Gowdy Statement on Niger Report

Published: Apr 24, 2018

Washington, DC – Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) released the following statement after the Committee received the U.S. Department of Defense report on the October 2017 attack on U.S. service members during an operation in Niger. 

“The Committee has received and is currently reviewing the Department of Defense’s report on the October 2017 attack on U.S. service members in Niger. The Committee looks forward to holding an unclassified public hearing to examine the report’s findings after the Committee of primary responsibility and jurisdiction, the House Armed Services Committee, holds their hearing.”

Background:

  • On October 25, 2017, the Committee sent a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis requesting a briefing regarding the Niger attack.
  • On November 9, 2017, the Committee held a classified briefing with U.S. Department of Defense officials regarding the attack in Niger.
  • In February 2018, the Committee led a Congressional Delegation to Niger.
  • On March 6, the Committee sent a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis requesting a copy of the complete report upon completion. 
  • On April 20, the Committee held a staff briefing on security issues in Niger and the surrounding region.

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