“Republicans are showing yet again that they have nothing to offer the middle class,” says his press release. “Republicans care more about defending billionaires like the Koch brothers and trying to rekindle debunked right-wing conspiracy theories than raising the minimum wage or ensuring women receive equal pay for equal work.”
The investigation announced this week is looking at the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission by a heavily armed group of between 125 and 150 gunmen who killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and another diplomat. Several hours later in the early morning of the next day, a second assault targeted a nearby CIA annex in a different compound about a mile away, killing two embassy security personnel. Ten others were injured in the attacks.
Administration and State Department officials initially blamed the attack angry mobs riled up by a YouTube video called “Innocence of Muslims.” But the CIA and the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence determined that there was no protest and that the attack was a planned terrorist attack launched by Islamist militants affiliated with al-Qaida.
An email was recently discovered that suggested the angry mob story was a cover story to allay public fears about a possible failure of policy by the administration. That email, released to Judicial Watch as part of a Freedom of Information Act request, had been released to congressional investigators only in redacted form.
“There have already been multiple investigations into this issue and an independent Accountability Review Board is mandated under current law,” Reid continued in his statement. “For Republicans to waste the American people’s time and money staging a partisan political circus instead of focusing on the middle class is simply a bad decision. While Republicans try to gin up yet another political food fight, Senate Democrats will remain focused on fostering economic growth for all hard-working Americans.”