TODAY   |  May 07, 2013

Republicans: New witnesses report Benghazi cover-up

GOP members of Congress are saying they have new State Department witnesses not interviewed by the independent review board on Benghazi who are reporting a State Department cover-up involving Hillary Clinton. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reports.

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>>> new accusations this morning tied to last september's deadly attack on the u.s. mission in benghazi , libya. nbc chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell has the late for us. andrea, good morning.

>> reporter: good morning. the attack on that benghazi mission and its cia outpost went on for hours, but now gregory hicks, at the time the deputy of the mission in tripoli, has told house republicans he called for help from four more special forces officers in italy and overruled by the military possibly costing, he says, at least two lives but the pentagon is pushing back saying the commandos had to defend tripoli and was not prepared for a combat mission . the closest jets were in italy five hours away. still, house republicans say that hicks and other state department witnesses can prove that hillary clinton and her special review board covered up, but the leaders of that independent review board on benghazi , admiral mike mullen and ambassador tom pickering say that they had unfettered access to everyone and everything, and there is, of course, a political subtext here. after all, those republicans are taking direct aim at clinton, the country's most popular democrat and the potential presidential candidate. those hearings start tomorrow. willie?

>> andrea mitchell in washington for us, thank you.