May 6 --- Diplomat raises concerns
Greg Hicks, a former top diplomat in Libya, said he expressed concern that more could have been done by the military to protect those under attack at the main U.S. compound and annex in Benghazi. Hicks wondered why the military did not send a plane into Libyan airspace as a show of force, and why four U.S. Special Operations soldiers were not permitted to travel to Benghazi on a Libyan plane the morning after the attack.
May 8 -- Republicans and Democrats tangle
The House Oversight Committee hearing featured a riveting account of the Benghazi assault by Gregory Hicks that included his last phone call with Stevens in which the ambassador told him "We're under attack." Hicks, one of three "whistleblowers" who testified, was joined by Mark Thompson and Eric Nordstrom. Hicks said his "jaw dropped" when he heard Susan Rice tie the attack to a spontaneous demonstration, which he said never occurred to his knowledge. Democrats and Republicans tangled over the fierce partisan politics surrounding the attack with one lawmaker accusing the Obama administration of covering up events. Democrats blasted the GOP for politicizing a tragedy. Jay Carney defended the administration's handling of the attacks, saying it had "made extraordinary efforts to work with" Congress on multiple investigations.
May 9 -- Kerry vows to get answers
Secretary of State John Kerry vowed to "leave no stone unturned" in looking into Benghazi and the subsequent handling of the matter. Speaking in Rome, Kerry said he was determined to get answers to questions and put the issue "to bed." "And if there is any culpability in any area that is appropriate to be handled in some way with some discipline it will be appropriately handled."