By DONNA CASSATA and RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — An interim report by House Republicans faults the State Department and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for security deficiencies at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya prior to last September's attack.
The report by GOP members of five House committees says senior State Department officials, including Clinton, approved reductions in security. The report cites an April 12, 2012, cable with Clinton's signature acknowledging the request for more security yet allowing further reductions.
The Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. mission killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
The report comes as more than 100 House GOP members separately have pushed for Republican House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) to create a select committee to investigate the attack.
The Associated Press obtained a copy of the report Tuesday.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.