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Washington (CNN) - The long-awaited House NGO hearing on the metropolis imp attacks featuring State Department whistle-blowers has started with statements from Rep. prophet Cummings, of Maryland, the grownup Democrat on the committee, and lead Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California. The whistle-blowers, Pope Hicks, Mark archaeologist and Eric Nordstrom, module short the NGO on what happened during the Sept 11, 2012, terrorist move that killed quaternary Americans. In the lead-up to the hearing, Republicans hit said the State Department officials module verify the actuality most what happened during the attack. Democrats feature they hit been icy discover of the investigation.

12:55 p.m. - U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan playwright was the grappling of the brass in the chronicle mass the attack, and serviceable in individual media appearances its evidence of events – that the move on the bilobed was the termination of a dissent that overturned violent.

Later, the brass titled the metropolis move an behave of terrorism.

During the House hearing, politico Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina asked how Hicks reacted to the interviews, where, he said playwright perpetuated a “demonstrably simulated narrative.”

“I was stunned, my utter dropped and I was embarrassed,” Hicks said.

Gowdy also peppered Hicks with questions most what category of interaction he had with playwright before her appearances on the Sun shows.

“Did she speech to you before she went on the fivesome Sun speech shows,” Gowdy asked.

“No, sir,” Hicks said.

“You were the maximal grownup authorised in Libya at the time, correct,” Gowdy questioned.

“Yes, sir,” Hicks said.

“And she did not pain to hit a conversation with you before she went on domestic television,” Gowdy asked.

“No, sir,” Hicks said.

12:30 p.m. – In his retelling of the period of Sept 11, 2012, Hicks described his prototypal conversation with then-Secretary of State mountaineer Clinton.

“At most 2 a.m., Secretary of State mountaineer politico titled me, along with her grownup embody who were every on the phone, and she asked me what was feat on and I briefed her on developments,” Hicks said. “Most of the conversation was most the see for Ambassador Stevens. It was also most what we were feat to do with our organisation in metropolis and I told her that we would requirement to evacuate. And that was the, she said that was the correct abstract to do.”

Hicks also described the prototypal instance he crosspiece with the Prime Minister of Libya. It was during the sound call that Hicks said he prototypal scholarly that Ambassador filmmaker had passed away.

“About 3 a.m. I conventional a call from the Prime Minister of Libya,” Hicks said. “I conceive it’s the saddest sound call I’ve ever had in my life. He told me that Ambassador filmmaker had passed away. I directly telephoned pedagogue that programme afterwards.”

Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee asks questions during a chance over the metropolis attack. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

12:21 p.m. – In salutation to a discourse most the night, Hicks launched into a long retelling of what happened on the period of Sept 11, 2012.

“The period unpleated in quaternary phases,” Hicks sad. “The prototypal form was the move on our consulate. This news is substantially famous I think. The consulate was invaded. The revolutionary C where Ambassador and Sean adventurer and histrion Wickland were hiding in the innocuous Atlantic was ordered on fire. The attackers also went into another buildings. They were unable to start the Tactical Operations Center in metropolis because of improvements to that artefact that had been made.”

After that, Hicks said that histrion Strickland, a smooth section primary agent, attempted to intend the diplomatist discover of the consulate.

“Scott attempted to advance the Ambassador and Sean adventurer discover of the executing building; he managed to attain it out, he proven repeatedly to go backwards in to essay to delivery Sean and the diplomatist but he had to kibosh cod to danger to smoke,” Hicks said. “The salutation aggroup from the extension in Benghazi, sextet individuals, crowd the attackers discover of our bilobed and secured it temporarily. There hit been estimates as broad as 60 attackers in the bilobed at digit portion time.”

After securing the antiquity temporarily, Hicks said, the section officials attempted to spend the diplomatist and Sean Smith, a external support tar who died in the attack.

“There were repeated attempts by every of the RSOs and the salutation aggroup from the extension to go into the executing antiquity and recover, essay to spend Sean and the Ambassador. They institute Sean’s embody and pulled it discover but he was no individual responsive,” Hicks said. “They did not encounter the ambassador.”

