White House goes silent over Libya
Presidential politics to blame?
- Duration 4:37
- Date Oct 29, 2012
Presidential politics to blame?
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President Obama still keeping his lips sealed when it comes to the deadly attacks in Libya he says.
He needs more time to determine what happened.
-- -- -- -- some of your way of for brave Americans.
Getting killed and us wanting to find out exactly what happened these are the folks who served.
Under me that I had sent.
To some very dangerous places nobody wants to find out more what happened that I do but we want to make sure that we get -- right.
The house oversight and Government Reform Committee and is battling to get to the bottom of what happened in Libya he joins us today from Salt Lake City morning congressman.
Good morning and in the present United States just said give me more time.
When you look at the September 11 attacks in 2001.
Keep in mind right now it is spend six weeks.
Since our ambassador in the other three Americans were murdered.
It's been six weeks.
Four weeks after 9/11 2001 we were already -- -- Afghanistan.
And we've got you know there is videotape out there of what happened somebody's connected the dots what's taken so.
Well remember that the Obama administration testified in in hearing that we had that they were watching this are witnessing this.
Virtually in real time we have survivors there where there -- on the scene.
They know exactly what's happened when I went to Libya I visited with the people there.
At our embassy in Tripoli there was no doubt in their mind what had happened in fact there was no mention -- the video there was no mention of -- but they know exactly what happened.
Plus supposedly according to press reports we had drones in the air so I think we do know what happened we have four dead Americans and we have an administration does not being held accountable it is bit misleading that the public.
And they're not releasing the video and audio that we know that they half.
Well why aren't they being held accountable I know a couple of days ago the president sat down.
For -- -- local TV interview.
With a guy from mud KUSA out in Denver and a couple of times you said word they denied requests for help we're talking about the CIA guys is it.
We want to go in and help us guys and apparently they were denied.
So why isn't the president being forthcoming.
There were the president has repeatedly stated that he did everything he could to make sure that people have been -- -- were safe as possible.
But when I went sent to Libya -- visit -- general ham.
That -- general ham told me personally that he did not get a call he did not receive orders to -- in the military option.
They have proximity they have capability it may have taken a little time to get there but this firefight started at 9:40 AM it was still -- on on into the wee hours of the morning.
The president did not do this you can't have it both ways Mr.
President you can't say using every option of the same time not using the military fish and congressman you've got to figure that the White House.
They they see the calendar it's eight days until the presidential election to them there is a political component for the same time.
Four Americans were murdered including.
Tyrone woods his father was on with -- -- -- last night and said the president.
Did not do enough to save his son's life business.
Any consulate anywhere in the world is American soil your honor I respect your office as president but.
If this attack.
On American citizens on American soil happened 2000 miles away.
From Washington DCC in Los Angeles or in Seattle.
Would you have waited seven hours before you sent the first airplane remember this Mr.
President my son.
And the others died heroes and it's better.
To die the death of a hero than it is today live the life of a coward.
Congressman your reaction.
Powerful stuff god bless -- you know the men and women who are serving in in harm's way that people lost their lives of people that are still in the hospital as a result of this attack.
I'd say I'm gonna fight every step of the way to just make sure that the truth surfaces and thus far that has not happened.
And ended the heartbreaking thing is so many people in Washington you know exactly what happened.
And they're just keep in their -- zipped.
We we have good whistle -- the only reason we're at this point is the chairman I set myself others have been insisting that we get answers we did have a hearing.
And these brave whistle blowers -- camp I've come forward and -- hope they continue to come for because America deserves to see that video listen to the audio.
Understand the documents and make sure that this never ever happens again absolutely all right -- congressman thank you very much for joining us this morning from Utah thank you.