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5 Things To Know About Charlene Lamb And Benghazi

- December 15, 2015

TODAY, THE FORMER ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR DIPLOMATIC SECURITY, CHARLENE LAMB, APPEARS BEFORE THE BENGHAZI COMMITTEE

Today, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary Of State For International Programs For Diplomatic Security Charlene Lamb Will Appear Before The House Select Committee On Benghazi. "Tuesday, December 15, 2015 Witness: Charlene Lamb, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Programs for Diplomatic Security." (Press Release, " Select Committee Announces Scheduled Testimony Of Additional Witnesses ," The Select Committee On Benghazi, 12/3/15)

Lamb Told A Regional Security Officer In Libya That She Would Not Support A Request For Additional Security

In 2012, Lamb Testified That She Told Eric Nordstrom, A Regional Security Officer In Libya, That If He Submitted A Request For More Security, She Would Not Support It. HOUSE OVERSIGHT AND REFORM COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN DARRELL ISSA (R-CA): "Ms. Lamb, yesterday you told us in testimony that you received from Mr. Nordstrom a recommendation but not a request for more security. And you admitted that, in fact, you had previously said that if he submitted a request, you would not support it. Is that correct?" LAMB. "Sir, after our meeting last night, I went back and-at the time-" ISSA: "Well, first answer the question, then I will let you expand. Did you say that yesterday, that you would not support it if he gave you the request?" LAMB: "Under the current conditions, yes." ("The Security Failures Of Benghazi," Committee On Oversight And Government Reform, U.S. House Of Representatives, Hearing, 10/10/12. p.52)

  • Benghazi Accountability Review Board: "Board Members Found A Pervasive Realization Among Personnel Who Served In Benghazi That The Special Mission Was Not A High Priority For Washington When It Came To Security-Related Requests." "Overall, the number of Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) security staff in Benghazi on the day of the attack and in the months and weeks leading up to it was inadequate, despite repeated requests from Special Mission Benghazi and Embassy Tripoli for additional staffing. Board members found a pervasive realization among personnel who served in Benghazi that the Special Mission was not a high priority for Washington when it came to security-related requests, especially those relating to staffing." (U.S. Department Of State, Accountability Review Board Report, 12/18/12, p. 5)

Lamb Testified That Budget Cuts Had Nothing To Do With The Security Decisions In Benghazi

In 2012, Lamb Testified That Budget Cuts Had Nothing To Do With Security Decisions In Benghazi. ROHRABACHER: "It has been suggested the budget cuts are responsible for lack of security in Benghazi, and I'd like to ask Ms. Lamb, you made this decision personally, was there any budget consideration and lack of budget that led you not to increase the number of people in the security force there?" LAMB: "No, sir." (Committee On Oversight And Government Reform, U.S. House Of Representatives, Hearing, 10/10/12)

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On Security Requests, Lamb Asked State Department Personnel Why They Sought "The Sun, The Moon, And The Stars"

State Department Personnel In Libya Requested Additional Security, Including Five Agents For Benghazi, But Lamb's Office Responded By Asking Why They Sought "The Sun, The Moon, And The Stars." "Yet, when the Libyan mission transmitted its official request for additional security personnel on March 28, 2012, the pushback from Ms. Lamb's office was swift and significant. While the request, which included five temporary duty Diplomatic Security agents in Benghazi, was clearly reasonable, one of Ms. Lamb's subordinates asked Mr. Nordstrom why the official cable sought 'the sun, the moon, and the stars.'" ("Review Of The Terrorist Attacks On U.S. Facilities In Benghazi, Libya, September 11-12, 2012 Additional Views Of Vice Chairman Chambliss And Senators Burr, Risch, Coats, Rubio, And Coburn," Senate Select Committee On Intelligence, 1/15/14, p. 9)

  • When Regional Security Officer Eric Nordstrom Inquired Why The Request Was An Issue, Lamb's Office Said, "This Is A Political Game. You Have To Not Make Us Look Bad." "When Mr. Nordstrom stated that he did not understand why this was an issue, the response from Ms. Lamb's office was telling: 'Well, you know, this is a political game. You have to not make us look bad here, that we're not being responsive.'" ("Review Of The Terrorist Attacks On U.S. Facilities In Benghazi, Libya, September 11-12, 2012 Additional Views Of Vice Chairman Chambliss And Senators Burr, Risch, Coats, Rubio, And Coburn," Senate Select Committee On Intelligence, 1/15/14, p. 9)

The ARB Notified A Top Clinton Aide Of Lamb's Embarrassing Testimony About The Clinton State Department

The ARB Notified A Top Clinton Aide Of Lamb's Embarrassing Testimony About The State Department. JORDAN: "All right. In that same interview with committee staff, you were asked, did you update the State Department in the course of the ARB? You replied, quote, 'Shortly after we interviewed Ms. Lamb, Charlene Lamb, I initiated a call to Ms. Mills to give her a heads up because at this point, Ms. Lamb was on the list to come over here to testify.' Now, is the 'over here to testify' -- is that in reference to when Ms. Lamb testified in front of this committee?" MULLEN: "In October." JORDAN: "In October?" MULLEN: "Yes, sir." (Committee On Oversight And Government Reform, U.S. House Of Representatives, Hearing, 9/19/13)

  • Admiral Mike Mullen: I Gave Clinton's Aide "A Heads-Up That I Didn't Think That Charlene Lamb Would Be A Witness At That Point In Time That Would Represent The Department Well." JORDAN: "So, what day did you interview -- what day did you interview Charlene Lamb, do you know?" MULLEN: "Between the 3rd and the 10th." JORDAN: "OK. And then when did you talk to Cheryl Mills, right after that?" MULLEN: "No, not right after that. I'd say within 24 hours. And specifically to give her a heads-up that I didn't think that Charlene Lamb would be a witness at that point in time that would represent the department well." (Committee On Oversight And Government Reform, U.S. House Of Representatives, Hearing, 9/19/13)

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After Being Placed On Administrative Leave Following The Benghazi Attack, Lamb Was Eventually Reinstated And Would "Face No Further Disciplinary Action"

After Benghazi, Lamb Was Placed On Administrative Leave, But Was Eventually Reinstated By Secretary John Kerry. "Four State Department officials who were placed on paid administrative leave after last September's terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, have been returned to active duty and will face no further disciplinary action, the State Department said Tuesday. … Eric J. Boswell, who was the assistant secretary for diplomatic security, was placed on administrative leave but later resigned from the security position. Three others, including Boswell deputy Charlene Lamb and Near East assistant secretary Raymond Maxwell, were also placed on paid leave pending a departmental determination of what to do about them." (Karen DeYoung, "State Dept. Officials Placed On Leave After Benghazi Attack Are Reinstated," The Washington Post , 8/20/13)

  • Lamb And The Three Other Individuals Who Were Placed On Leave Were "Returned To Active Duty And [Would] Face No Further Disciplinary Action." "Four State Department officials who were placed on paid administrative leave after last September's terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, have been returned to active duty and will face no further disciplinary action, the State Department said Tuesday. … Eric J. Boswell, who was the assistant secretary for diplomatic security, was placed on administrative leave but later resigned from the security position. Three others, including Boswell deputy Charlene Lamb and Near East assistant secretary Raymond Maxwell, were also placed on paid leave pending a departmental determination of what to do about them." (Karen DeYoung, "State Dept. Officials Placed On Leave After Benghazi Attack Are Reinstated," The Washington Post , 8/20/13)

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