During the weeks before the November presidential election, questions about the Sept. 11 attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans came primarily from Republicans. Few Democrats were willing to question their president's administration just before a critical election.
Now, both Democrats and Republicans in Congress want to know more about how the State Department handled security at the embassy in Benghazi both before and during the Sept. 11 attack.
What is known is worrisome enough - and should lead reasonable observers, regardless of political leanings, to wonder how deep the cover-up goes. What we already know includes this:
Those two facts, beyond being disputed, are bad enough. Lawmakers of both political parties, now holding hearings on the attack, should leave no stone unturned to find out how much more was kept secret until the press began digging after the attack.