Will Benghazi hearings set record straight?
Rep. Dennis Kucinich weighs in
- Duration 5:24
- Date Nov 15, 2012
Rep. Dennis Kucinich weighs in
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-- Obama yesterday held his first press conference in eight months and got testy when asked about the deadly attack.
In Libya where four Americans were murdered.
I would like to be -- to address the families if you can.
On 9/11 S commander in chief did you issue any orders to try to protect their lives.
All address the family's.
Not through the press all -- the families.
Directly -- clarity have I can tell you that immediately upon finding out that to our folks were in danger.
That my orders to my national -- -- do whatever we need to do to make sure they're saying.
So has the president been forthcoming with the American people and it's congress satisfied with his response let's -- talk to -- -- Dennis Kucinich who joins us live from Washington good morning to your congressman.
Morning a lot of people look at that answer that he gave to the question by Ed Henry and -- well he dodged the question.
Have read heard enough.
Solid answers from the administration on what happened him in -- -- and you know first of all it was the administration's decision to go into Libya without Congress's permission that's number one number 20.
We still don't know what happened that resulted in the deaths of four Americans -- the question is what was -- security environment like prior to the attack.
And -- -- already been cables have been released that it indicated that people and the State Department had to know.
That the security situation and then guys it was already very dangerous.
That al-Qaeda units were in the area -- jihadist were out there that there was no predicting what could happen.
And that raises questions about why I was in her enough security to protect.
Those who were serving inside -- -- absolutely that such a good point.
-- there are some some of your colleagues on the other side of the aisle have suggested.
You know given what what we've heard from Susan Rice the United Nations ambassador.
In other things that president Jay Carney said that there's been a gigantic cover up.
Regarding what the administration knew when they knew -- what he did stuff like that.
Are there any Democrats.
On your side who feel that there could have been a cover up.
I don't think we know enough right now to -- -- -- -- that but shouldn't we know let me tell you right now we're here's what we need to find out.
We need to find out what was known prior.
The attack -- what was -- and -- the attack was going on where for example where unit where I assets of the CIA.
And the Department of Defense told to stand down and not to respond.
In an emergent situation that.
Later on proved to be.
Fatal for four Americans.
Later today or rather tomorrow for sure it looks like General David Petraeus is going to be speaking to members of the House Intelligence Committee -- behind closed doors for someplace we don't know exactly where to try to explain.
You know from his point of view and he did personally conduct you know some sort of investigation.
Just before it hit the -- with him.
He's gonna go ahead and testified that Hillary Clinton who was ambassador Stevens is boss.
Who knows a lot about this.
It's pretty much Kitna pass on this she is not at this point.
Scheduled to testified don't you see a problem with that.
Well there's a couple things here first of all it's important that General Petraeus testified not only behind closed doors but take an oath of an -- In public.
And -- his account there of what happened secondly with respect to Secretary Clinton.
She certainly does have a responsibility be forthcoming with respect to exactly what was that security environment leading up to.
The events of the attack on the compound and then -- -- We know the Secretary Clinton played a critical role.
And the decision to go win but we also need to understand exactly what was.
It was thorough what was -- thinking we know.
That -- cables that were sent to the State Department that she had to I have access to.
That would describe a very sharply deteriorating security situation.
And if that.
If decisions were made.
That did not -- thought that security situation the American people need to.
To know why and who made them.
Given the consequences of those decisions it just it just looks like.
The more we know congressmen and it just comes in little drips and drabs and and the administration has not been very forthcoming.
Don't know why -- well at the we will -- -- to -- but the more we hear we realize you know.
Those guys over there the ambassador Sean Smith and then -- woods and majority.
You know they were pretty much left on their own we could we could help them and we didn't.
That is what concerns me.
Now were these four Americans could their lives have been saved if there was a rapid response you know we had assets in the region.
Why weren't those assets employed even if they are -- arrived late.
The fact of the matter is no attempt was made in this is what I want to know.
Why not and what -- what was a decision made not to engage the locals who.
Think about this for a moment.
We went -- to Libya to protect.
Libyans and then guys see we couldn't go and have been guys you to protect Americans there great point -- a congressman Dennis Kucinich.
-- from the bureau of sir thank you very much for taking time.