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Want to move back now to our top story lawmakers set to grill State Department officials on what exactly happened and the terror attack in Libya this is the State Department now says late last night.
It always knew the attack was pre planned despite senior Obama administration officials.
In the days after that attack pointing the blame -- anger over an anti Muslim film -- senator Bob -- -- As on the foreign relations committee he's just back from Libya.
This is his first television interview since returning from the region and senator welcome home and good morning to you.
No good morning to you get be back thank you thank you based on what you have learned was this a cover up.
Well look at -- -- just tell you that in real time at the very hot very highest levels of our our government and they knew this was a terrorist attack ads that was happening and certainly within 24 hours.
Knew most every detail about what it happened so that's why apps that -- the -- very beginning this has just been totally bizarre as far as how they responded.
It's far -- culpability.
Regarding operations on the ground and -- a hearing today.
There's a lot they'll be a lot of discussions but the fact is that we have these expeditionary roles where we have people.
Ford and countries that basically.
Are our control Bob militias.
I think there -- a lot of policy issues there that have to be answered and I'm sure -- hearing today will be helpful -- that.
We are we're looking forward and really getting getting some headlines -- let me back up just a moment you can because you can't set.
That in the early hours of this attack on September 11 that the administration knew everything.
What did they know.
Now there's there's no question.
And I think today I mean there's been revelations -- You know from the very beginning everyone knew this was a terrorist attack coming that there's no question and that's why this has been totally bizarre.
To make bill what this is about about a -- -- you know I've been at a loss as to why.
All of this would have been portrayed that way that this and to me what I think it's about in this -- Woolsey son.
I think this speaks to the character of this administration and I think they know that the president is very vulnerable at this -- accomplice.
Spike in the football regarding Osama bin Laden.
The fact is that extremism and violent groups and al-Qaeda is very much on the run right now coming there -- lot and they're back filling in Afghanistan as we move out.
The Arab Spring has created a whole new opening for these extremists -- group -- groups to really.
Come against democratic values and I think what they know -- that.
This is -- crates of vulnerability for the for the president and I what I hate about it is.
And all of this there have -- Americans who have been heroic -- met two gentleman and I won't give the details that I promise you almost every American.
Would be emotionally overwhelmed to see what these people did in rescuing other Americans.
And to make what the White House has done in order to save their own political -- and follow image on this issue is they have dishonored.
Many people around this world that many people that sacrificed their lives and in this case.
The people and and -- see that risked their lives to really protect those people who were out there trying to pull push -- our national interest on these are not think.
That's why does he does not make these these these are heavy charges.
Now are are you -- I think based on what you have learned that Secretary Clinton.
That President Obama.
That they have been lying through all those.
Well I act at all I don't use those kinds of war -- this know that.
I know that you know people have known from the very beginning that these were terrorist acts and you know I mean we know that I mean look at the heavy caliber of fire that was taking place the distance from which it was -- current.
Mean this was a very sophisticated attack and I'll leave it to hearings and -- other investigations but there's no question that.
At the highest levels of our government and government this was mound in the very beginning but the explanation -- The explanation your offering us now -- said this was all about an election.
You stand by that I don't think that a -- I'm in outlook get you know -- it.
Susan Rice five days later there is no question.
No question beyond -- out of it now.
That it was -- differently that this was not.
About any foul and I think she candidly.
Not theory and I don't know we'll find out somebody -- write a book about this I guess at some point.
But I think she was thrown under the bus.
You know she's.
So so yet how I will say what happened but -- lose -- this get back the fact is that this was a terrorist act.
They most of us knew and thought it was a terrorist act from the very beginning.
Now there'd -- tales that are coming out from the State Department that are -- that.
And again to me this is all about presidential election and it's all about a White House this is my opinion now OK -- -- A White House that it's time to protect this -- damage that we have in fact Christ.
These extremist groups around the world a fact is there mutating.
The world is -- very dangerous place.
We have many outstanding Americans that are kinda pursue our national interest in very -- very dangerous places.
And hopefully you know will adapt to that and posture ourselves in that way in the future so that.
The likelihood of this happening again is is remote -- corps workers thank you for your time.
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