House Republicans: Benghazi Movie ‘Really Makes You Angry’

Kerry Picket Political Reporter
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BALTIMORE — Republican House lawmakers expressed anger and sadness after watching a late night showing of “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” on Thursday.

The film recounts the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya and the six-member annex security team who attempted to defend it. The movie captures some of the controversy that is still debated in Capitol Hill hearings and deliberated behind closed doors in Washington.

House Oversight Chairman [crscore]Jason Chaffetz[/crscore], who has questioned Benghazi witnesses in the past, told The Daily Caller he thought the movie was “exceptionally well done.”

According to the theater house the members and some of their wives filled up each seat of the last showing of the emotional drama Thursday night and TheDC saw a number of lawmakers weeping as they left the movie house.

“It’s 90-plus percent accurate. I wish they had another 10 hours to tell all the side stories, but those are true American heroes, and it was captured on film, and that was really well done,” Chaffetz said.

Rep. Jeff Bishop called the film a “touching movie.” He added, “I didn’t have the same emotional reaction as some on the committees that interviewed some of the people who were portrayed in there. They had a very personal impact. It was sad and it was wrong and it was touching. It was well done.”

The film contends that an explicit stand-down order was given to security team members. Benghazi Select Committee Chairman [crscore]Trey Gowdy[/crscore] said Wednesday that some witnesses told his committee that stand-down orders were given on the day of the attack. He also said some witnesses did not receive such an order.

“They were there. It just makes you mad that we didn’t have some response. We had people in peril — people who were dying, and nobody came to rescue them,” Chaffetz said. “There is no way the country can allow Hillary Clinton to be commander in chief. That is just beyond belief that she is even in consideration.”

Texas Republican Rep. [crscore]Kevin Brady[/crscore] appeared sullen as he exited the theater.

“It’s just disheartening. I don’t know what the result would have been. It seems like we left people to die without trying to save them, so it was just disheartening. It really makes you angry,” Brady said.

Fellow Texas Republican [crscore]Louie Gohmert[/crscore] told TheDC he is glad the story is being told.

“It doesn’t have the story from David Ubbens’ perspective, and you don’t really get Ty’s perspective, but according to David, it was the second or third mortars that took off most of his right leg and took out Glenn [Doherty] and Ty [Woods]. So, yes, they could have had help,” Gohmert said.

Does the movie bring up more questions?

Chaffetz says the film reminds him of all the things he heard “before anybody else was asking questions.”

“I went to Libya twice. I met with a lot of those people, and what they went through should have never happened in the first place, and they’re heroic for having gone through it, but this country cannot just gloss over Benghazi,” he said. “We better learn those lessons and make sure this never ever happens again. That’s always been the driving force here.”

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