Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-50) said he would introduce legislation Wednesday that gives the President authorization to use force against the terrorists and organizations responsible for the 2012 attack in Benghazi that left four Americans dead.

Rep. Duncan Hunter. Official photo

“As important as it is to gain absolute clarity on the Benghazi attacks through ongoing oversight, it is no less important for the President, as Commander-in-Chief, to possess the necessary authority to strike targets directly linked to the attacks,” said Hunter, a member of the House Armed Services Committee and veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Having the authority is by no meanHunter to introduce legislation to target Benghazi attackersHunter to introduce legislation to target Benghazi attackerss a requirement to use it.  But with four dead Americans, the President must not be restricted from holding individuals and organizations responsible. ”

Rep. Hunter wrote to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs in February to ask where use-of-force legislation was necessary, and was told it is.

Another Congressman from San Diego County, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-49), is leading a House investigation of the attacks.

Duncan’s 50th district includes Santee, Alpine, Escondido, Fallbrook, Temecula and most of east San Diego County north of Interstate 8.

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