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Fox -- -- -- Capitol Hill -- classified briefing on bank Ghazi is scheduled to get underway just moments from now.
It's a members only meeting in the house with the country's top intelligence officer.
At the Helm of that a brand -- -- starting now in America's -- -- only I'm very glad to have you with us on this Wednesday -- Martha -- I'm Bill Hemmer good morning at home Director of National Intelligence James clapper.
Along with officials from other agencies meeting with these lawmakers.
After increasing pressure -- a congress for answers and it's nearly three months since these four Americans were murdered.
Still a lot of questions out there about what happened to them which -- fashion.
Intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge she joins us live from Capitol Hill what do we hope to learn today Catherine.
Well thank you more than good morning the last time we had a briefing here on the hill for all of the members of the house.
Was in the first week of September right after the -- -- the second week of September and today we also expect all of the major players including the nation's top intelligence officer.
James clapper the Director of National Intelligence the head of the National Counterterrorism Center he is the nation's top counterterrorism official Matt Olson.
As well as one of the senior officials from the State Department Patrick Kennedy and these individuals will be able to take lawmakers through every phase.
Of the attack the intelligence leading up to the assault on the consulate -- Ghazi on 9/11 the security posture at that time.
The analysis of the intelligence and why there was an emphasis on this anti Islam video.
-- turned out to be wrong for such a long period of time and finally the military response lawmakers -- fox.
They want to have specifics.
On the level of premeditation.
By the terrorists and whether in fact there was a direct connection to the 9/11 days.
The question is.
How much planning went to this was this -- in the works with this cobble together quickly within a matter few hours and a makes a great.
Difference in terms of the responsibility.
As well as the vulnerability of our facilities elsewhere.
One of the important questions that this was planned well in advance is why didn't we catch it why didn't we see it coming.
Critics of the administration's response say that every time we have briefings like this they're just more inconsistencies and that in fact.
They raise more questions as well as I would point to the issue over the CIA talking points and these decisions to make changes that critics say really minimized.
The rule of all al-Qaeda and affiliated groups in this attack mark.
And certainly got the right people on the ground to answer a lot of those questions we'll see if they get anywhere.
Conclusive today and you know one of the big issues it's been raised by all of this of course Katharine is our intelligence on the ground in Ben Ghazi.
What are we learning about the future of that an accent our presence there.
-- Fox News has learned that the decision.
To close the CIA and -- and to destroy all of the classified information and move about the classified communications equipment.
Came within -- -- hours twelve hours of the attack.
On the consulate itself and by early in the morning on September 12 by about 8 o'clock local time affected me the CIA operation and then -- -- Which shuttered.
All of the classified information was moved or burned as well as the equipment and this was -- decision boxes -- was made on the ground then there was notification to Washington.
And it's important to look at this particular data point and contrasted with how long it took the FBI to get into the consulate.
That took -- several weeks and in fact the US consulate in -- Gaza has never been secured by the United States great points Catherine thank you very much you're welcome so that.
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