Transcript: President Obama on reports of Benghazi attack victims blocked from coming forward with their stories – April 30, 2013 press conference

Transcript of President Barack Obama’s remarks on the reports of State Department staff blocked from coming forward with their stories about the Benghazi attack. The press conference was held on April 30, 2013:

Question:
And on the Benghazi portion, I know pieces of this story have been litigated, you’ve been asked about it. But there are people in your own State Department saying they’ve been blocked from coming forward, that they survived the terror attack and they want to tell their story. Will you help them come forward and just say it once and for all?

President Barack Obama:
I’m not familiar with this notion that anybody has been blocked from testifying. So what I’ll do is I will find out what exactly you’re referring to. What I’ve been very clear about from the start is that our job with respect to Benghazi has been to find out exactly what happened, to make sure that U.S. embassies not just in the Middle East but around the world are safe and secure, and to bring those who carried it out to justice.

But I’ll find out what exactly you’re referring to.

Question:
They’ve hired an attorney because they’re saying that they’ve been blocked from coming forward.

President Barack Obama:
I’m not familiar with it.

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