Patricia Smith, the mother of slain State Department staffer Sean Smith, has joined Republicans in calling for a select committee to investigate the Sept. 11 Benghazi terrorist attack.
In a letter sent to Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) on Wednesday, Smith wrote that her son and the three other Americans who died that night were “abandoned by the White House. “Wolf is the sponsor of H. Res. 36, which has 89 co-sponsors,” The Hill notes.
“When I was in Wash. DC at the reception of the caskets, I asked for and received promises from Pres. Obama, Hillary Clinton, Leon Panetta, VP Biden and several other dignitaries in attendance,” Smith wrote. “They all looked me directly in the eyes and promised they would find out and let me know. I got only one call from a clerk about a month later quoting from the time line, which I already had.”
She went on to write that she “especially” wants to know why her son and the three other Americans that died were “abandoned” that night.
“My son told me that he saw someone taking pictures just before this happened and reported it. He told me they asked repeatedly for better security,” Smith wrote.
The mother continued: “Please, Please help me find out who is responsible and fix it so no more of our sons & daughters are abandoned by the country they love. It is very difficult to find out Leon Panetta advised Pres. Obama that the attack was occurring and Pres. Obama went to bed without sending help. It is too late for my son but not too late for those that follow.”
Smith, like many Americans, still want to know if any White House officials were watching the attack happen in real time and, if so, why help wasn’t sent immediately.