Congressman Tierney’s Statement on House Republicans’ Attempt to Politicize Benghazi Hearing and Inaccurate Claims of a Democratic “Walk Out”
Washington DC – Congressman John Tierney released the below statement following yesterday’s Oversight and Government Reform hearing on the Benghazi Embassy attack.
“Yesterday’s hearing on the devastating loss of life during the Benghazi attack was another critical step in our oversight of diplomatic security protocols and response procedures. We all agree that it is imperative that the State Department continue to do its utmost to ensure the safety of Americans overseas, and despite some sensationalized and inaccurate reports, I want to make clear that I did not participate in a “walk out” of any kind. It’s a sad state of affairs when Republicans exploit the families of the victims for their political gain. In addition to the exchange I had with Admiral Mullen and Ambassador Pickering during the hearing, I have reviewed the relevant Committee reports and read all the witness testimony. I thank all the witnesses who appeared before the Committee and continue to express my deepest condolences to the families of the victims. I urge my colleagues to focus on our efforts to prevent similar attacks in the future and echo Ambassador Stevens family’s calls not to politicize the tragedy in Benghazi,” Congressman John Tierney said.
Congressman Tierney was unable to stay for the entire five to six hour hearing due to scheduling conflicts; but, to be clear, there was no Democratic “walk out.” Mr. Tierney was in attendance for the first panel, but similar to a number of Republican Members of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the Congressman had a full schedule, including another Committee hearing, a meeting with small business owners who traveled from Massachusetts to DC, a discussion on Syria, as well as votes and other matters, and was unable to make it back for the second panel. He has reviewed all the testimony and reports and participated in the previous hearings on Benghazi.
For video of Congressman Tierney's questions at yesterday's hearing, click here.