In impassioned testimony at today’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the September 11 attack in Benghazi, Rep. Trey Gowdy cited a letter written by a State Department official on September 12 that asserted that “the group that conducted the attacks … is affiliated with Islamic terrorists."

Gowdy asked, “Mr. Hicks, I want to know … why in the world would Susan Rice go on five Sunday talk shows and perpetuate a […] false narrative?”

Gregory Hicks, the former deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya suggested that Gowdy direct the question to Ambassador Rice.