FBI: Not One Benghazi Survivor Blamed Protest or Demonstration for Attacks

According to a report by Fox News’ Catherine Herridge, attributed to Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) the FBI has

Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham

confirmed that not a single survivor of the Benghazi attacks mentioned or blamed a “protest or demonstration.” Survivors were interviewed by the FBI on September 15, 16 and 17, 2012. Survivors knew that what they survived was a terrorist attack. Only in the Time of Obama would we ponder this:

What is unclear is whether this information was immediately shared by the FBI, ignored, or somehow blocked from reaching the White House.

Ignored, yes. Any other admission was not convenient for the 2012 elections less than one month away.

“The FBI confirmed to me that when they interviewed the survivors on the 15th the 16th and the 17th [of September], not one person ever mentioned anything other than a terrorist attack. No one mentioned a protest outside the consulate,” Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham told Fox News. “So, how could the Obama administration come up with a protest story if everybody on the ground during the attack said it was a terrorist attack and there was no protest?”…

On Sept. 25, 10 days after the Benghazi survivors told the FBI there was no protest linked to an anti-Islam film, President Obama blamed the video in a speech which began as a tribute to Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed along with three other Americans. Source: Fox News

In the same article linked above, Congress Mike Rogers (R-MI)

Mike Rogers

Mike Rogers

further confirmed reports:

“Individuals on the ground said, ‘Hey, this is a terrorist led event’ in our interviews. Leading up to the event it was very clear by the classified information that was being provided that the intelligence gathered said that there was a terrorist activity event likely to happen and it was getting worse or more probable as it got close to the 9/11 date.”

Senator Graham said he interviewed a State Department survivor and was told that a request for additional security was submitted in late August 2012, specifically due to threats from al-Qaeda. Graham said that a request was denied, although it is not clear whether it was the late August request that was denied.

Graham said the survivor also communicated that “it was a coordinated military style attack, heavily armed insurgents coming through the gate carrying a banner that turned out to be the banner of Ansar Al-Sharia. … So how could the Obama administration come up with a protest story if everybody on the ground during the attack said it was a terrorist attack and there was no protest?” Source: See the Fox link above

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