Republican senators want answers about attack in Libya
Lawmakers fire off letter to the president
- Duration 4:47
- Date Oct 31, 2012
Lawmakers fire off letter to the president
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This is a Fox News alert late breaking details in the ongoing scandal on the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi Libya they killed the US ambassador.
And three others there.
Fox News has obtained a new document.
That sheds new light on the days before that attack.
Chief White House correspondent Ed Henry is live at the white house with the very latest.
Good evening -- this is big cable that was sent to secretary of state Clinton's office at the State Department showing that there was an emergency meeting on August 15 at the US mission in been -- significant.
That's less than a month before the terror attack there and at this emergency meeting we're told.
Based on the cable there was concern expressed by officials on the ground in big -- that there were al-Qaeda training camps there and there could be problems from that the cable says.
Quote the regional security officer expressed concerns with the ability to defend the post in the event of a coordinated attack.
Due to limited manpower security measures weapons capabilities host nation support.
And the overall size of the compound they also in this cable say that it the emergency meeting they describe the security situation in -- Ghazi.
As quote trending negatively and they also said.
That they would be asking in the weeks ahead for more security from the US government we know now of course from congressional testimony and other sources that those calls for more security were not -- also important note though that this cable says that the Intel was unclear about whether or not there were direct.
Threat to American interest but I just got the phone with Republican senator.
Lindsey Graham says he was aware aware after the end of the fact all of this emergency meeting -- -- been -- He said he this shows to him that the administration knew that this storm was brewing out there and didn't do enough to stop -- he also tied it directly to the super storm sandy we've been dealing with.
Here in the US senator Graham tell me quote I appreciate the president calling Chris Christie three or four times wears his commitment to getting the truth on Libya he went on to accuse the president of showing half hearted attempt.
To get to the bottom all of this story.
This charge coming on the same day that the president was in New Jersey getting an up close view of the devastation from -- He -- sprung into action immediately.
Warm words President Obama never expected to get from Republican governor Chris Christie just six days before the election it's been good.
Great working relationship.
To make sure that we're doing the jobs of people -- to us to do.
And I cannot thank the president enough for his personal concern and compassion for a stay -- for the people of our state.
And unlikely you'll be -- -- democratic incumbent and the man who just two months ago tried to help unseat him but delivering the keynote at the Republican National Convention.
What brought them together today was the need for federal aid after the raw horror of super storm sandy.
22 Paul bonded at the brigantine beach community center in New Jersey where dozens have been sleeping since their homes were destroyed.
And aboard Marine One the president and governor shared a riveting one hour aerial tour of the utter devastation.
We will not forget we will follow up to make sure that you get all the help that you need.
Until you rebuild.
A chance for the president to show off the benefits of incumbency.
Just -- the latest Fox News poll shows he's facing big questions about his leadership with 52% of likely voters disapproving of his performance on the economy.
While only 45% approve.
And 47% disapprove of his handling of Libya while only 39%.
Likely voters are also closely divided on the question of whether the Obama administration tried to mislead Americans about the terror attack in Libya.
44% say yes 47%.
Say no American people deserve the truth.
Four Republican senators today fired off a letter to the president demanding to know quote what steps you and your administration took or failed to take.
Before adoring and after the terrorist attack to protect American lives.
They're stone -- us.
And I think they're trying to run out the clock -- this election.
Republican Lindsey Graham today sent a separate letter to Tunisian officials requesting they give the US government access to Ali Ali how hard the the only person in custody over the -- -- attack.
I'm quite frankly offended by this administration.
Not being honest with the American people and sharing any information with congress.
That's senator Graham just told me that in the Tunisian government responded that he could submit questions in writing to the suspect they try to get answers he said that's not good enough he got the Tunisian.
Foreign minister on the phone today senator Graham vowed to me that tomorrow is gonna put more pressure on the Tunisian government and tonight he's calling on the president to do the same.
-- we'll follow up with the the panel on this -- thank you this stuff.