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Republicans Have High Expectations for Benghazi Testimony: "Dam Is About to Break"

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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Republican lawmakers believe Wednesday’s hearing on Benghazi will answer long-standing questions about whether the Obama administration sought to cover up events and the U.S. response to the Sept. 11 attacks in Libya.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said “the dam is about to break” on Benghazi.

Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reforms Committee Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has said whistleblower testimony will show that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Under Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy attempted to cut the Bureau of Counterterrorism out of the equation in the aftermath of the terrorist attack that left four dead, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

Issa claimed the State Department botched security in Benghazi and that “cover-up” is “undeniable.” However, he said "it still doesn't explain the president misleading the American people over a period of weeks." 

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Fox News obtained opening statements from two of the three “whistleblowers,” state department officials, expected to testify Wednesday.

The opening statement for Gregory N. Hicks, deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya at the time of the attacks, states, “"I am a career public servant. Until the aftermath of Benghazi, I loved every day of my job." 

The whistleblowers aim to establish credibility before the committee. The opening statement of Mark I. Thompson, a former Marine and now the deputy coordinator for Operations in the agency’s Counterterrorism Bureau, is mostly biographical.

Eric Nordstrom, a diplomatic security officer who was the regional security officer in Libya, is also expected to give testimony at the hearing.

"The question is, where's the accountability for lying to the American people?" Issa told Fox News. "The American people were lied to."

Testimony from the three whistleblowers should begin shortly before noon.

Sources: Fox News, The Guardian