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Senate Democrats join Republicans demanding answers on Benghazi attack

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By Doug Powers  •  September 28, 2012 11:43 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

A White House that claims to always want both parties to work together is starting to see its wish come to fruition, just not in a manner they’d prefer. The search for accurate information regarding the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi is becoming a bi-partisan affair:

Senate Democrats joined Republicans Thursday in questioning the Obama administration’s handling of the fatal Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya and why the administration refused for days to acknowledge that it was a terrorist attack linked to al Qaeda.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chaired by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., circulated a bipartisan letter addressed to Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides, asking for an “accounting of the attacks against U.S. missions in Egypt, Libya and Yemen,” according to a copy obtained by The Washington Examiner.

The lawmakers are also demanding to know whether the administration had any advance warnings of the Libyan attack and, if so, whether it had shared that information with U.S. personnel on the ground.

The letter marks the first time congressional Democrats have so directly expressed their dissatisfaction with the administration’s response to inquiries about the attacks, which resulted in the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others and raised questions about U.S. security throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa.

A Kerry aide confirmed that the committee intended to enlist the support of Republicans and Democrats and said the letter would likely be sent Friday. Another aide told The Examiner that the panel’s 10 Democrats and nine Republicans plan to sign it.

The drip from this particular faucet is getting louder by the day, but it would be a dereliction of my duty if I didn’t wonder if some Dems are getting deeply involved just to drag out the inquiry so the facts don’t hit the fan until after the election. We’ll see.

ABC’s Jake Tapper reported yesterday he’s confirmed that the FBI still hasn’t been allowed access to the crime scene in Benghazi… now 17 days after the attack:

(h/t John Nolte)

**Written by Doug Powers

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