The Obama administration should investigate the Tuesday attacks in Egypt and Libya — including the death of Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador in Libya, to determine whether the incidents were "coordinated," Sen. Jim Risch said Wednesday.
While the two presidential campaigns sparred publicly over the attacks — and the Obama administration's response — the statements from Idaho's two senators were considerably more subdued.
Here are the full comments from Risch, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee:
I extend my deepest sympathies to those who lost loved ones in these vicious attacks. They made the ultimate sacrifice for America and the cause of freedom and I mourn their loss.
The tragic events in Egypt and Libya are both shocking and senseless, and I share the outrage of my fellow Americans. America cannot tolerate attacks against our citizens and values.
Since these events occurred on Sept. 11, I call on the Obama administration to investigate what happened and whether these attacks were coordinated. I appreciate the statements made by the Libyan government concerning these acts and urge them to follow through on pursuing these perpetrators.
I have met Ambassador Stevens and found him to be a knowledgeable, talented, and well-spoken diplomat. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and the families of those who lost loved ones in this attack.
Here, via Facebook, is a statement from Sen. Mike Crapo:
For the first time since 1979, the United States has witnessed the death of one of its ambassadors abroad. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American foreign officers were killed in tragic acts of violence in Libya. These deaths are a terrible loss for the American people and my prayers are with all of their families. These attacks on our Embassy in Cairo and Consulate in Libya cannot stand and is a grim reminder that Americans must remain vigilant and combat this violent extremism.