A Democratic member of the House of Representatives has added his voice to the calls by Capitol Hill lawmakers urging President Barack Obama to declassify and release video images related to the attack on the U.S. Consulate at Benghazi, Libya that occurred Sept. 11, 2012.
Rep. Chaka Fattah, Pa., is the latest member of Congress to send a letter
to the White House seeking the release of the Benghazi video. On Oct. 31, Sens. Kelly Ayotte, Wis., Lindsey Graham, S.C., and John McCain, Ariz., all Republicans, sent a letter to the president “requesting the immediate declassification of the surveillance video in and around the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi for the two days—Sept. 11 and 12, 2012—that it and related U.S. facilities were under attack.”
However, Fattah stressed to Government Video that his letter, dated Nov. 16, seeks to end the “purposeful misrepresentation of the events” concerning the Benghazi attack, “especially in my view by some members of Congress.”
Releasing the video images will provide the U.S. public with “a full account of events that led to the killing of four Americans and to the subsequent investigation of the attack,” says Fattah’s letter.
In addition, the letter says, “Declassifying and releasing this additional information will help the American public to make an informed determination for themselves.
“Unfortunately, they [the public] are currently being bombarded by a purposeful misrepresentation of the events. We must end the confusion and finger pointing surrounding the tragic circumstances in Benghazi,” the letter says.
The White House has not yet responded to Fattah’s request, but the representative adds that the letter was sent “on short notice and the president is traveling.” Obama is on a trip to Asia making stops in Thailand, Burma and Cambodia.