Wall Street Journal - U.S. Officials Brief Congress on Benghazi Attack12/5/12
Rep. Adam Schiff comments on the Benghazi attack briefing that was designed to provide a detailed account of the attack, its aftermath on the ground, and the hunt of the perpetrators to the House of Representatives.
Wednesday's briefing covered roughly the same material that intelligence officials provided last month to lawmakers on the House and Senate intelligence committees and top-ranking lawmakers on key committees that oversee national security affairs. It included some updates and additional details, particularly about the hunt for the perpetrators, said Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat who is a member of the intelligence panel.
Rep. Schiff described the presentation Wednesday as "well organized." A significant portion of the question-and-answer session was dominated by political questions about the famed "talking points" that were written by the Central Intelligence Agency to guide lawmakers and senior officials in speaking about the attacks publicly, he said.
"We unfortunately had to do some of the same rehashing of the tired arguments over talking points," he said. "I do think that the presentations were very helpful to those who had an open mind and wanted to know what we knew."
Rep. Schiff, who attended a briefing that Mr. Clapper and other officials provided last month to the House intelligence committee, said he went to Wednesday's briefing for an update on the investigation into the perpetrators for the attacks. "They've made progress in identifying people who were responsible, but there's more work to be done," he said.
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