Mike Pompeo seeks to defund program named after envoy killed in Benghazi (The Guardian)

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    Mike Pompeo seeks to defund program named after envoy killed in Benghazi – By Martin Pengelly (The Guardian) / Feb 16 2020

    Move would eliminate a $5m initiative honoring Christopher Stevens who died in 11 September 2012 attack

    Mike Pompeo rose to prominence during investigations of the deadly attack on a US facility in Benghazi in September 2012. Now, as Donald Trump’s secretary of state, he is pressing to defund a diplomatic initiative named for the US ambassador who died there.

    Foreign Policy reported the move, contained in the 2021 state department budget proposal, to eliminate a $5m contribution to the Stevens Initiative.

    Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans – Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods – died after a crowd attacked a US outpost in Benghazi, a port city in northern Libya, on 11 September 2012.

    Republicans in Congress investigated aggressively, at one point subjecting Hillary Clinton, secretary of state at the time of the attack and a presidential candidate at the time of the investigations, to an 11-hour grilling before a House committee.

    Pompeo, then a Tea party-backed congressman from Kansas, played a prominent role, accusing Clinton of putting “political expediency and politics ahead of the men and women on the ground”.

    Continue to article: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/feb/16/mike-pompeo-chris-stevens-benghazi-attack

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