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White House: It’s not our fault that lawmakers can’t meet with Benghazi survivors

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Six months later, congressional Republicans haven’t interviewed the 30-plus survivors of the Benghazi terrorist attack. The lawmakers don’t even know their names. Still, President Obama’s spokesman denied that the White House is blocking access to the survivors.

“The White House is certainly not preventing anybody from having access to the survivors of the Benghazi attack,” Carney said during the press briefing today. “The fact of the matter is, it’s under investigation and certainly nobody at the White House is preventing anyone from talking to anybody.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., claimed that the survivors have been “told to be quiet” about the attack. “(The public needs) to hear from people who were on the ground, their desperate situation,” Graham told Fox. “They need to understand from people who were there for months how bad it was getting and how frustrated they were that nobody would listen to them and provide aid when they were requested.”

Secretary of State John Kerry has met with one survivor currently recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, but Carney said he didn’t know if President Obama has met with any of the survivors.
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