U.S. 'making progress' on Libya attack, Kerry says
WASHINGTON — Seven months since the attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya, the Obama administration on Wednesday insisted it was making progress in holding accountable those responsible for killing Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
Testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States has identified people it believes were involved in the Benghazi attack. FBI investigators are combing through video and other evidence gathered from largely lawless eastern Libya, he said.
Kerry, however, didn't say whether any suspect has been arrested, detained or otherwise targeted by American or Libyan authorities — a lingering black eye for an administration that has repeatedly promised justice.
“We are making progress,” Kerry said. “There's video, as you all know. We have identified people. And they are building a case. You know, we're going through the tedious, laborious and very difficult process of gaining evidence from a part of the country which is dangerous and working in a place where the standards are different and the expectations are different. We're working through that.”
Responding to charges that the Obama administration was withholding crucial documents, Kerry promised to “appoint somebody to work directly with you, starting tomorrow,” Kerry said, “to have a review of anything you don't think you've gotten that you're supposed to get.”
He noted, however, that the administration has testified eight times and briefed lawmakers 20 times. About 25,000 documents have been turned over, and video has been made available for members of Congress to watch, he added.
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