late December that the State Department has been “stonewalling” information from Congress on Benghazi survivors. Graham wants the FBI to release their interviews with these persons.

“We certainly need to have [the survivors’] version of events, which has not been forthcoming,” McCcain said.

Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) brought to light in mid-December that the State Department would not give him answers about Americans who survived the Benghazi attack, when first asked by Breitbart News.

“My understanding is that we still have some people in the hospital. I’d like to visit with them and wish them nothing but the best but the State Department has seen it unfit for me to know who those people are—or even how many there are,” Rep. Chaffetz said. “I don’t know who they are. I don’t know where they live. I don’t know what state they’re from. I don’t even know how many there are. It doesn’t seem right to me.”

“This is so patently different than any other experience I’ve had. Unfortunately, people have been killed and maimed and in harm’s way in Afghanistan and Iraq and in points beyond,” Chaffetz continued. “It’s typically been the case that they would release those names but in this case, they won’t. My challenge is to the media. You try and figure it out. They won’t let Congress know. They won’t seem to let the media know either.”

In a followup interview with Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren, Chaffetz claimed injured Benghazi survivors were evacuated to Tripoli on the night of the attack.