Rep. Ros-Lehtinen: We hope Secretary Clinton has 'answers'
Response to Clinton’s plans to testify on Libya
- Duration 6:06
- Date Nov 15, 2012
Response to Clinton’s plans to testify on Libya
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All right now lawmakers on Capitol Hill are demanding answers on being Ghazi here's a taste.
What we've heard today.
President Obama is sadly mistaken if he thinks the house representatives won't get to the bottom of the Ben -- tragedy.
And hold him responsible if evidence points to the White House.
If ambassador rice had nothing to do with a mean -- cover up then why did the administration use her as a mouthpiece to mislead the American people on five Sunday talk shows.
The American people will have answers to the questions about what led to the deaths of four brave Americans as well as actions from administration and the days following.
-- that was during today's house foreign affairs committee hearing it's still ongoing.
At this time you learned during that hearing that secretary state Hillary Clinton will appear before the committee to testify about paying Ghazi that's big news.
I joining us now is ahead of that committee who made an announcement Florida congresswoman Ileana ros Lehtinen.
I congress and -- nice to have you today and thank you for stepping out of the hearing you I that's big news about secretary of state.
Clinton we we were able to take some sound from your hearing today because an open hearing is not classified -- a lot of hearings are.
On being diving so what do we know about secretary Clinton's appearance -- -- hoping hearing in when -- happen.
Well that's been -- very shameful the administration's lack of transparency and accountability.
When it comes to answering the tough questions that the American people.
Through their elected representatives are asking about whether we did everything possible.
To save these brave American lives when we know that time and again that their request for further security.
Those requests went unanswered so yes we've had dealt a lot of -- private classified -- briefings including one yesterday I'll have one again tomorrow.
But today's hearing was an old 11 was awake to pressured the administration into doing the right thing.
And that thankfully it worked because a secretary at -- -- has confirmed with us that she will be appearing before us.
We are still in top conversations about whether it will be in a classified.
Or an open enough process but we wanted to be an open hearing.
That we now going to have bub bye -- then the results of this up review process and I think the American people want to know.
Was it the lack of funding -- we've had deputy assistant secretary.
Charlie lamb has said that funding was not the problem that that funding was there we also.
Heard it's a very bright idea to start -- -- -- here minding our plan that I did about whether or not the finding was there.
For that appropriate amount of sex drive because people want to blame it all -- we didn't have enough money that that is just not true for the Ben Ghazi operation.
And today in -- hearing we heard from Mike GAO that did -- report for us and that and their conclusion they were testifying.
Diplomatic security missions and the resource is needed to carry it out.
Have gone substantially since 1998.
It's budget increase from 200 million in 98.
To one point eight.
Billion in the year 2008 so funding is not the problem it's where we're putting our resources and why did we ignored.
These pleas from -- men in harm's way.
To get more protection and bank Gaza Helio it's Secretary Clinton will have those answering -- report from the GAO GAO the Government Accountability Office -- -- of these reports nonpartisan not mad at man elected to bring and -- have more information at the timeline congresswoman when do you expect to hear from Secretary Clinton.
Well we hope that this as soon as this review process is done which will be done yes sometime in December.
She has agreed to appear before us in our foreign affairs committee as well as a senator carries up.
Foreign affairs subcommittee it will probably be mid December as soon as the review is completed -- what we want to ask is.
The timeline is so important to follow this the tragedy.
About this ongoing attack that took hours and the president did you did -- secretary at Clinton -- Why was Susan Rice sent out of five national news shows to repeat this already.
-- line -- story line.
That is so what the Biden would you would say Malarkey.
About all spontaneous.
Protest all the reaction to a video when they must have known everything indicates that they knew immediately.
That this was -- coordinated pre planned attack.
And that we want answers and talk personally to prevent another beg god.
Sending our viewers have been following this story so closely as have week.
On -- on Fox News and we tend to kind of go over some of the same points that are brought up over the last several weeks because the -- -- are not there.
Because you've had some information from private briefings and -- furious and whether or not you feel all.
Like you have more answers today they -- -- last week do you feel like progress is actually being made.
No I feel that every time we have another classified briefing and every town we try to -- a little bit deeper.
We get more conflicting time lines we get more conflicting reports about what was actually taking place.
And what messages were being sent to Washington.
What did the administration know and that we've got to do something to love make sure that our personnel in harm's way.
Including diplomats they -- -- the front lines that these diplomatic posts are protected and that they have the security that they -- that they need.
-- much was made about did George W Bush Administration.
All we should've known that 9/11 was happening -- all of those voices were blaming George W.
Now there's so silent and trying to cover up what has been happening with Ben Ghazi so we want to prevent this from happening in the past.
We hope that Secretary Clinton will provide that light and we hope that it will be an open hearing for the American people to judge for themselves whether we have the everything we need a place to prevent another big Ghazi attack from taking place.
This story ratings continue to follow the question about bipartisanship is that at the big one congresswoman and we look forward to -- you back as we.
We continue to watch the developments thank you so much for the time today thank you we appreciate your attendance -- -- -- thank you.