Marine Commander Says There Was No Stand-Down Order Issued During Assault on Benghazi Consulate

Despite what some Congressional Republicans have been saying


WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) — A Marine operations commander told lawmakers Wednesday he gave troops in Libya permission to respond to a September 2012 attack on a U.S. mission in Tripoli.

Testifying in closed session before the House Armed Services Committee, Col. George Bristol contradicted claims by some congressional Republicans he had issued a stand-down order following the attack, in which U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stephens and three other Americans were killed, The Hill reported.