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Jim DeMint Seeks Investigation into Embassy Attacks

1:47 PM, Sep 14, 2012   |    comments
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By RAJU CHEBIUM
Gannett Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON - Sen. Jim DeMint introduced legislation Friday seeking an investigation into the attacks on U.S. missions in Libya, Yemen and Egypt that began on Sept. 11.

Four American diplomats, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in Benghazi, Libya. The attacks followed the release of a U.S.-made film ridiculing Islam and Prophet Muhammad.

DeMint, a South Carolina Republican, teamed up with Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., to introduce the measure, which asks the Obama administration to submit a report on the attacks within a month and recommend security upgrades at all U.S. missions within three months. DeMint and Corker are members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"The attacks on American embassies and diplomats are outrageous," DeMint said in a statement. "The administration owes the American people detailed answers on how this happened and how it can be prevented in the future."

Before Stevens was killed, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney scolded President Barack Obama for a statement put out by the Egyptian embassy seemingly apologizing for the movie. Romney was roundly criticized, including by many Republicans, for reacting hastily, before all the facts were in.

DeMint, who has endorsed Romney, was one of a handful of Republicans to defend the former Massachusetts governor. He said Romney was "absolutely right" and that U.S. leaders "should never apologize for American freedom."

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