Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock is calling for an investigation into the attack on a U.S. Consulate in Libya that resulted in the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. foreign service personnel.
The demand for a Senate investigation comes on the day of the final presidential debate, which will focus on foreign policy and is expected to center on the assault in Benghazi.
In a campaign statement, Mourdock also calls on his Democratic opponent Joe Donnelly to request that his party’s leaders support the probe into the matter.
“Since the attack at Benghazi, we have heard conflicting reports coming out of the White House about what led up to the attack and whether or not proper security was provided to our personnel at the embassy,” Mourdock said in a news release. “Therefore today, I call for a complete investigation into the attack by the Senate, and I call on Congressman Donnelly to demand the same from Harry Reid and other Democrat leaders on Capitol Hill. It is critical to our national interests and security to have this tragedy thoroughly investigated.”
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and other GOP leaders have questioned whether the White House heeded requests for heightened security ahead of the attack, but foreign affairs experts say those requests were mainly for the embassy in Tripoli.
Romney fumbled this point during at the second debate against President Obama when he suggested the president did not call the attacks an “act of terror” on the following day. But observers have argued there are still unanswered questions that Mr. Obama could face tonight.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Ca., launched a probe into the attack earlier this month, demanding the Obama administration explain its security decisions. But House Democrats have said that investigation is turning into a “witchhunt” to score points in the presidential election.