What did Petraeus testimony on Libya reveal?
Sen. Roy Blunt weighs in
- Duration 5:44
- Date Nov 16, 2012
Sen. Roy Blunt weighs in
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-- -- -- -- committee streams -- intelligence but he also stated that he thought all he made it clear that there was.
-- significant terrorist involved and that is not my recollection of what it's almost lose.
When he reaction to former CIA director David Petraeus his testimony on Libya in General Petraeus answering questions from lawmakers in both the house.
And Senate Intelligence Committees -- this morning -- says Petraeus said.
The talking points given to ambassador Susan Rice.
We're different from the ones -- -- -- -- AC IA again that's according to congressman king who is inside that closed briefing.
Lawmakers want to know what the administration knew about the attack in Ben -- in September 11.
And that led to the murder for Americans and when -- members in the administration get clarity.
-- like the mayor senator Roy Blunt a Missouri as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee -- -- -- in the latest hearing.
-- with General Petraeus I senator what did you learn today.
Well we were just in the hearing with General Petraeus and -- we went through the points that he made on September the thirteenth what's when he met with the senate committee.
And then basically how long it took to figure out.
Want to point so that they made that they were right and which ones were wrong the one that was the most wrong was the idea that there was a spontaneous demonstration.
-- Most concerned you can -- abundant thought that the CIA and the FBI and our entire.
Intelligence gathering committee of the community if you believe them.
Can't figure out for ten days whether there was a demonstration or not -- senator I saw that I saw the video yes it is very clear that there wasn't a demonstration.
There were people they could have been reviewed and I think that's an important question asked why do you ask the people who were there.
Who were in Germany the next day we get people out of there to Germany.
The next day what they saw.
And if they told you there was no demonstration no use that as the background for your story of what happened just for clarity the video that you're mentioning his visit video the attack and -- -- -- This is surveillance video that wasn't available to our government initially but we shouldn't have had to have a surveillance video to finally show hey -- -- -- there's no.
Demonstration going on there were people there that could have been asked it shouldn't have taken ten days for the intelligence community find out but something didn't.
Happened senator let's talk about the impression that you got from the hearing of course is being closing classified congressman -- is giving the impression that General Petraeus said today.
That among the talking points that he gave on the briefing that you mentioned in just a few days after the attack.
That they did mention -- them but they were the decision to downplay that.
In -- briefing that lawmakers were the only ones present more.
I think betrayed maybe I mean today that.
He mentioned Harrison did you get this similar impression as well -- and what you heard on September 13 and what you learned today.
Well I wasn't on the same here in the in the same meeting that.
The congressman king -- and he would've been in the house meeting I was in the senate meeting.
I I -- were called live journal making the points four points.
That the reminded us that he made and one of them was that there was.
Likely terrorist involvement here in some planning that went into.
Of the events that happened but he also thought of that day there was a demonstration from some public reporting that turned out not to be right but I do think he.
Told the committee of the things that he's suggesting today that he said he told the committee.
-- respects you this -- being close and to being classified.
What did you learn about the lack of security and what went General Petraeus impression we're about the lack of security at the consulate in -- -- the last.
-- military response of once we began to learn from Jess how serious his wife in September 11.
Well that is the CIA did responded responded quickly.
They got to the mission in a very short period of time but not enough they didn't get there quickly enough.
To save the life of the two people that.
Were killed at the mission itself which is different than the second facility the attack at the second -- doesn't come for.
Several hours after the first -- I think that's the harder thing to explain so why seven hours later we still -- warrant.
Protecting the American -- and Gaza.
It's a senator.
Couldn't change the talking points is there a change of talking points actually happened do you believe that or do you think.
There -- just sit and there was a decision made by individuals.
-- Well that that's -- got to be put something that we need to find out what is that the train is that the chain of information here who had it.
At what point did these talking points change.
But back to my original point I'll leave -- actually more concerned about -- even five days later.
When -- -- rises on television it was apparently with -- -- talking points is her talking points we're still talking about.
The key event is an event that didn't happen just how good is the intelligence community or community or the FBI high.
The five days after an event we're still basing that have been around something that we now know didn't happen at all there was no demonstration.
This wasn't outcome of a spontaneous crowd that then got upset.
And we're still saying that five days later we're in fact and not changing that story until September the 24.
I think we ought to be concerned about that.
And here two months later more than two months later so many big questions yet to be answer senator we look for having me back.
Find out what's next I thank you so much for the time today thank you --