Rep. Mike Pompeo on Wednesday rejected reports that the House Select Committee on Benghazi learned nothing from Hillary Clinton's testimony last week, and said members learned critical new information about security for U.S. officials in Benghazi before the attack, how State reacted during the attack, and what officials did afterwards.
"We learned a whole handful of things," the Kansas Republican said on C-SPAN Wednesday morning.
In the run-up to the attack in 2012 that killed four Americans, the committee learned that none of the hundreds of requests for tighter security at the U.S. Consulate made it to Clinton's desk, he said.
"We had not had a chance to cumulatively identify all of the requests for security assistance, and now we know that totals more than 600, and we can now, for the first time, confirm that none those, according to Secretary Clinton's testimony, made it to her," he said. "So not a single one of those requests for additional people on the ground actually made it to America's most senior diplomat who is supposed to be involved in security."
"The previous Accountability Review Board said that the secretary will personally get involved," he added. "She did not... she said, 'I relied on my professionals.'"
During the attack, the committee learned that Clinton failed to call for any aid that may have helped save lives.
"As for that evening, we got some fidelity around the fact that she chose not to call Secretary of Defense [Leon] Panetta, she didn't make a call to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff," Pompeo said. "These were people who were most likely able to provide resources that could have gotten on the ground to save these four folks."
"She chose not to call them, that's a fact," he said.
In the aftermath, he said the hearing revealed that Clinton knew immediately it was a terrorist attack that killed four Americans, not some spontaneous response to an anti-Muslim film, as officials would say in the first few days.
"We can see now that it was very clear that she concluded personally that this was a terrorist attack, within several hours of the event she wrote a family member, she spoke with Libyans and Egyptians," he said.
"She didn't say it's a fog of war, she didn't say it's confusing," he added. "She said, we know that this was a terrorist attack."
"Yet a week later, we had Susan Rice on TV, a couple weeks later President Obama goes on 'The View' and refused to call it a terrorist attack, and yet Secretary Clinton knew it was within hours," he said.