Gingrich: The White House is playing games with us
Former presidential candidate on Benghazi Consulate attack
- Duration 6:51
- Date Oct 31, 2012
Former presidential candidate on Benghazi Consulate attack
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Have all the back to Hannity now in a moment I'll be joined by former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich who says that he may have information on -- White House emails about the big -- cover up.
But first the administration in a desperate attempt to make Obama appear presidential.
Released a photo of him in the situation room during hurricane sandy.
-- you may -- they did the very same thing in the aftermath of the raid.
That got Osama bin Laden but here's my question where's the picture of the president sitting in the situation room.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- you want to know why the White House has not released that photo well probably because it looks like less empty.
They don't want us to know what the president was up to as this assault was taking place.
In other words like everything else have been trying to covered up because as we now know the night of the attack the president was not focused on Libya.
He was getting ready for this a campaign trip to good old Las Vegas instead of -- Washington and getting to the bottom of this terrorist attack.
That we are also learning tonight courtesy of our own Catherine Herridge had accorded all classified cable reviewed by Fox News.
The US mission in Benghazi -- the State Department back in mid August.
Less than a month before the assault that killed ambassador Stephens and three other Americans.
That al-Qaeda had training camps in Benghazi and the consulate could not defend against a coordinated attack.
Joining me now with reaction former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich.
So let's see they.
They -- the -- ball again and again with bin Laden.
They're out there photo op galore today as as the president goes out there with -- sandy I'm fine -- it.
But where is the picture of the situation room when they hadn't literally real time video.
Of our consulate being attacked and Americans be murdered where's that video.
While there's this whole thing gets stranger and stranger.
You know we're not asking what was al-Qaeda either doing we're not asking what with the various gangs in -- guys you doing.
We're asking about the American government.
What it was doing that you would think they have pretty good records.
About where the president was so -- the national security advisor was where the secretary of defense was where the chairman of the joint to -- was.
May not know these things ought to be very hard to put together.
And yet seven weeks.
After error Americans were murdered in Ben Ghazi.
We cannot get the truth out of this administration and there there answer today to this suggestion which -- been given.
By a United States senator that there may well be some emails from the national security advisors office.
That close down an effort to help they're there answer was very narrowly worded.
I have I look at it and I can put up on the screen as long as you're talking about it -- what it specifically says neither the president nor anyone in the White House.
Denied any requests for assistance in making Ghazi -- the at.
-- Right now first of all -- clearly people and then -- asking for assistance.
So what does that mean.
Does it mean it was cut off somewhere that the president although his commander in chief did not know that they were asking for assistance is very clear.
If you look at the reports we now have that this seals who the former seals who would stay did defend the ambassador and defend the -- consulate.
They thought until they were killed and 4 in the morning.
That there was going to be a C 130 gunship overhead because they were using a laser designator.
To target the -- the mortars that were the biggest threat.
And they apparently thought there was going to be an airplane now overhead to take out those mortars -- so they thought help was on the way.
And in fact from Tripoli -- it's almost.
I don't the right word is it is so sad Sean.
The people in Tripoli on their own put together six American contractors.
Sixteen Libyan contractors.
They fly -- Ben Ghazi trying desperately to bring help meanwhile right across the Mediterranean.
It's sitting in LA air force base there -- a marine combat unit.
There -- C 130s their F eighteen fighter airplanes a little further to the east that is a -- in.
Turkey there are a fighter aircraft available.
None of this is mobilized in the White House is playing games of us.
Who was in charge included the presidents say should take care of this.
Did they want to in -- rescue the ambassador and the people who -- being killed within.
Why there was nothing done for seven hours and you know I have seven weeks.
Of refusal to explain seven hours and I find it very mystifying.
Well there are three aspects to this from my perspective before during and after the ambassador requested extra security he was denied.
They reduce the force at one point so what who made that decision then -- storing this entire episode.
We know that according to Charlie land.
Our government our State Department was watching this in real time where was the president the intelligence community knew within hours this was a terror attack.
We have audio that actually caused the navy seal Tiger Woods.
To disobeyed an order to stand down and risked his military career and his life and gave his life seven hours later.
Fighting and he did rescue people.
So during this whole thing they're all requesting there's an audio tape -- apparently the people in the consulate baying for help.
That causes navy -- that act after being told to stand out.
Now what do we -- it apparently these tapes exist according to my sources that the White House have an obligation to release them.
But -- I think the president -- every American.
On Friday or Saturday at the latest -- press conference.
Where they lay out their case they tell him they report they weren't we will tell us the truth you know what I ask you.
When I ask you to say everything worked perfectly we're not gonna blame you -- some things were terrible happen.
But the American people deserve -- know the truth you may remember that in testimony.
The man who is in charge of security in the region.
Actually set a one point speaking at a congressional hearing that he felt that outcome -- was in the building means State Department.
He felt that his enemies and he had greater problems getting help out of the State Department.
That he felt like he had a threat from al-Qaeda and he could not get the people across innings each cited.
One phone conversation.
The must've been horrific.
Where he and this guy -- arguing about whether or not Americans ought to be protected.
And the guys are doing and don't even make the request it's not going to be honored while that that's -- -- on the record by somebody who was employed by the US government.
What are the president now -- that he no it did he leave to Vegas on that night knowing that.
Within the country had just been a victim of a terror attack considering this is American.
Considered American sovereignty here are we had to take a break we'll talk more Newt Gingrich right at.