Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Secretary of State John Kerry announced Tuesday the recall and reassignment of four Benghazi consulate employees who were placed under administrative leave while the State Department investigated the deadly terrorist attack on the post in September last year.
A senior department official cited Kerry’s reason for not firing Diplomatic Security Chief Eric Boswell, security officials Charlene Lamb and Scott Bultrowicz and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Maghreb Region Raymond Maxwell after the consulate attack that killed ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three consulate security staff on Sept. 11. 2012.
Kerry based the reinstatement of the four employees on the findings of the Accountability Review Board (AWB) that investigated the attack. The AWB found they did not commit any security breach during the attack and recommended their reassignment to other duties.
Maxwell confirmed his reactivation in an interview with Daily Beast on Monday. The department, however, is not saying their new positions.
Boswell resigned in December 2012.
Meanwhile, Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, criticized Kerry for not holding the four employees accountable for security lapses in the Benghazi consulate.
Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton ordered the four to take administrative leave last year while their performance was evaluated.