Video: Congressman angered by details in new Benghazi story


Rep. Frank Wolf, R.-Va., said on the House floor Monday that details in a new Marine Corps Times story were a “stunning revelation” about the investigation into the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, if true. (Associate Press)

Marine Corps Times published my story last night correcting the record about Col. George Bristol, a Marine colonel who led a special operations task force in northern Africa the night of the attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. Despite Pentagon claims that he is retired and can’t be ordered to testify about them, he remains on active duty through the end of the month, Marine officials said Wednesday.

As the Weekly Standard points out today, Rep. Frank Wolf, R.-Va., took to the House floor this morning angry about the issue.

Check the video:


Wolf said trusted sources have told him that many, if not all, of the survivors of the attacks, along with other Defense Department and CIA personnel, have been asked or directed to sign additional non-disclosure agreements about Benghazi. Some of them have been signed as recently as this summer, he said.

“It is worth noting that the Marine Corps Times yesterday reported that the Marine colonel whose task force was responsible for special operations in northern and western Africa at the time of the attack is still on active duty despite claims that he retired and therefore could not be forced to testify before Congress,” Wolf said.

“If these reports are accurate, this would be a stunning revelation to any member of Congress, any member of Congress that finds this out and also more importantly to the American people,” he continued. “It also raises serious concerns about the priority of the administration’s efforts to silence those with knowledge of the Benghazi attack in response.”

It is unclear whether Bristol was asked or ordered to sign any non-disclosure agreements.


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