Rep. King urges Clinton to designate consulate attackers as terrorists

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), in a letter to Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPaltry wage gains, rising deficits two key tax reform concerns Trump pressed Sessions to fire FBI agents who sent anti-Trump texts: report DNC sues Russia, Trump campaign and WikiLeaks over alleged election interference MORE, singles out Ansar al-Sharia, a Libyan group believed to have ties to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. Libyan authorities have blamed Ansar al-Sharia for the attack, but the Islamist group has denied responsibility, although it's possible individual members might have been involved. 

King wants the State Department to label the entire group a terrorist organization. The group, which has hundreds of armed fighters who helped topple Moammar Gadhafi last year, is one of the most powerful militias in Libya.

“I am deeply concerned about the rapid evolution of Ansar al-Sharia from a virtually unknown organization to a full-blown jihadist terror group working with al Qaeda affiliates,” King wrote. “Designating Ansar al-Sharia — as well as any other jihadist group found to be involved in this attack — as an FTO will ensure that the U.S. Government has every military, intelligence, diplomatic, economic and legal tool at its disposal to disrupt and deter Ansar al-Sharia’s operations, planning, and fundraising.”