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U.S. Rep Robert Pittenger, after visit, calls for Benghazi probe

U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger Friday joined the ranks of other Republicans calling for an investigation into the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

Pittenger spoke by phone from Oslo, Norway, the last stop of a tour that also took his congressional delegation to Tripoli.

Pittenger said the Obama administration has “deferred to the Libyans” and their concern that Benghazi is too dangerous to conduct an investigation.

“But nonetheless we have a responsibility I believe to these diplomats and their families,” Pittenger told the Observer. “We were there (in Libya) to get to the bottom line of why haven’t we found the facts?”

The Charlotte Republican was on the trip as chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare. He was joined by GOP Reps. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Louie Gohmert of Texas and Steve King of Iowa.

Last month the State Department announced that it has been quietly offering rewards of up to $10 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of anybody involved in last year’s attack.

Pittenger and the others also met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. They discussed the recent agreement between the U.S. and Iran over Iran’s nuclear program.

“No one has confidence in the agreement and for logical reasons,” Pittenger said.

Pittenger said he asked Netanyahu how the agreement “could be salvaged.”

“He said destroy the centrifuges, plutonium and uranium,” Pittenger said. “They don’t need them with their vast oil reserves and it is a false basis to enable them to development nuclear arms.”

President Barack Obama has said the agreement is in the national security interests of Israel and the United States.

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