The comments Media Matters posted on their website was consistent with the story I posted at the OP. He choose not to return to Libya because his family was the overriding issue. The notion that he was criticized for mentioning what Susan Rice said on the Sunday talk shows is false. He was criticized because he spoke to Rep. Jason Chaffetz without other State Department officials being present.
Originally Posted by mtm1963
From the NYT:
Mr. Hicks offered an unbecoming view of political supervision and intimidation inside the Obama administration. When Representative Jason Chaffetz, Republican of Utah, visited Libya after the attack, Mr. Hicks said his bosses told him not to talk to the congressman. When he did anyway, and a State Department lawyer was excluded from one meeting because he lacked the necessary security clearance, Mr. Hicks said he received an angry phone call from Mrs. Clintonís chief of staff, Cheryl Mills.
ďSo this goes right to the person next to Secretary of State Clinton. Is that accurate?Ē asked Representative Jim Jordan, Republican of Ohio. Mr. Hicks responded, ďYes, sir.Ē
A State Department official said Mr. Hicks had been free to talk to Mr. Chaffetz, but that department policy required a department lawyer to be present during interviews for any Congressional investigation.
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