UPDATE — In response to multiple outlets reporting the New Hampshire Congresswoman’s refusal to address Benghazi, her office released the following statement:
Like all Americans, I was horrified by the tragic attack on our Embassy in Benghazi that killed four patriotic Americans. Our focus must remain on finding those responsible, bringing them to justice, and taking every necessary step to prevent an attack like this from ever happening again.
Rep. Ann Kuster (D-N.H.) at a town hall meeting refused to answers questions about last year’s deadly terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.
The New Hampshire representative appeared to try to dodge the question by saying Benghazi isn’t in the Middle East, and therefore not pertinent to the discussion at hand.
“I’m certainly not here to talk about it, we’re here to talk about the Middle East,” Kuster said in response to an attendee’s written question.
Libya is located in north Africa. Differing definitions place it either inside or outside the Middle East.
Regardless, the crowd clearly was not satisfied with Kuster’s answer.
Her comment was prompted by a written letter asking for her thoughts on a bill sponsored by Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) calling for Congress to form a select committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks.
“I don’t have … it’s a Senate thing — I don’t think we have anything about that in the House,” she said, perhaps not realizing Wolf’s bill is indeed a House bill.
She eventually became silent and stood there as the crowd became more unsatisfied with her answers. An event staffer had to come to her rescue and redirect the meeting.
“There are a lot of different ideas and a lot of different opinions here,” he said. “So, we’re going to stick to the format of answering questions [on the postcards] rather than get into a discussion that goes on.”
The town hall took place on Nov. 25 in Manchester, N.H., and hosted by the Jewish Federation of New Hampshire.
Footage from the event only recently surfaced online.
The National Republican Congressional Committee, which is responsible for the video’s circulation, said Kuster’s refusal to answer is inexcusable.
“Let’s be clear — Annie Kuster is a United States congresswoman,” a spokesman told the Examiner. “Four Americans died as a result of the attacks in Benghazi. For her not to even address a voter’s questions about what the United States government is doing to get answers on those terrorist attacks makes her unqualified for the office which she holds.”
A spokesperson for Kuster’s office did not respond to TheBlaze’s request for more details.
(H/T: The Washington Examiner)
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This post has been updated to include information regarding the date of the town hall.