Rep. Quayle: Saw 'no inappropriate behavior' on Israel trip
New fallout from swim in Sea of Galilee
- Duration 5:09
- Date Aug 21, 2012
New fallout from swim in Sea of Galilee
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-- if there is no -- this morning from a swim in the Sea of Galilee by members of congress.
During a trip to Israel about a year ago more allegations of inappropriate behavior by congressman after an apology from Kansas Republican Kevin Yoder.
Who admitted skinny dipping at the holy site for a short just.
I guess at the moment or other members of congress are jumping in and I made -- mistake and I'm dining and in.
Insiders and for about ten seconds and -- got back out and it's obviously mistaken something I regret.
So of the thirty representatives on the trip about half jumped in -- swim at some point but.
Base and all the reporting everyone except for -- was wearing their clothes my next guest was one of them.
Arizona congressman Ben Quayle member of both the house homeland security and judiciary committees is with me now today out of Arizona sir good morning to you.
They've got Heidi got -- finally get a chance to tell your side of the story here you're it is -- about a year ago August 2011.
What happen when you went to the Sea of Galilee that he.
Well I was with my wife who is -- half months pregnant and we're having a great dinner at the Sea of -- of -- said in a very long day.
And you know some people have been talking about this is the only opportunity that -- -- want to go into the sea where Jesus walked on water.
And there's this story that there was -- Politico in the picture that was being really painted.
Was not what I saw or was around it was not around when congressman -- Entered the water was not in the -- or near any of that and but I was able to go and properly attired -- -- this hit hat.
And swim very briefly in this in the Sea of -- and actually is able to take a little little -- water home to baptize my daughter.
With this in water from the city of Dolly let me go through a couple quick questions here where you don't ranking -- -- your wife is pregnant were you drinking.
I had a glass of wine maybe -- it at dinner but there was no in -- pro rather unusual behavior that I saw this but I did leave but I did leave early how long were you at the signal yet that particular spot.
The dinner lasted a long time I don't know exactly the amount of time but it was obviously when my wife said you know I'm ready to go home you know question and it happens it was -- it was just -- couple minutes was at thirty minutes an hour -- -- that.
Mean at dinner now after dinner -- the trip to into the Sea of Galilee down water.
-- I was in the water for thirty seconds at most OK but you went -- Sea of Galilee that you went back your hotel where -- just trying to get a time -- here yet.
Yeah I went -- got the water actually experienced the Sea of Galilee I was not been involved in a big group for anything that was inappropriate.
And than my wife and I went back -- up and just to be cleared did you see Kevin Yoder the time when you were there.
I did not see him in the behavior that you is talking about the admitted I was not around that it -- started back in time did the FBI speak to you.
No and that's the one part of the story that was really confusing because.
When people start talking about -- the reporter did there was no questioning of me or anybody else on the trip.
And so that's what I think that it is a little confusing and a lot of people are starting to see that that is giving the -- -- -- the LA times said something NBC said something that there was no investigation.
So I think that that's one of the the areas where I think that the story is completely wrong that Eric Cantor is with you on that trip he had a bit of a talking to the next day.
What what'd he say to the group.
Including it it.
Yeah -- a whole group it was everybody is on the trip -- just said let's refocus on what's really the trip is all about.
All right and and the trip was abouts.
What's that about foreign policy what was it about.
Well as a couple different things I think that is an educational trip for for justice in the the strategic importance of Israel and the threats that they face.
And is also for me and my wife who's a very spiritual.
Trip as well because we've got to see and visit all of the sites that we've read about on the bottles since her kids -- Not your opponent -- this primary that takes place a week from today is Dave -- weicker.
He had this to say about market to react right after we listen to him sort of brings back.
The sort of the history of sort of dot G activity.
Ben Quayle was involved in a couple years ago.
Dot -- activity what do you say to your challenges.
Well I think this is actually a nice thing there were reviewing his his true colors here this is a person who has lied continuously.
During this campaign.
And he's trying to take a story.
That is untrue about me and my wife this is -- a time that I talked my pastor about.
When I got home about -- to see it this women -- going to take some -- home this was a very important trip for me and my wife.
And for him to tell lie about it and make this jump of and conclusion of something that I was not a part of -- -- I see and I think it just shows his character.
Of of of lying which is a professional well a professional.
But he's a professional liar and if you can look down here.
The history of this campaign you can see that -- Ben Quayle will watch to see -- turns out in the -- thank you for your time today.
In Arizona -- if there's.