Discrepancies in response to Benghazi attacks
Rep. Trey Gowdy weighs in
- Duration 5:28
- Date Oct 10, 2012
Rep. Trey Gowdy weighs in
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Now for more on the security failures and Ben Ghazi South Carolina concentrate -- he's a Republican and oversight committee he's going to be asking the questions today.
-- and we appreciate the timing ain't gonna -- to going neck and just a few moments congressmen let's just pick up.
On what Katherine just pointed out of sending an ambassador Bolton talked to us about last hour a discrepancy between the White House is messaging on this the administration.
And other State Department officials why not call secretary of state Hillary Clinton to testify today.
To try to close the gap and understand why there's a difference of opinion -- difference -- explanation.
As to why these attacks happened.
Well I'm gonna defer to -- when -- -- all the witnesses he invited I'm sure he extended an invitation to Secretary Clinton and I'm sure she said let me send them the most knowledgeable person and there will be a representative from the Department of State.
This is not gonna be our only here.
We're not gonna get all the answers that we want -- frankly would like to question Susan -- Every bit as much as Hillary Clinton if not more.
So I I outlook toward the chairman -- -- who he invited and why it again.
The purpose of this hearing today.
For some of my colleagues perspective is the ignoring -- all of these episodes of violence leading up to September the eleventh.
Up more than 200.
Episodes of violence including assassination attempt my focus is going to be the aftermath how this administration.
Could ignore what the intelligence community was telling -- what the State Department was telling up and blame it on a video Susan Rice apparently was the last person in this country.
To know that a video was not responsible for the murder of four of our fellow citizens and I want to know why they sent her on the Sunday talk shows to tell us something.
That is demonstrably false.
What do you think the motivation -- -- or could be.
Well usually when people misrepresent things it's not because the truth serves them better.
It's because the truth I -- -- in trouble they wanna narrative that his administration's foreign policy is working.
That it did his foreign policy of appeasement and apology is working and the reality is we are less respected than we've ever been in that region.
But you know -- -- Machiavellian wrote a little -- said it's good to be loved and feared if you have to pick one.
-- being feared and that's not his foreign policy so he would have to concede.
That is foreign policy has been a failure weeks before a general election and I don't think that's a concession he wants to make.
So what do the ex explanations they give for.
Mentioning the video is that this is how the -- -- the situation develop tell information was collected.
-- condi added some -- that statement was saying that there were still trying to figure out exactly what happened that's something that continues today.
The investigation into exactly.
What type of attack this -- and who's responsible congressman I'm curious.
We -- that there were other people inside the consulate when this attack happened and those folks were evacuated.
Had you had the opportunity to talk to any -- them you know who they are.
What kind of information they -- providing as to what happened that night and.
In the days following.
I do not I know that the congressman -- congressman tickets went to Libya.
Congressman Terry -- has done yeoman work on this I'm sure he does talk to their -- My role today and going after today is going to focus.
On all this faulty explanation why the American people were missed.
-- misled Jason is on a phenomenal job of documenting.
The lead -- to the murder of our four fellow American.
Won't be next.
Let's say that we he can -- to you know -- playing at the scenario.
We understand that there's cable's talking about a deteriorating situation in Libya security situation.
And the response to that is one of the things are going to be talking about today and hearing.
When you find out the answers what's within your power in and congress to do what changes would you want to see made at how would you look how would you follow -- lot.
-- have her say -- into what we're going to hear today.
Well we're gonna do things a little off unlike the administration we're gonna get all of the answers and do our investigation before we make public pronouncements we're not gonna just guess at what needs to be done.
Are you -- correct that there were request for additional security.
Not only was additional security now provided.
They received less security.
We -- to know who of the Department of State has the authority to deny a request from an ambassador who feels like it's like may be in danger for additional security.
I can't imagine any place in the world more dangerous than Libya right now so we're pulling security out of Libya.
I'd like to know where we're taking it and if the ambassador saying he feels.
Threatened and there have been assassination attempts against judges and police officers and the British ambassador is that if that is not an off to ramp up security.
That we need to close the embassy closed the consulate.
If the FBI.
Can't go into a country because it's not safe.
Then why in the world that we have diplomats they're there for two weeks the bureau was not able to secure this crime saying.
Lord knows what forensic evidence we lost we may never know all of them.
The truth because the bureau was two or three weeks delayed in being able to investigate this crime scene so yes part of what we're doing today is making sure that this never happens again.
Would you support -- what I'm doing is bringing honor to a lobster before people who were killed and I'll wanna know why their government.
Let them down there government sent them there they're government said no when it comes to more security at -- wanna know what other government let them down.
For the third day hearings in the answers this question congressman and -- have to go into the hearing at this time we're watching.
And thank you very much for joining us by the way ahead of that I --