Republican invites Benghazi victim's father to State of the Union

Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) has invited the father of one of the Americans killed in the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, to President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday. 

He invited Charles Woods, whose son, Ty Woods, was killed on Sept. 11, 2012, along with U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and two other Americans. Ty Woods was a Navy SEAL. 

“Congressman Bridenstine is hosting a genuine victim of failed foreign policy, who continues to be victimized by failure to appoint a House Select Committee to get to the bottom of what happened the night his son was murdered in Benghazi and to assure that what happened then will not be repeated,” Bridenstine's office said in the statement.

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The Republican lawmaker served in Iraq and Afghanistan and said he understands the importance of not leaving an American behind, which is why he’s hosting the father of a “true hero,” he said. 

Woods spoke about his son at a House Oversight Committee hearing focused on Benghazi last September. 

“We need to ask people who were there, not rely upon hearsay evidence, as to whether or not there was an order to stand down,” Woods told the committee.

Ty Woods was stationed at a CIA compound in Benghazi and reportedly led the effort to rescue Stevens and Sean Smith, another American diplomat, during the attack. 

Woods said people with knowledge of the attack said his son was told to stand down three times that night.

Bridenstine co-sponsored a measure last year with Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) that would establish a select committee on Benghazi. The resolution has 180 co-sponsors, but no action has been taken on it.

Also Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the Benghazi attack was her “biggest regret” while leading the State Department.

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