Ted Cruz Bill Offers $5M Reward for Benghazi Info

Friday, 08 Nov 2013 02:59 PM

By Lisa Barron

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Sen. Ted Cruz has introduced legislation that would provide for a $5 million reward for information on the 2012 terrorist attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi or information leading to the capture of a suspect.

The Texas Republican proposed on Thursday that the secretary of state offer rewards to anyone with information under the Rewards for Justice Program, reports The Hill.

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Cruz criticized the White House for not using the program to seek out who was responsible for the assault in Libya that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, noting that since it was established in 1984, $125 million has been given to more than 80 people.

"The State Department's Rewards for Justice Program exists to help the U.S. identify and apprehend its enemies, but the Obama administration has not used it to pursue the terrorists who attacked our personnel in Benghazi," Cruz said in a written statement.

"This legislation enables the Secretary of State to offer a substantial reward for information leading to the apprehension and prosecution of the suspects who have been identified."

Another Republican, Rep. Devin Nunes of California, also said on Thursday that it is time to learn the truth about what happened in Benghazi.

"We know what the senior people have said but we don't know what the people who were on the ground are going to say and we need to get those answers," he told CNN.

In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday, Nunes said if questions remain unanswered or "if some answers differ substantially from the established narrative and timeline of the attack, then it would be warranted to take new measures to complete the investigation and synthesize the information obtained by the Intelligence Committees and other committees investigating the Benghazi attack."

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