Darrell Issa, the chairman of an investigative committee in the House of Representatives said that witnesses scheduled to appear at a hearing on May 8 have critical information regarding the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three other U.S. citizens.
Issa also said that there are others, if they can overcome the fear of retaliation by superiors, who could also testify.
Issa named just three witnesses scheduled for Wednesday’s hearing. The hearing, promised Issa, will highlight the discrepancies between White House administration and others that have knowledge about the action the U.S. took part in before, during and just after the attack in Benghazi.
The White House has been attempting to put the ongoing scrutiny to rest. President Obama has denied that whistle blowers have been discouraged to come forward.
The May 8 witnesses will include the State Department’s acting deputy assistant secretary for counterterrorism Mark Thompson; Eric Nordstrom a security officer with the State Department; and Gregory Hicks, the former deputy chief of the Libya mission.
Numerous other people have contacted the committee. These people have direct knowledge of the terrorist attack in Benghazi, but Issa said they are not prepared to come forward because they fear their employers could retaliate against them
Christopher Stephens, the Ambassador to Libya from the U.S. and three others from the U.S. died on the September 2011 attacks on the diplomatic mission of the U.S. in Benghazi.
At first, the President said the attack was caused by a video on Internet that was anti-Muslim. However, later on, Obama had to back away from that opinion.
Obama, at a press conference this week, said his priority since the terrorist attack in Iraq has been to determine what took place and bring to Justice the perpetrators.