Echoing Senator Graham's charges of a White House cover up on the Benghazi affair was former Republican presidential candidate and House Speaker Newt Gingrich who blasted the Obama administration’s handling of the terrorist attack. He said in a "tweet" that the growing scandal is "bigger than Watergate", adding that, "No one died at Watergate! The Obama lies about Benghazi and Biden's deliberate lies Thursday night should be a bigger scandal than Nixon,” declared Gingrich.
He wrote: "Due to the level of threat in regards to crime, political violence and terrorism, post feels this is an appropriate number of LES [locally employed staff] security personnel needed to further embassy diplomatic outreach missions. Violent security incidents continue to take place due to the lack of a coherent national Libyan security force and the strength of local militias and large numbers of armed groups Host national security support is lacking and cannot be depended on to provide a safe and secure environment."
The Republican dominated congressional committee had also heard testimony from Lt. Col. Andrew Wood, former head of a US military team in Libya, who corroborated Ambassador Stevens' assessment, by saying, "the security in Benghazi was a struggle and remained a struggle throughout my time there". He added that the head of US security in the region had pushed for more people "but was never able to attain the numbers he felt comfortable with".
Shortly after the September 11th attack it was reported that the White House proposed to cut $129 million from the allocation for "Embassy Security, Construction, and Maintenance.” The cut can be seen on page 148 of the 394-page sequestration report.
While acknowledging that Congress has the power of the purse, House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, excoriated slammed Republicans for not having a full hearing on the subject and said Democrats held a hearing on how Medicare would be affected by a theoretical Romney/Ryan budget without GOP participation.
Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said that the State Department would cooperate fully in the continuing congressional investigation.