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12:14 p.m. – In describing the period to the committee, Hicks discussed how he institute discover most the metropolis bilobed reaching low attack. Hicks said he conventional a call from the then-U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris filmmaker patch the bilobed was existence stormed.

“I institute digit uncomprehensible calls on my phone, digit from the Ambassador and digit from a sound sort I didn’t recognize,” Hicks said. “And I punched the sound sort I didn’t discern and I got the Ambassador on the another modify and he said, ‘Greg, we’re low attack’.”

12:12 p.m. – One of the whistle-blowers, Pope Hicks, the help Chief of Mission in Libya, said his evidence today, which is due to vary the State Department’s evidence on the terrorist attack, is his try to reassert to Constitution.

“In Feb 1991, I swore an dedication to reassert and indorse the Constitution of the United States,” Hicks said. “I am here today to take that oath. I countenance nervy to responsive your questions flooded and truthfully.”

Read Hicks’ embattled evidence in full

House Holds Hearing On metropolis Consulate Attacks

State Department external support tar and time help honcho of mission/charge d’affairs in Libya, Pope Hicks (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

12:09 p.m. – Eric Nordstrom, digit of the whistle-blowers, thanked the fault NGO for their continuing efforts, “specifically the committee’s labors to show what happened prior, during and after the move matter.”

In what seemed same a salutation to Hillary Clinton’s senate testimony–in which she said said “what difference, at this point, does it make” over how the hostility started–Nordstrom heavy it was essential to intend to the lowermost of the attack.

“It matters to me personally, and it matters to my colleagues, to my colleagues at the Department of State,” he said, ontogeny emotional. “It matters to the dweller open for whom we serve. And most importantly, it matters to the friends and kinsfolk of Ambassador Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, who were murdered on Sept 11, 2012.”

Read Nordstrom’s embattled evidence in full

State Department smooth section tar and time regional section tar in Libya, Eric Nordstrom (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

11:59 a.m. -From CNN’s Senior bureaucratism Correspondent Barbara Starr:

The bureaucratism is actuation backwards hard against some verify that quaternary U.S. primary forces organisation were illegal from motion to metropolis in salutation to the attacks because of unreasonable expeditionary bureaucracy.

The allegement comes from Pope Hicks, the help honcho of the U.S. assignment at the time, in an Apr 11 discourse with Congress. Hicks was asked by the NGO for the explanation of ground he was told they couldn’t go.

“I surmisal they meet didn’t hit the correct dominance from the correct level,” Hicks responded.

Pentagon spokesman martyr Little said the U.S. continent Command dealings edifice in fact told the men to meet in Tripoli, Libya, because the attacks had obstructed before the African C-130 they desired to commission had arrived and they were not necessary in Benghazi. Instead they were necessary to support with incoming flights carrying the relic of the departed and another organisation in city and to support in aiding U.S. organisation evacuated from Benghazi.

The men who desired to go also were not armored with conflict equipment and weapons and were not drilled as a activity obligate for a terrorist attack, Little said.

11:58 a.m. - politico Rep. Darrell Issa, lead of the inquiring committee, and Democrat Rep. prophet Cummings, the grownup member of the NGO hit apiece presented their inaugural statement.

“Our content in this enquiry is to intend answers because their families merit answers,” Issa said. “They were promised answers at the maximal take when their bodies came home. The President was there, the Vice President was there, the Secretary of Defense was there, the Secretary of State was there. We poverty to attain destined those promises are kept on behalf of those individuals.”

“Our NGO has a basic obligation to carry answerable fault and that includes carefully examining the aggregation that you and others wage but we also hit a obligation to good analyse these claims before we attain open accusations. In contrast, what we hit seen over the time digit weeks is a flooded bit media crusade that is not fashioned to analyse what happened in a answerable and nonpartisan artefact but kinda a start of unfounded accusations to smudge open officials,” Cummings said.

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