Sen. Kelly Ayotte: The American people deserve the truth
Senators demand answers on Libya attack
- Duration 4:55
- Date Oct 31, 2012
Senators demand answers on Libya attack
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Developments in Washington now for United States senators have sent a letter to the Obama administration demanding the White House released surveillance video.
Of the deadly terrorist attack last month in Libya.
The saying the American people deserve to know all the facts about the attack which resulted in the murder of four Americans including ambassador Chris Stevens.
When you look at.
That warnings C two attacks on our consulate -- warnings by our.
Ambassador Chris Stevens the last message she wrote before he was murdered was talking about the security -- -- -- necessary.
Why didn't the president United States know about it.
Maybe it was one of the briefings that he didn't -- but the point is the president should have known about it action should have been taken.
Our next guest also signed that letter New Hampshire senator Kelly -- -- as a member of the armed services committee.
The senator out what is your major concern.
My major concern is that the American people deserve to know answers as to what happened and -- Ghazi.
Before we know that there were two prior tax on the consulate including one in June where there was a hole blown in the security perimeter that forty people -- go through.
The British the British ambassador was attacked and in fact.
His convoy and our people went -- helped him actually twenty minutes after the attack then they were sent away.
Meaning we didn't keep adequate security at our consulate so the British left the French left the Red Cross slept why wasn't our consulate secured.
What did the president know about the prior tax on the consulate.
We have written to the president because a group of us have written about a half dozen letters and he in the administration so far.
They have not answered our letters about prior security.
During yet why we're request -- forces since denied to those four brave Americans there.
Who were murdered and finally afterwards why did they tell the American people that this was a spontaneous reaction to a video.
When that was not true in -- emails went to the White House within two hours letting them know is attacked to a terrorist event.
So this is really disturbing the American people deserve the truth and frankly.
-- -- ardea half a dozen letters John they've not answered us they're stonewalling us and I think they're trying to run out the clock -- this election.
And by the way this is not a Republican issue this is about the American people knowing the truth when four brave Americans have been murdered Milan get the -- I'll get to the politics.
Seven in just a minute but I wanted to ask you this question because Senator McCain made a point this morning that really struck me he said you know a year and a half ago not quite.
When that that top secret raid took out Osama bin lot.
Within less than 24 hours we knew everything about it we knew things we probably shouldn't have known or didn't need to know.
And we knew all about it.
Why do we know so little about what happened in -- Ghazi and how we responded to.
-- what what worries me the most is that this didn't fit the administration's narrative -- -- the president kept running saying al-Qaeda.
Is on the run we got Osama bin Laden.
And I don't think they wanted to come out call -- what it was a terrorist attack whereas when it came to revealing seal team six and also some very.
Important intelligence programs that put people at -- when it made them look good.
All of those details were forthcoming even if they -- gonna -- our national security so I think that's a very important issue one other very important issue by the way.
Apparently we have so I Tunisian individual in custody.
That was captured in Turkey.
My colleague Lindsey Graham this wrote a letter to the Tunisian ambassador.
That we get access to that individual apparently we haven't had access to the person who's been identified in in the video as having Ben.
At the consulate during the attack.
You senator Graham Senator McCain and senator Ron Johnson all signed this letter all Republicans Democrats often say that Republicans are using this politicizing national security.
Over this been -- attack -- -- There's absolutely nothing political -- for brave Americans have been murdered.
In a terrorist event.
And we need to get to the bottom -- to make sure Americans are protected.
And by the way with al-Qaeda on the rise as much as the president says that we need to make sure that the American people are protected.
That is our foremost responsibility in the commander in chief the president United States has to answer these questions this is incredibly important.
What's been most shocking in fact I'm glad that fox has been covering this is that.
More mainstream media outlets aren't asking these hard questions that need to be asked important questions that the president should know.
Obviously he knows what he knows was he told about -- prior tax.
Why was this representation made by the administration that it was a reaction to the video.
We are the president has to answer these questions we're gonna continue to ask those questions thank you senator Kelly a day off of New Hampshire.
Armed services committee thank you.