Republican lawmakers are pressing James Comey, the new FBI director, to step up the bureau’s investigation of the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, calling the administration’s efforts “simply unacceptable.”
Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason Chaffetz41 Secret Service employees disciplined after Chaffetz leak Overnight Cybersecurity: Guccifer plea deal raises questions in Clinton probe Lawmakers: Social Security vulnerable to hackers MORE (R-Utah) and Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamSenators to Obama: Make 'timely' call on Afghan troops levels Senate amendments could sink email privacy compromise Trump: Romney 'walks like a penguin' MORE (R-S.C.) are spearheading the effort with a draft letter to Comey, demanding the FBI director brief Congress on his work in the next month.
"We encourage you to be aggressive in your investigation to properly hold accountable those who attacked our compounds in Benghazi," the letter adds. "We owe the families of those killed, and the people of this nation, answers to who was responsible and ensure they are held accountable."
The deadly attack claimed the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
Chaffetz confirmed the letter on Fox News on Wednesday, claiming some of the suspects in the investigations continue to live in Benghazi but the FBI has never talked to them.
Other lawmakers signing the letter include Sens. John McCainJohn McCainTrump should apologize to heroic POWs McCain urges sports leagues to return 'paid patriotism' money Senators to Obama: Make 'timely' call on Afghan troops levels MORE (Ariz.), Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteSenators to Obama: Make 'timely' call on Afghan troops levels Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief fears sequestration's return Senate GOP ties Iran sanctions fight to defense bill MORE (N.H.), Ron JohnsonRon JohnsonClinton email headache is about to get worse The Trail 2016: Interleague play Sanders fundraises for Feingold in Wisconsin Senate race MORE (Wis.) and Reps. Darrell Issa (Calif.), Trey GowdyTrey GowdyBenghazi panel interviews drone pilots after standoff with Pentagon Clinton’s email troubles deepen Benghazi report out within next month, chairman promises MORE (S.C.) and Jim Jordan (Ohio).
The lawmakers hope to deliver the letter to Comey on Wednesday or Thursday, according to CNN.
The letter comes two days after the Senate confirmed James Comey to lead the FBI on a 93-1 vote.
The FBI faced criticism immediately after the attack when news reports indicated that it did not reach scene to investigate until weeks after the assault.
Republican lawmakers have questioned if the administration could have done more to prevent the attack and responded quickly.
The Obama administration also faced intense criticism for initial talking points that claimed the attack was the result of protests over an anti-Islam video, later acknowledging that it was a planned terrorist operation.