KIRKWOOD, Mo. -- Newt Gingrich accused the White House of lying about the events that led to the death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya during the recent attack on a diplomatic mission in that country.
"This administration has lied to the American people for over a week," said Gingrich, a former GOP presidential candidate, during a campaign stop Monday in Missouri for U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin.
"They have refused to tell the truth about Benghazi," Gingrich said about the Libyan city where the ambassador and three other Americans were killed in the deadly attack.
Initial reports indicated that protesters were outraged over an American-made film's depiction of the prophet Muhammad, sparking a wave of violence against U.S. diplomatic missions across the Muslim world in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. More recently, however, there have been reports that the attack in Libya may have been planned.