During a recent town hall meeting, Democratic Congresswoman Annie Kuster of New Hampshire was asked by constituents to address the issue of Benghazi in relation to HR 36, legislation that would authorize a select committee to investigate the attack. Naturally, as Democrats have done since the terrorist attack on September 11, 2012, Kuster refused to address the question and flat out told constituents she was "certainly" not there to discuss Benghazi. Flustered, Kuster puts back the microphone and leaves the podium as a moderator tries to explain why she shouldn't address the issue.
REP. KUSTER: (Reading) First, can you please let me know your position about on HR 36 that would authorize a select committee to get to the bottom of Benghazi….um, I don't have…that's a Senate, I think…I don't think we have anything about that in the House….
CONSTITUENT: Yes you do.
REP. KUSTER: And the rest of this is also on Benghazi, so…
CONSTITUENT: Can you address Benghazi? What are you going to do about Benghazi? Why isn't Benghazi at the top of your issue?
REP. KUSTER: Well, I'm certainly not here to talk about it. We're here to talk about the Middle East.
CONSTITUENT: That is the Middle East!
CONSTITUENT #2: Libya is like right in the middle of the Middle East.
CONSTITUENT: Benghazi is the Middle East!
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce sent joint letters to the State Department, Defense Department and CIA over a month ago pressing for answers about a lack of response from rescue teams.
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