Rep. King: 'There was no demonstration' in Libya
New York congressman on handling of Benghazi attack
- Duration 6:09
- Date Oct 13, 2012
New York congressman on handling of Benghazi attack
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We are working as thoroughly and expeditiously.
Knowing that we cannot afford it.
To sacrifice accuracy.
And of course our government is -- no effort.
In tracking down the terrorists who perpetrated this attack.
Less secretary of state Hillary Clinton saying the investigation into the embassy attack in India that left four Americans dead remains top priority despite the fall out.
Over an alleged -- in this investigation that continues to raise big concerns about what happened and why.
Now the chairman of the homeland security committee in congress is pushing hard for answers and wants the State Department to have the group responsible for the Libya attack designated as a foreign terrorist organization.
How did he is joining us now with more on this congressman welcome great to have you here.
We'll rumored to be review.
Let me ask you this you believe the group known as aunts are -- Syria is a full blown jihadist terror we're working with al-Qaeda affiliates and -- behind this attack.
If -- officially call -- terrorist organization what impact does that have now and on the ongoing investigation.
-- that would give our.
Agency's far more power for instance.
There's area and much greater standard for defining what would be what -- -- terror would just defined the foreign terrorist organization.
Many of their activities can then be Victoria's -- we whipped and criminally we can shrug we're crimes it would be charged and otherwise.
We could also seize their assets -- their properties -- their funding so it just makes it much easier.
Follow -- law enforcement and military intelligence agencies.
To go way -- to -- it just gives us.
All the leverage of our government to use against them once they -- officially declared -- foreign terrorist organization.
Moving on investigation -- you know we learned a security officers were withdrawn from Libya even as a conditions.
We're getting worse there it was a higher ups who denies it continued for the protection.
How do you find out any more information about why this happens.
-- this again is one of the unanswered questions what is clear from the testimony had paralyzed is hearing the other day.
That the regional security officer felt believes strongly that more security was needed so do lieutenant colonel who was station that he believed the more security was needed.
-- for whatever reason that was denied.
And I think that's one of the reasons why the administration is reluctant to tell the full story about what happened that night why they didn't want -- declared a terrorist events.
Because that would leave them -- your question why they had inadequate security at the council.
What can you tell us about a security camera video at our diplomatic post in Libya and what's on that tape.
Yet we're still trying to find that and that's really need to be an issue here when the president and the vice president keep saying that the intelligence community.
Did not have enough evidence to say it was a terrorist attack in the beginning.
Well assuming that's -- I don't believe it has been assuming that's true.
The fact is the State Department know what was happening there's the president and the vice president that I gonna say that they didn't ask the secretary of state.
What are people on the ground sore because what we learned at the testimony that -- today at the hearing.
The fact is that the war is no war demonstration.
There was no demonstration got out of control there's -- no demonstration to begin with and it was clear from the start.
This was a terrorist attack so is the administration playing acute here.
Yes they spoke to the CIA -- the Director of National Intelligence but did not speak to the State Department -- no one had more assets or resources on the ground.
That -- -- the State Department they were the ones -- that they were the ones were under fire and that attack was being watched and listened to in real time by State Department people in Washington.
And why we heard a louder chorus of people calling Hillary Clinton to testify in congress that what happens.
-- a lot of us have a great regardless Secretary Clinton and refuse to select the one adult -- -- -- professional in the administration.
So I think there was a certain reluctance at the start to work.
Question Hillary Clinton Secretary Clinton but I do think there are questions that she has to answer for instance.
Did the president at any time if -- September 11.
-- -- what happened on the ground at the consulate was only the State Department would have that information.
Did the second did the vice president did the president speak did the intelligence officials speak to cry what did she tell them.
Chris remember week after this attack.
Jay -- was still talking about a demonstration.
Outside the or consulate and did the White House speak to Secretary Clinton what was the situation on the ground -- now we know that there was -- demonstration.
When did she first realized that there was no demonstration and in effect this was a coordinated.
Terrorist attack also.
The secretaries you have to answer why.
More security was I given out that I'm that bench decision I'm -- -- became general level but what is -- do in the future.
To make sure that at these outposts we have many of whom.
Many of which are very dangerous area every is willing -- -- as security that we now know they need especially since unlike with the president is claimed.
Al-Qaeda is not been decimated.
There are al-Qaeda are our franchise's.
-- over the Middle East and North Africa al-Qaeda in the Maghreb a Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
Local -- out of Bob -- -- in Iraq so this is a mutating.
Cancers type movement and it's still very very dangerous.
They get to one -- from the front running at a time really quickly we still again don't know who told Susan Rice to put out that fictitious story.
About the spontaneous demonstrations of this is all because of an anti Muslim video and that remains a central question is it not.
It certainly does insist that mr.
-- as you heard -- the intelligence community that's who she spoke about she also reports the State Department.
Did she S State Department officials what happened on the ground that might associate -- If you're the intelligence ask them they would have -- there was no demonstration and this was a coordinated terrorist type attack.
Okay have Peter King always great to see you with your insights thank you so much for for joining us today I -- you're gonna stand top this and will continue to.
Bring you on the program to continue to update us appreciate it.