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Congress holding hearings on deadly Benghazi attack

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Congress holds a hearing today over last year's deadly attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

A high ranking State Department official is expected to testify that he asked for help during the attack, but it was denied.

Republicans accuse the White House of trying to cover up facts surrounding the attack.

A congressional committee, investigating the attack in Benghazi, Libya, will hear from Greg Hicks.

The State Department official says when insurgents stormed the U.S. mission last September 11th he asked defense officials to 'scramble a fighter or two over Benghazi' to scare the attackers. The answer,  he said was " it's too far away, there's nothing."

Republican Darrell Issa is leading today's House hearing.

Four Americans died in the attack including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

In the days that followed, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice claimed the violence grew from a protest. Later, the White House admitted it was a terrorist attack.

Republicans accuse the Obama administration of trying to cover up the facts. But Democrats claim this latest hearing is nothing more than a political witch hunt.

In January, Republicans criticized then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's handling of the attack.

A government report in December said breakdowns in management and leadership at the State Department led to the security failures at the Benghazi mission.

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