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State Department: No firings ‘warranted’ by Benghazi mistakes

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No one should be fired for the mistakes that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens in a Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, according to a State Department spokesperson.

“We have to let the facts lead where they may,” spokesman Marie Harf said in response to a reporter’s question about the lack of punishment for anybody in connection with the Benghazi tragedy.

“These are people with real lives and real careers and we can’t just take action that’s not warranted against them just to make us all feel better. That’s not the way the process works,” Harf said.

Late Monday, according to the Daily Beast, Secretary of State John Kerry reinstated the officials that were placed on administrative leave by then-Secretary Hillary Clinton following the attack.

Kerry’s decision drew fire from the chief congressional watchdog.

“In the course of our investigation, the oversight committee learned that the State Department’s review of these four individuals did not include interviews with them or their supervisors to either substantiate or challenge allegations,” said House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa.

“The Oversight Committee will expand its investigation of the Benghazi terrorist attack to include how a supposed ‘Accountability Review Board’ investigation resulted in a decision by Secretary Kerry not to pursue any accountability from anyone.”

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