27 November 2012

Libya: U.S. State Department Daily Press Briefing: Libya


Excerpt from the United States Department of State daily press briefing:

QUESTION: Ambassador Rice was on the Hill today, and it seems that after months of State Department and her going up there, there are still serious concerns that senators have. I'm wondering what the State Department has continued to do and is doing now to address those concerns. And then if you have an update on the ARB.

MS. NULAND: On the ARB, the ARB is continuing to work. We are still looking, we hope, at that sort of 60-65 day expected report time, which puts us somewhere in the middle of December. We'll have to see how they do.

We, as you know, have done our utmost in this period to be as open and transparent and cooperative with the Congress in its requests. You know that, I think, some two weeks ago we participated in four or five hearings. We expect that there'll be at least one more hearing next week that we will be asked to participate in, and we will do so. And we continue to deliver and make available documents as the Hill requests.

QUESTION: And who will go to the Hill next week?

MS. NULAND: Again, I think we'll wait for the Hill to announce what they are seeking, but they've been in touch with us about further hearings that they may have next week.

QUESTION: And is the plan still for Secretary Clinton to go when the ARB is complete, or are there potentially a trip in her future up there sooner?

MS. NULAND: I think we've been saying that the expectation is that after the report is concluded that she'll consult with the Congress on it.

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