Benghazi Consulate investigation putting more lives at risk?
Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz reacts
- Duration 4:59
- Date Oct 22, 2012
Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz reacts
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Well a growing number of Democrats are attacking -- the house oversight committees been Ghazi investigation.
Claiming that it is now risking lives and putting national security at risk.
On Meet the Press senior Obama campaign advisor David Axelrod pointed the finger directly at that committee's chairman -- -- -- Chairman ice in the house on the Republican side released -- reef.
Of -- documents.
That he asked for that included the names of people on the ground in Libya who are cooperating with us and helping us on the security issues jeopardizing their lives carelessly and recklessly putting them at risk.
And now Utah congressman -- -- he is a member of the house oversight committee and he's live with me here in Boca Raton Florida.
-- that's serious that is a serious charge that you released a budget State Department documents.
That you were given by the State Department and you forgot to redact names that could get our friends who -- helping us Libya killed.
Totally not true if you're -- there come from David Axelrod is on the campaign.
It's that part of their consistent message of -- just attack the messenger.
What was reckless what few people and in people's that lives in danger was the fact that on June 6 a terrorist attack happened in Ben Ghazi.
Where we had a wall blown out and they did not fortified -- they did not send more people into it that's the reality of war have to deal with so every document that we released.
Was unclassified and we were very meticulous in making sure that there was no one individual that would -- would cause somebody's life to be -- But help us understand that just because it's unclassified.
Does that mean that that whatever's in there wouldn't lead to harm -- To a Libyan friends that well.
-- -- very cautious about that in fact you heard President Obama always on that hard hitting interview with Jon Stewart on the on his Comedy Central station.
Say that well when documents come out we release them to the American public that's what we did we think America is different than the rest the world.
-- without -- -- document threatening we were on this broadcast on Friday and we saw the documents that James Rosen just got.
And they they've had a lot of newsworthy information -- but that doesn't mean you endanger our Libyan friends or helping us in this effort by doing it.
Would you like to have a redo one that and if you had -- do over again not now wouldn't.
We went through every one of those pages we went -- document by document I did it myself there others involved -- -- to make sure that we didn't release and there -- no I just blacked out some of the -- some of the stuff hasn't been released some of this classified these -- -- cables there are things in there that are redacted and there are things in there that were not released how did you make the decision OK -- -- -- that name -- -- -- -- -- -- you -- -- -- careful -- -- -- -- -- -- tell -- I can assure you -- there -- nothing -- there that -- -- that -- -- it was unclassified -- which is.
Partly the way that the government deals with making sure that no review no no individual name or something got out their self.
I think it's a red -- it distracts from the bigger broader problem that the Obama administration house and how they dealt with this they had a terrorist activity they didn't deal with that and they have bungled this answer ever since -- all they seem to do is -- blame the messenger and their allies of myself others.
That's not the heart of the problem run.
-- that was -- -- that that had is now coming up.
You highly good news we get the Daily -- had a report in early October that cited the CIA talking points that were given to this administration about.
The about protests a Levy allegedly having a connection.
To what we saw at the -- -- consulate the spontaneous demonstration.
Now we know that it wasn't a classic case demonstration that it was a terror attack and the president himself is saying now OK but the question is whether the CIA's.
Has been misleading here hasn't -- as we heard from the CIA Libya consulate guy.
That that they knew was terror we -- from Intel sources that they knew was terror within 24 hours but it seems like that the top -- that the CIA.
And within the intelligence community may have been telling the administration something different.
The administration -- failed to give us a classified briefing that we can explore these these questions.
But also I would argue that if you look at the wealth of information partly what we have released.
It's four shadows that that that terrorism is about.
Coming -- point to what the Interior Minister from Libya issued on September 1.
That they've been ambassador -- sent back to to Washington DC on September 4 literally a week before his death.
Saying that they went on high alert they were losing control al-Qaeda was flying flags -- government buildings there and -- -- and -- it could not have been more crystal clear.
That terrorism was -- they -- terrorist activities going on al-Qaeda and affiliates were actively participating they have already flushed down got the brits believe.
When they did an assassination attempt.
All of this foreshadows the fact that we have a problem there and this administration put less personnel on the ground not.
More telling her regularly see the ambassador Stevens cables on the -- should've done more I mean we'll we'll hear from President Obama met tonight about whether.
This is something that could fairly be put on him or not anyway Jason David thank you thank you we.