McCain: Clinton 'harming her reputation'
GOP senator reacts to the Libya 'cover-up'
- Duration 5:51
- Date Oct 25, 2012
GOP senator reacts to the Libya 'cover-up'
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Fox News has obtained yet more.
Internal emails this one sent by the State Department to members the Obama administration.
-- this document describes an attack on a shelter about a mile away from the US consulate in Ben Ghazi Libya under mortar attack -- -- secretary of state Hillary Clinton.
Downplaying some of those emails a bit yesterday at the State Department you know.
Posting something on FaceBook.
Is not in -- -- itself evidence.
And I think it just underscores how fluid the reporting.
Was at the time and continued for some time to -- Both Senator John McCain is -- history.
The senator just sent a letter to the White House come asking for more questions members -- Armed Service Committee answer welcome back here to America's Newsroom.
Thank you built my first question is a simple one.
Based on the emails that now are now saying that were transmitted hundreds of members of administration throughout Washington.
How did they know change the story in your view.
Well it's just.
And by the way I it will always admired Secretary Clinton and frankly I'm.
I'm really a little bit -- -- saddened because she's really harming her reputation by engaging in this.
Incredible cover up throwing yourself under the boxes a couple of time she's.
She's done that but you know it's not -- -- posting on FaceBook.
This is email sent from the scene.
That alerted people -- warned them that there was going on you know their fundamental statement Anderson during this whole thing.
At least for ten or twelve days was so that was a quote spontaneous demonstration.
Say hateful video -- there was no demonstration.
There and nor is there any evidence whatsoever that they ever transmittal that information -- somewhere somebody manufactured.
This whole scenario that the demonstration in Cairo then caused one and -- guys -- then good and just got out of hand.
You don't go to demonstrations with mortars.
And rocket propelled grenades -- -- everybody knew that what what did you Hillary Clinton says were cherry picking information.
-- who -- what information is they had to do they have what intelligence basis did they say.
That this was a spontaneous demonstration there is none because that -- was no demonstration.
Christine and say good -- to the Turkish ambassador at 830 at night and there was nothing happening.
There's real time videos that were being sent back about this attack and it was clear it was -- -- demonstration.
It went on for seven hours and I on this whole issue of the military and where they were.
Should have been a key day we should -- -- forces on alert we should -- had F sixteens we should have had other.
Forces on alert because we know that September 11 has -- day of great tension throughout that part of the world and finally again.
The warnings you know.
Chris -- last message.
To the White House before -- took back the State Department before he died.
Was his concerns about the lack of security what did the president know about the attacks of October.
At and April.
And it worked action on the embassy why did the British clothes on their consulate why of the British close their consulate -- -- the Red Cross sleep.
Why did lieutenant colonel would say we -- the last flag standing.
Because of there.
Failure to act over information they had the consulate -- -- guys you became a death -- US three specific questions in your letter yesterday here is one of them why -- requests for greater security not -- Who's responsible for that decision senator.
Well the first obviously it -- goes up to the State Department and may be the president didn't know about those.
But didn't the president know -- -- briefed about the previous attacks on our consulate.
And both in April and in June was and he.
Told of the deteriorating situation.
In been guys -- which everybody know about obviously the British know about it because they closed.
So maybe he didn't know.
Some of the details -- my god he should have been briefed.
We have American citizens in that consulate whose lives will actually endanger them when they were plenty of warnings.
-- about the -- there one more point on this Joseph Biden is Susan Rice on the talk shows she hit all five of them five days afterwards -- on the video.
The president was on David Letterman the following Monday or thereabouts -- -- talking about the video yet again Joseph Biden said in his debate with Paul Ryan that.
They did not know essentially at the White House staff and and now these emails in real time put you inside the situation room.
At the White House.
What is that.
-- -- There either intentionally deceiving the American people -- the gross incompetence.
Doesn't qualify the present to be commander in chief.
The president United States needs to go on television and tell the American people exactly what happened here.
For brave Americans lost their lives -- consulate.
Was literally destroyed.
This is say the first time we've lost an ambassador in many many years 30% -- the president the president needs to clear this up with the American people.
And obviously he is not going to do that.
That is a dereliction of duty in my view and I think the American people deserve a lot better leadership than what they're get mad at him.
John McCain thank you senator.
Thank you could have.