State Department: Questions on Benghazi ‘Never Tied to the Election’


Ruins of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack. (AP Photo)

( State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said Wednesday that the outcome of the presidential election was never a factor in whether the department would answer all questions surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including U.S. ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens.

Instead, she said the department is waiting for the Accountability Review Board (ARB) “to answer all of our questions.”

“And we have tied that to the fact that we have an ARB running. It was never tied to the election,” Nuland said.

Nuland was asked at a State Department briefing whether the department will “answer all of our questions about Benghazi” now that President Barack Obama has been re-elected.

“So now that the election is over, the president has been safely re-elected, you’re going to answer all of our questions about Benghazi or is that too much to hope?” the reporter asked.

“I think you know where we are. We have an ARB running, and the ARB we hope will answer all of our questions,” Nuland said.

“So the answer is no?” the reporter asked.

“What specifically did you have in mind?” Nuland asked.

“Well any of the questions that you’ve been asked over the past several weeks that you’ve refused to answer,” the reporter said.

“And we have tied that to the fact that we have an ARB running. It was never tied to the election,” Nuland said.

“Oh, I think some people thought that it was,” the reporter said.

“That was not what we said from this podium ever,” Nuland said.

As reported, the administration faces questions about what it knew in the initial hours of the attack and why security forces were not dispatched to the region ahead of time. The attack took place on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11th attacks.

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