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Ga Rep. Lynn Westmoreland denounces NYT's Benghazi attack report

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U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga) appeared on FOX News' morning program "Fox and Friends" on Monday, where he discredited the recently published results of the New York Times investigation into the 2012 attack on the American consulate and the CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya.

The NYT investigative report, written by David Kirkpatrick, concluded that there is no evidence that Al Qaeda was behind the September 11, 2012 attack that claimed lives of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other American servicemen.

Kirkpatrick also found that the anti-Islamic video published online by a Florida man sparked and fueled the attacks, which were carried out by a group of Islamist militiamen.

Westmoreland is a member of the House Intelligence Committee that has been investigating the Benghazi attacks.

The Georgia congressman said that the report is entirely wrong, and it is either politically motivated or Kirkpatrick's (anonymous) sources are not reliable.

"We [the committee] can't really give a lot of credibility to that report," he said. "We've been talking to Americans that were actually on the ground over there and, you know, participated in defending against these attacks. And he [Kirkpatrick] actually went over there and talked to the Libyans that had great knowledge of this and we think could have even participated in it. …It’s almost like a mother asking her child 'did you do this Johnny? Oh no, I didn't do that.'

"But we've been able to seek communications from some of these folks, know what they were saying. You can say one thing when somebody knows that you're listening, but when they don't know you're listening you may say something totally different."

Westmoreland also denied that the video had anything to do with the attack.

"The video never came into play, in fact, if you go to some of the research or the people that studied these social media outlets … there was nothing even on the radar in Libya or in Benghazi actually until the next morning," said Westmoreland. "This had nothing to do with the video. Watching the video doesn't give you instructions to how to shoot five motor rounds and the last three of them be within a five meter radius."

The NYT report came out on Sunday and has since been debated in all media outlets.

Westmoreland represents Georgia's third congressional district.



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