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Now by national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin on the phone good evening Jennifer.
Good evening Brett Fox News has learned that the evening -- top administration officials decided on -- night of September 11 after the attack -- -- the -- -- consulate had already begun not to.
Call together that counterterrorism security group that CST.
Which hit a group and inter agency.
Counterterrorism specialists spent specialize in both hostage situation at well at any sort of scattered.
Any credit terror attack on any US interest.
-- -- -- According to senior military official as well as intelligence official.
It may have stymied some of that response in the aftermath of the but it got the attack.
According to senior military officials be eight steps to team that is big for an emergency support team which made up that.
The State Department.
-- CIA FBI and DOT that.
He was what it was decided not just sent back to -- to help coordinate it on the ground response.
And helped facilitate the FBI interest in Q opting got the you'll remember that it took.
Twenty court -- -- that they FBI team that was sent.
I had to gain access to the compound on.
-- -- got -- we do understand Secretary Clinton.
-- called the FBI on the side of the attack an -- that agent speak at.
But at that point.
Again -- -- -- and officials are somewhat baffled.
In the wake of the decision on that I didn't -- afterwards by the administration.
Not calling together at this very senior.
How accurate and security group back.
Again so they were not called upon and that's a significant -- we've confirmed that they were not activated and they would have been a situation like this.
This is -- group.
Not only that he would -- but the best team it -- expect to.
After the embassies were attacked again Africa in 1998 after the USS Cole it was attacked.
It's -- the -- -- is typically deployed.
And we now note that not only -- -- deployed but this counterterrorism security group.
Would not put into place and that.
According to those that we have -- and -- reviewed a set of emails this suggests that there was some degree of frustration among officials as to why.
Top level at the administration.
We're not willing to call the terror group together.
Okay Jennifer Griffin was breaking news here.
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