SAN DIEGO — The senior State Department officials known as the “Benghazi Four” are going back to work and it’s not sitting well with some lawmakers and the families of the victims.
They have been on administrative leave since December, but Secretary of State John Kerry gave the green light for them to be reassigned.
It’s been almost a year since Smith’s son, Sean Smith, was killed along with three other Americans during the September 11 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi.
On the eve of the anniversary, she’s still fighting the same confusion and anger.
“Nobody cares, nobody cares and people of the United States, Hilary doesn’t give a damn about you!” Smith said.
Adding insult to her heartbreak, after an independent investigation, the State Department announced Tuesday that four high-ranking officials who had been put on administrative leave following the attack will be reassigned to different positions in the department.
“What the secretary and his team has been doing over the last months is doing more fact finding going into what happened on the ground, but also looking at the totality of these four employees’ careers at the State Department,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said during a press conference.
“They’ve served in tough places, there were a lot of examples where they’ve had very exemplary careers,” Harf added. “That was all looked at as we made this determination of what was appropriate.”
That rational does little to ease Smith’s concerns and she’s not alone.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), Chair of the House oversight committee, issued a statement saying:
“Instead of accountability, the State Department offered a charade that included false reports of firings and resignations and now ends in a game of musical chairs where no one misses a single day on the State Department payroll. It is now clear that the personnel actions taken by the Department in response to the Benghazi terrorist attacks was more of a public relations strategy than a measured response to a failure in leadership.”