Hearing on deadly terror attack in on US consulate in Libya
Amb. John Bolton weighs in
- Duration 4:03
- Date Oct 10, 2012
Amb. John Bolton weighs in
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Right now big story today lawmakers on Capitol Hill are getting ready to grilled top State Department officials.
Over what's been described as an ever changing story concerning the deadly terror attack.
I'm US consulate in -- -- he remembered the Obama administration initially.
Pointed to the assaults in Libya as a spontaneous.
Protest that had to do with this anti Muslim film here's secretary of state Hillary Clinton -- And the days right after the deadly attack on September 11.
There is no justification.
None at all.
To this video with violence.
Joining us now back on -- former US ambassador to the UN and a Fox News contributor ambassador Bolton what we -- what we've heard last night.
-- senior State Department officials that gave that bad briefing to journalists about.
The situation in Ben Ghazi -- precursor if you will be hearing today.
And they did not point to any evidence at any time.
That supported the conclusion that this was a protest or spontaneous -- so what do you make of how this story has developed over the last several.
Weeks well I think the briefing last night is also consistent with reports that on September the twelfth the day after the assassination.
Patrick Kennedy undersecretary for management briefed hill staff.
That it was a terrorist attack so I think that there's a potential here.
For a real split between the career side of the State Department who are not about to be blamed for this if they don't think they were responsible that the career us.
On the one hand and the Obama administration on the other you you had that.
-- -- Secretary Clinton machine she is on record several times as saying that the violence was caused by the video.
Famously ambassador rice did five Sunday TV shows and said that the White House spokesman said it.
But if if there's consistency it appears to be in the career side of the State Department.
Saying from the get go it was a terrorist attack I think that's going to be an interest thing centerpiece of this hearing today is it because.
Career bureaucracy vs the White House.
Let let me ask you a little bit about procedure you worry UN ambassador you remember this it means he worked for the State Department you were a member of that president's cabinet that the same as.
Ambassador rice at this time and I'm just curious as information brakes as it comes in.
Is there any chance that different people get.
Different information and perhaps that happened here.
Yeah what I was not a member of the president's cabinet I think this may be part of the the problem and how you have to cabinet officials in the same department that that's a prescription I think for potential trouble.
But obviously when top officials go out and trying to explain a particular event.
They should have access to the fullest amount of information otherwise it's a prescription for the administration to get itself.
In trouble as it's done here but normally that would not be in the purview of the UN ambassador.
Job is not responsible for diplomatic security and Libya or anywhere else other than.
New York so I think one interest in question was why Susan Rice was asked to go on those Sunday shows or why she volunteered.
Rather than secretary of state Clinton who does have the responsibility.
And by the way ambassador rice herself is a member of the president's candidate -- make and made that clear even though.
I you were not ambassador Bolton just a quick thought on that -- and I'm gonna carry you over I -- a commercial break but why do you think.
The UN ambassador was put -- boat that we haven't heard too much from the UN since that since since that time that Sunday show circuit.
Whether two possibilities one is that the White House said congratulations.
You've got the short straw.
Or two Secretary Clinton for whatever reason decided she didn't want to have to carry that message I mean I think this is a hidden story that.
That that people of not focused on where was Hillary Clinton after those early statements where why she gets her department.