Amb. Rice goes after high-profile critics
Is the criticism 'unfounded'? Sen. Lindsey Graham responds
- Duration 7:40
- Date Nov 23, 2012
Is the criticism 'unfounded'? Sen. Lindsey Graham responds
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There is certainly been no shortage of controversy over the Obama administration's message.
On the deaths of four Americans in Libya many people think US ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice.
Passed on misleading information about the attack in defending herself.
Rice is going after some of her high profile critics in congress.
I have great respect for Senator McCain in his service to our country I always have and I always will.
I do think that some of the statements he made about -- have been unfounded but I look forward to having opportunity at the appropriate time to discuss all of this with him.
Senator Lindsey Graham -- Republican.
Senator from South Carolina he joins us now on the telephone senator thanks for taking a few moments.
In calling senator McCain's criticism of her on founded.
Is ambassador rice wrong.
Well here's what -- -- McCain and myself.
What happens in Baghdad -- report hearing and after I did it become a debt trap spotlight and it closed the conflict close to reinforce.
Market you have these four people -- eight hours on 9/11.
I think if I.
Security can turn -- like the president above all others but after.
It's -- and Pastor Wright say that the American people.
About the attack it was that I think is that they act.
-- YouTube videos they've turned it into right optic -- in Iraq.
Was that the best.
And current test -- -- intelligence community.
Or -- is back in fact the best story itself but the Obama administration.
That's what I wanna know about the part -- played now look like you know why would she chose that she has absolutely no responsibility.
-- but think that -- conflict she -- not an intelligence professional.
And the president there at.
-- governor -- don't know anything about the the chip up and duplicate the -- -- -- -- -- she's speaking sure it to the American people it.
Well she claims she was relying on these unclassified albeit incorrect talking points that were given two -- by the Intel agencies but.
She did have clearance and access.
To the classified.
Intel that said it was in fact a terrorist attack.
You think she had a duty to look at that before she ever spoke authoritatively on the subject.
Yes -- a perfectly here explaining to the American people a massive national security breakdown.
The Kirsten bastard killed in the line of -- over thirty years.
A situation that -- a long time in the making.
And this story she told about spontaneous that they had.
Being -- back video.
Increasingly desperate old water into -- big issue here.
If you look at all the evidence to show this was subordinated -- that -- September that they pretty.
You put that in one out you -- the evidences that the yes it was great flash mob.
Thought about videos aren't any in the making.
And the other -- which bought makes the most but she -- -- girl that they're a big thing.
She reinforced the message of bin Laden -- -- al-Qaeda has been this panel and that was suggested intelligence surrounding the bank Gaza are what -- -- Was very rich with evidence that -- -- was up and they had not been this panel.
And -- -- -- pushing and we're gonna keep pushing us we need to know -- the system bail out of it or break America's got ill.
And we're not what I'll get the.
But senator the other today.
You don't trust Susan Rice in new apple also said she doesn't have a good resonate.
To be secretary of state does that mean.
That you will oppose her if she's nominated.
We will cross that bridge when we get there I don't trust these scenario that she laid out based on what I know about intelligence.
It's just not her you know -- -- repeated that story -- that -- lawyers say -- -- quiet house video.
Seminary days after her and the question yes.
What they telling us the best intelligence we had about being got -- Are what they shedding this story -- the best political perspective our administration.
Right and I and we got to look at what the press that they had days after she spoke.
That's the issue for me -- she telling us.
Honestly and openly about the best intelligence.
Or are they trying to shake.
That the -- -- it -- I think you're the best political explanation which would been a spontaneous the Vietnam beat but it bears.
I'm glad you brought up the president because you sent him a letter.
And you pointed out to him that he is not responded to thirteen congressional requests.
For information on Ben Ghazi.
Is the president in your judgment defying congress is constitutional authority to oversee and investigate.
-- they -- stonewalling the American people.
Made about the president's leadership in the and a lot right we have photos of the president in the situation room and -- it.
By minute account of the president's leadership he deserves great credit but -- -- -- that -- We have information about how he closed the deal on these -- these are between desperately Albanian.
When it comes to -- parity we've -- even -- we're a nation.
About what he'd be at -- seven hours guarantee it back he finds they're ordered.
The -- but to be secure but we don't know anything about what that order -- -- out what the president told about the papal legitimate stacked on the cops let -- The British closed there are when things got because it was -- any -- So he hasn't answered any of the basic question about his leadership the board hearing and after.
The attack on our parents would think I think it's an active national spirit failure.
It's appropriate to -- our leaders when they do well is equally appropriate to hold them accountable when their stay here and that's what -- -- Senator do you want to know from the president.
If he is the one who gave the order the night of nine elevenths.
When people were under attack not to heed their pleas for help.
I want to know what if the president -- -- seven hour period.
If you -- in order to reinforce the conflict are what did not carried out.
While ordered a military assets within the region on 9/11 -- all -- -- -- debate of the people.
President why did you lead the -- split open and were you aware of being able to change it back.
Did you know -- the British closed their -- went in June but felt it was he anchors were you aware that many police are reinforcement and help.
Yeah -- -- speaking ammo or investors statement that it -- Qaeda militia groups were on the -- got -- And he stated his memo to -- but -- area state.
We cannot expand the output again report made it out and get back -- inspectors they explain her -- -- best.
They Brad Pitt and Pastor -- I think it's it's a massive national -- stay here and we need never repeat is that -- -- -- -- a constitutional democracy.
People in leadership it praised her -- to -- bank and -- answer the Tibet thing and that's what we're trying to it.
There is that tricky business of executive privilege you'll have to.
Perhaps Russell -- that senator Arlen.
I don't believe -- -- -- -- your college debt but allow president not very well be part explaining.
What happened they got the best just that that -- at -- Well for other presidents have testified before congress.
Maybe you'll be soliciting a fifth senator Lindsey Graham thank you very much.