"I am ultimately responsible for what's taking place there because these are my folks, and I'm the one who has to greet those coffins when they come home."
October 18 -- Obama talking to Jon Stewart on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show"
"The government is a big operation and any given time, something screws up. And you make sure that you find out what's broken and you fix it."
"When four Americans get killed, it's not optimal. We're going to fix it. All of it."
When Stewart asked about "confusion" over the Benghazi attack, the president laid out what he learned from the situation.
"(We) weren't confused about the fact that four Americans had been killed. I wasn't confused about the fact that we needed to ramp up diplomatic security around the world right after it happened. I wasn't confused about the fact that we had to investigate exactly what happened so it gets fixed. And I wasn't confused about the fact that we're going to hunt down whoever did it."
October 19 -- Several senior administration officials tell CNN that UN Ambassador Susan Rice's use of the word "spontaneous" was a poor word choice
Several officials say instead of calling it "spontaneous," it might have been better phrased as: the attack had not been long planned, or there were no signs of an upcoming attack on September 11. Rice relied on talking points provided by the CIA that were not edited by the White House.
October 24 -- CNN obtains e-mails showing evidence that the White House knew of extremist claims in Benghazi attack
Two hours after the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, the White House, the State Department and the FBI were told that an Islamist group had claimed credit, government e-mails obtained by CNN show.
One of the e-mails -- sent from a State Department address to various government agencies -- specifically identifies Ansar al-Sharia as claiming responsibility for the attack on its Facebook page and on Twitter.
The e-mails raise further questions about the seeming confusion on the part of the Obama administration to determine the nature of the September attack and those who planned it.
October 24 -- Hillary Clinton on e-mails
"The Independent Accountability Review Board is already hard at work looking at everything, not cherry picking one story here or one document there but looking at everything, which I highly recommend as the appropriate approach to something as complex an attack like this.
"You know, posting something on Facebook is not in and of itself evidence. I think it just underscores how fluid the reporting was at the time and continued for some time to be."
October 24 -- Jay Carney noted the e-mail about the claim of responsibility
"Was an open-source, unclassified e-mail referring to an assertion made on a social media site that everyone in this room had access to and knew about instantaneously.
"The whole point of an intelligence community and what they do is to assess strands of information and make judgments about what happened and who was responsible."
November 1 -- Intelligence official offers new timeline for Benghazi attack
A senior U.S. intelligence official emphatically denied that the CIA refused repeated requests from its officers on the ground in Benghazi to assist the Americans under attack at the mission.
The official offered almost a minute-by-minute account of what happened that night.
November 9 -- Timeline released
The Pentagon released an hour-by-hour timeline of the September 11 assault, highlighting when Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and senior commanders were informed of the attack and when decisions were made to move forces to assist.
November 15 -- Benghazi hearing takes place
Republicans and Democrats attended closed-door sessions of the House and Senate intelligence committees. They vowed to keep asking questions and keep holding hearings to determine not only how Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans died, but also whether officials were forthright in the attack's aftermath.