WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee said Thursday that it will hold a hearing regarding the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya on Nov. 15 and additional hearings will follow.
The committee said in a statement that the hearing will focus on the intelligence collection and threat reporting relating to Libya prior to the attack and "what actions were taken in response. "
The hearing will also try to find out "what is now known about the events of Sept. 11, who was responsible for the attack, and what efforts are being made to find and hold those responsible to account," the statement said.
In a U.S. House committee hearing on Oct. 10, U.S. security officers who had worked in Libya said that the American security presence at the Benghazi consulate was insufficient prior to the attack.
The attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on the night of Sept. 11 led to the deaths of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three of his staff and shocked the United States.
Amid the presidential campaign season, the attack has been turned into a partisan bickering. The Republicans accused the State Department of being caught unprepared for the assault, while the Democrats criticized their opponents for conducting one-sided investigation on this matter.