The House committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi held two closed-door meetings this week with the State and Justice departments.

The classified meeting Tuesday with the State Department focused on embassy security. The second meeting, with the Justice Department, centered on witnesses who could later appear before the committee.

 The meetings also included officials from Diplomatic Security and the FBI.

“The select committee met in closed session to discuss the facts surrounding the attacks on our mission facility and annex in Benghazi,” committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said. “The Department of State provided new information to the committee and answered questions raised by committee members.”

The attacks at a U.S. compound in Libya left four Americans dead, including ambassador Chris Stevens.

Gowdy has long said the bulk of the committee’s work would be done in private and classified meetings, and the panel has been working behind the scenes since last fall to comb through thousand of pages of documents collected by the half-dozen other congressional committees that investigated the attacks.

“The committee is continuing its probe into all aspects of Benghazi and is currently focused on ensuring access to all first-hand accounts from those on the ground that night,” Gowdy said. “This process will be ongoing and in some respects must remain classified.”

Credit politico.com January 14, 2015