Continued scrutiny into WH Libya response
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- Duration 3:55
- Date Oct 11, 2012
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Well just a little more than two hours Vice President Biden and congressman Paul -- -- beyond that stage as moderator Martha Raddatz in.
Foreign policy will be a topic it may actually be the first that's my bet.
It's in Martha Raddatz is -- house's national security correspondent we're back to the panel Libya a big topic.
-- which had a fiery interview with us Stephanie Cutter with the Obama campaign on that topic Steve what about that and where this story is heading and where it's -- -- from here.
-- there are two things that struck me about your interview with Stephanie Cutter one she didn't have answers for many of the questions.
That you're -- to when she did having answers they weren't very good -- -- the answer she gave about why they were still talking about the videotape she said.
I believe she said we learned three weeks later or maybe she said we learned weeks later that it was a premeditated terrorist attack.
That -- not true it's simply false they learned immediately that it was an al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb attack we knew quickly that it was premeditated they were briefing.
That members of congress on Capitol Hill telling them this there was a State Department comment that that this was an attack that had been planned and premeditated.
What she said tonight I think dug the hole deeper rather than help them out.
One I read this quote and it's really part of this conference call that we have this week.
That originally we weren't invited to but the State Department held.
And -- this question about you know what prompted you to.
Tied the attack and bank -- to the video in the State Department official says well that's a question he would have to ask others.
That was not all our conclusion.
From the beginning.
Then you have this testimony yesterday on Capitol Hill -- which this woman -- Helms says -- -- in Constant Contact they had video.
Connection with the perimeter camera's there they knew it wasn't protest it was calm all day.
And they were in Constant Contact with the people there.
So where was the disconnect with rice going out five days later and then the president on David Letterman linking the video to the big -- -- attack.
Two days after rice is on the five Sunday talk show.
Well I think what you got here -- a situation where there's a larger cache of intelligence material being interpreted by people like.
James clapper the Director of National Intelligence -- come out and said that in fact.
He had given information to people like.
Susan Wright as an intelligence problem it would be unintelligible because -- ever -- plan -- transition over the last.
At first that's etc.
that's the department of -- and -- as that that's what rice that and that's what the undersecretary Kennedy said just yesterday.
But you know there are examples of specific instances that you just -- Where individuals -- you know what we thought right from the start.
This was highly suspicious in addition to which they could link the individual who'd been at Guantanamo who was -- then became the focus investigative efforts Charles.
Look -- we know that there was no demonstration it was all of fiction.
The question is when Susan Rice who went out.
Did the White House know about what she was gonna say -- -- secretary of state now.
That I think he's the ultimate question -- who told her to say those.
And I think in the end that's what's going on -- as the Watergate scandal that much about who -- up high and when.
And I'll remind you that nobody died in Watergate.
The other thing to point out is the president is on David Letterman two days after Susan rises on those five.
Sunday talk shows.
Linking those -- -- and this is a story that is not going away.
Iraq and they continue on that -- on that theme over and over again about that video when he was completely irrelevant.
Charles thank you very much we'll see you later on for the coverage scheme -- as always that is it for the panel to stay tuned.