When Gregory Hicks testified yesterday in a House congressional hearing regarding the Sept. 11, 2012 Benghazi attacks, the U.S. State Department diplomat confirmed that he understood that Special Operations Command Africa made the call not to send a small group of four special forces troops from Tripoli to Benghazi after the U.S. Consulate.
At the time of the September 2012 attack, Hicks was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. embassy in Tripoli, Libya.
"You said that four military personnel were told not to the board that plane and that this call came from Special Operations Command Africa. Is that right?" asked Rep. Robin Kelly, per MediaMatters.org.
Hicks replied "That's what I understand" (video below).
However, last night on Fox News' Hannity, the host was still asking the question that Hicks had answered many hours earlier (video below).
"We don't know who, eight months later, made a decision and told them to stand down while Americans were under fire and getting killed in Benghazi?" asked Hannity.
However, it is has been reported numerous times that the Pentagon never ordered anyone to "stand down," but kept the four-man special forces unit in Tripoli to secure the U.S. embassy there.
Air Force Major Rob Firman told USNews.com: "Were these guys told not to do anything? No. They were in Tripoli, supporting the U.S. security in Tripoli, and they were told to stay there. It was more important for those guys to be in Tripoli."