In response to the congressional hearing this week on the Benghazi attack, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) told CNN that "military personnel were ready willing and able, and within proximity, but the Pentagon told them they had no authority and to stand down."
The Pentagon has consistently denied that it told any U.S. military forces to "stand down" during the September 2012 terrorist attack against the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.
In February, Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey explained why the United States' F-16s at Aviano Air Base in Italy weren't sent to Benghazi that night.
"This is the middle of the night now, these are not aircraft on strip alert," said Gen. Dempsey. "They're there as part of our commitment to NATO and Europe. And so, as we looked at the time line , it was pretty clear that it would take up to 20 hours or so to get them there. Secondly, senator, importantly, it was the wrong tool for the job."
When asked by radio talk show host Dana Loesch, on May 8, about Benghazi and who would give a "stand down" order, Rep. Ann Wagner answered: "the President of the United States."
Rep. Wagner did not actually claim that Obama had ordered a "stand down" and there has been no evidence presented that President Obama ever gave a "stand down" order during the Benghazi attack.