Feb 13, 2013 Comments Off Infidel
(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Richard Burr, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said that the CIA has “flatly refused” to give some Benghazi-related documents to the committee, which is conducting an investigation of the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks on the State Department and CIA personnel and facilities in Benghazi, Libya.
Sen. Burr made the assertion last week at the confirmation hearing for John Brennan, whom President Barack Obama has nominated to be director of the CIA. Brennan currently serves as the president’s counterterrorism adviser.
“Mr. Brennan, as you know, the committee’s conducting a thorough inquiry into the attacks in Benghazi, Libya,” Sen. Burr said. “In the course of this investigation, the CIA has repeatedly delayed and in some cases flatly refused to provide documents to this committee.”
None of the other members of the committee contradicted Burr’s assertion.
Burr’s Spokesman David Ward later told CNSNews.com that the committee had initially requested the documents in question four months ago.
In light of Burr’s statement, CNSNews.com put some questions to the Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) James Clapper. Specifically, CNSNews.com asked: Is it true that the CIA, or any agency under the umbrella of the DNI, has withheld documents, or refused to provide documents, to the Senate intelligence committee that the committee has sought in its investigation of Benghazi? If the administration withheld documents from the committee, on what basis did it do so? And if the administration withheld documents, who was responsible for making the decision to do that?
The ODNI responded with a statement. “Since the attack on our facility in Benghazi, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, on behalf of the entire Intelligence Community, has worked closely with members of Congress to respond to all requests for information,” said the statement. “We have testified before committees and delivered numerous briefs, provided thousands of pages of intelligence data and answered hundreds of written questions. DNI Clapper values the strong relationship between the IC and members of Congress and remains committed to being responsive to the requests of our oversight committees.”