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Rep. Jordan on Benghazi: Either State Changes, Or More Lives at Risk

By    |   Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 01:04 PM

The State Department must accept recommendations by its Best Practices Panel and change, or else Americans serving the country will be at risk around the world, Rep. Jim Jordan told Fox News' "America's Newsroom."

Jordan serves on the House Select Committee on Benghazi that held its first open hearing on Wednesday on the investigation into the events surrounding the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate where four Americans died, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

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"The number one thing the Best Practices Panel said (is) not being followed at the State Department. So, as I said in yesterday's committee hearing, what's changed? What's it going to take for the State Department to realize it can't keep this same culture there?

"You're going to have to change, or, frankly, we're going to jeopardize more Americans who serve our country abroad," the Ohio Republican said Thursday.

Jordan questioned how independent the Accountability Review Board, convened by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to look into the attack, really was, when its members were "hand picked" by Clinton and Cheryl Mills, her chief of staff.

"This idea that this was the end all, be all, blue ribbon commission that has the final say on this whole tragic episode, is just not accurate," he said. "If you're being investigated, you don't typically get to pick your investigators, and then also call it independent."

Jordan said the Select Committee learned that not only were repeated requests for additional security at the Benghazi consulate denied, what they had was actually reduced.

"This situation was so bad, IED Attacks, RPG attacks, assassination attempts on the British ambassador. (There were) repeated requests for 'Send more good guys. We need more American security here.'

"They said, 'No. We're not going to send more.' In fact, what we have was reduced," he said.

The main purpose of the Select Committee was not a partisan investigation, but an attempt to "get to the truth" about the Benghazi attack, Jordan said, adding he thought "yesterday's hearing demonstrated that's what we're committed to do, and that's what we're going to continue to do."


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The State Department must accept recommendations by its Best Practices Panel and change, or else Americans serving the country will be at risk around the world, says Rep. Jim Jordan.
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