Whatever the State Department and CIA were doing in Benghazi likely "had a direct connection to U.S. policy in Syria," Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) said Monday evening.
During a discussion on the "unanswered questions" surrounding the Benghazi terror attack, the GOP congressman suggested that the State Department and CIA could have been stockpiling weapons for Syrian rebels when the U.S. compound came under attack on Sept. 11, 2012.
House Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies subcommittee Chairman Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., left, and the subcommittee's ranking member Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., listen to testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 12, 2013, as Drug Enforcement Administrator Michelle Leonhart testified before the subcommittee's hearing on the DEA's Fiscal Year 2014 budget request. Credit: AP
“Were these rebels being armed with weapons collected in Benghazi? Again, there is reason to believe this may be the case and a clear explanation is warranted," Wolf asked, according to a copy of his prepared remarks obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
Because Congress is currently debating aiding Syrian rebels with military strikes against the Assad regime, Wolf says it is "more important than ever that the Congress understand U.S. support and assistance to Syrian rebels and either groups responsible for the American deaths in Benghazi may have been at the same time benefiting from U.S. assistance in Syria."
He went to say that Congress needs more answers on Benghazi before it can make an "informed decision" on a military strike against Syria.
“The two [issues] are intimately related and may [have] a direct bearing on U.S. national security,” Wolf added.
The Virginia lawmaker suggested holding a public hearing with former CIA Director David Petraeus and current Director John Brennan.
(H/T: Fox Nation)