Inside story of Benghazi hearings from Sen. Chambliss
Vice chairman of Senate Intelligence Committee on 'Special Report'
- Duration 7:27
- Date Nov 15, 2012
Vice chairman of Senate Intelligence Committee on 'Special Report'
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All right let's get the inside story or at least as much as -- is willing to tell us from the -- hearings today Saxby Chambliss is vice chair of the senate.
-- -- -- -- Which met with top national security officials this afternoon.
What did you learn today at least what can you tell us do you learn to about Ben Ghazi.
Well it was pretty interesting hearing obviously it's not a long afternoon Chris and to go back through the horrible horrific actions that took place that day what necessarily a lot of fun but we got to see it real life and up close.
Because the community has taken a number of films that were.
Taken from cameras home site overhead in a different locales.
And have come up with a -- a thirty minute film to be able to show us in real time what happened and then.
What it did was confirm the fact that there were a bunch of bad guys to.
This consulate in Ben Ghazi.
Some carrying automatic weapons -- not -- and automatic weapons or any weapons.
But firing RPG's.
Firing mortars into the facility as well as to the -- down the road.
Which means that it was very clear for us from day one this was a terrorist attack.
I mean this.
Just so obvious to be so obvious to any inexperienced individual that this was purely a terrorist attack.
Second I think what we learned is it is not very likely that the intelligence community is gonna put out any -- -- -- talking points anytime in the near future.
Well let me ask you about that it's it's so lobbyists from the -- out.
Which the top officials saw certainly within minutes if not live.
What was going on I assume you ask you have the acting director of the CIA there are other top officials.
Why did the CIA that whole first week maintain that it was the result and we heard it from Susan Rice here on FOX News Sunday.
Another Sunday shows five days later that it was the result of a -- a flash mobs reacting to the video quite as we hear that.
Well the fact was that they were.
-- the facts were still evolving.
And you know they weren't clear in their own labs may be about this protest issue.
But effective at being a terrorist attack vs -- terrorist attacked.
That's a non issue.
Hand those others who have been involved in the community -- -- the day after September 12.
There was a terrorist attack and that is very clear now.
What 00 what was said -- Susan Rice that it related to the video that was shown.
It may have been -- this situation in Egypt.
May have been as a result the video that went viral on the Internet.
There doesn't appear to be at least -- that here maybe it was in response to what was happening in Egypt.
Those kinds of questions are still gonna have to be answered this is only the first hearing Chris three we've got did you.
One of those is going to be a public hearing where these kind of questions are going to be asked.
And the individuals involved are going to be able to tell the American public exactly what did happen.
So I just want to make that clear they're going to be open hearings where these people while not only have to answer to you but we need the American people.
We'll see what their answer is off.
Absolutely this is too critical an issue we got Ford did Americans including.
Very prominent candidate outstanding ambassador and the American people deserve to create and a public hearing.
We're probably gonna have to other closed hearings -- at the end of the day we're gonna have an open hearing where the American people will be able to determine for themselves.
And and to hear from these folks and make a decision about what they think happened.
After what you heard today senator do you come away thinking that what Susan Rice.
It's told the American people that Sunday.
Was in good faith based on CIA talking points which may have been mistaken but were as I say good faith or do you think that politics may -- -- -- Well what I heard today has it changed my mind about what Susan Rice what Susan Rice.
What President Obama shoulders that's what he said yesterday.
Just taken a shot at.
Senator McCain and senator Graham was simply on -- for hand.
If he says come after me and then by golly is he gonna shoulder the responsibility because it looks like there were -- to throw her under the bus.
So it hasn't changed any thing from my perspective.
As to what she stated she was saying exactly.
What the political shop at the White House -- was.
So I again I just want to be clear -- this is a very important point you're saying you believe that her comments to the American people.
That's Sunday where political they were just based on mistaken.
CIA talking points.
Well I think it's very clear don't want to say that what the CIA would say -- her not saying to her.
Although it's very clear that in her position she's gonna get briefed by the intelligence community as to -- that was.
That's we're still looking end of that -- come to some conclusion.
But the fact is she went out and was make -- a political statement don't think there's any question about.
-- senator former CIA director.
That's right as is gonna testify before your committee again in closed session tomorrow morning.
What do you want to learn from him.
Well the thing about General Petraeus is that he along with now acting director Mike -- Were involved in the minute by minute.
Home -- of what happened and in Gaza once they got the word.
Their situation room kicked the so we need to hear from General Petraeus his understanding and his interpretation of the facts on the ground.
Why he made some good decisions that he made but just as significantly and maybe even more significantly.
General Petraeus -- -- back to Libya since this happened and none of the individuals who testified today have been back to Libya.
So him having been on the ground in recent days he's got a little bit different perspective than.
Then these other folks do and General Petraeus is.
You know he's always straightforward well this very professional and he knew what questions I -- while it was in Libya.
And we look forward to hearing from him home that aspect of what -- nine and.
When I heard briefly senator and it really I got got about -- few seconds here.
-- -- -- well sad that one of the reasons they attacked the CIA -- was because they may have been holding Libyan.
Prisoners there or did you ever find out whether that was true or not.
The CIA has no authority had no thought it is in September -- In months before that to hold any prisoners and no that is not -- that didn't happen no.
Chambliss who want to thank you so much -- giving isn't giving us an update -- wanna hear from you whack after his big to General Petraeus thanks so much sir thanks here's.