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FLASHBACK: Here’s What Biden Had To Say About The Benghazi Scandal

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The 2012 attacks on a U.S. diplomatic compound and a nearby CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, were considered a major scandal in the Obama administration. President-elect Joe Biden’s statement at the time — then vice president and former President Barack Obama’s reelection running mate — amped up skepticism of the administration’s handling of security before the Sept. 11 attack.

During a debate against his Republican vice presidential opponent in 2012 and former House Speaker Paul Ryan, Biden said the U.S. wasn’t told about requests for more security for the U.S. Consulate in Libya. “We weren’t told they wanted more security, we did not know they wanted more security,” he said, reported the Guardian. But there was reported evidence and testimony contradictory to his statement, including from two former U.S. security chiefs in Libya.