November 16 -- Former CIA Director David Petraeus testified on Capitol Hill
Petreaus said that the attack was an act of terrorism committed by al Qaeda-linked militants.
November 19 -- Official: Changes to Benghazi talking points made by intelligence community
The intelligence community -- not the White House, State Department or Justice Department -- was responsible for the substantive changes made to the talking points distributed for government officials who spoke publicly about the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, the spokesman for the director of national intelligence said.
December 14 -- Susan Rice withdraws from consideration as secretary of State
After heavy criticism from Republicans over her statements after the attacks, Rice withdrew her name from consideration for secretary of state.
In a letter to President Barack Obama, she said "the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive, and costly -- to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities. That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country."
January 23 -- Hillary Clinton
"We continue to hunt the terrorists responsible for the attacks in Benghazi and are determined to bring them to justice.
"There's evidence that the attacks were deliberate, opportunistic and precoordinated but not necessarily indicative of extensive planning."
January 29 -- Hillary Clinton on CNN
Asked in a CNN interview why she didn't "connect the dots" about some of the security threats that existed in Libya before the attack, Clinton said those threats were considered "manageable" by the State Department's evaluation and security professionals.
"We have a lot of (threats) around the world. I mean there is a long list of attacks that have been foiled, assassination plots that have been prevented, so this is not some one-off event. This is considered in an atmosphere of a lot of threats and dangers, and at the end of the day, there was a decision made that this would be evaluated but (the Consulate) would not be closed, and, unfortunately, we know what happened."
February 3 -- Leon Panetta to CNN: Benghazi an intel failure
Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told CNN's Candy Crowley that he had little warning that an attack on the Benghazi compound was imminent. "That's just the nature of dealing with the Middle East," he said. "We've learned some lessons, obviously, from what happened in Benghazi."
April 18 -- John Kerry: Let's move on
Secretary of State John Kerry told lawmakers he suggested were harping on the Obama administration's response to the Benghazi attacks: Let's move on.
"Let's get this done with, folks," Kerry told the House Foreign Affairs Committee in his first appearance before Congress after taking office. "I do not want to spend the next year coming up here talking about Benghazi."
May 6 --- Diplomat raises concerns
Greg Hicks, a former top diplomat in Libya, said he expressed concern that more could have been done by the military to protect those under attack at the main U.S. compound and annex in Benghazi. Hicks wondered why the military did not send a plane into Libyan airspace as a show of force, and why four U.S. Special Operations soldiers were not permitted to travel to Benghazi on a Libyan plane the morning after the attack.
May 8 -- Republicans and Democrats tangle
The House Oversight Committee hearing featured a riveting account of the Benghazi assault by Gregory Hicks that included his last phone call with Stevens in which the ambassador told him "We're under attack." Hicks, one of three "whistleblowers" who testified, was joined by Mark Thompson and Eric Nordstrom. Hicks said his "jaw dropped" when he heard Susan Rice tie the attack to a spontaneous demonstration, which he said never occurred to his knowledge. Democrats and Republicans tangled over the fierce partisan politics surrounding the attack with one lawmaker accusing the Obama administration of covering up events. Democrats blasted the GOP for politicizing a tragedy. Jay Carney defended the administration's handling of the attacks, saying it had "made extraordinary efforts to work with" Congress on multiple investigations.
May 9 -- Kerry vows to get answers