New questions about whether Clinton will testify on Benghazi
State Department says it's not a done deal
- Duration 4:38
- Date Dec 14, 2012
State Department says it's not a done deal
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-- There are new concerns secretary of state Hillary Clinton will not testify about the attacks and Ben Ghazi.
Both the house and senate foreign relations committees had announced that she would testify.
And in fact that would happen and about a week's time now the State Department says that is not such a done deal.
Congressman Ed Royce is on the house foreign affairs committee he chairs the terrorism committee he's my guest announcer good morning to you.
Good morning what do you read into this.
Well bill I that.
It's since the beginning we have been able to get answers but now we have the accountability review board's report which is due.
Which has to be shared with congress.
We expect the secretary of state to come and answer some questions -- that frankly.
Have been asked by the media and by the house and the senate one of those questions.
Is how is it possible we had no contingency plan.
How is it possible that over a six hour period of attacks.
We didn't have any helicopter gun -- we didn't have any unmanned drones that can be used to defend that compound we didn't have any quick reaction team in the theater.
That could be sent in.
To defend our personnel we lost an ambassador here after all.
As well as other personnel and and then there's the whole question of the explanation.
Because when you think about the fact that our ambassador on the ground had expressed concerns about al-Qaeda.
And the al-Qaeda camps increasing their operations.
And the attacks frankly that it closed down.
The Red Cross even the UN.
We're we're stepping up we're stepping up the defense of their facilities.
You know this falls on deaf ears and and so -- a real answers to be.
To be given -- somebody knows these answers it is the secretary of State's responsibility and it was.
On 9/11 and she forgot I -- -- -- -- indeed on that Tehran on all those points but Secretary Clinton has a suggested that she she's more than willing to testify.
The question is what would be holding her back now that there is a review board is looking at this.
At the State Department and it would you give him the benefit of the doubt perhaps it's not done just yet perhaps it's not finished does it take more than three and a half months.
You know this is what is so frustrating.
It's not just that it took so long if you see the news reports remember of a recent report two weeks ago.
About how about a month after.
A month after you -- reporters on the site finding two of the 90.
What eleven memo was sent by our ambassador.
To the foreign minister -- and of Libya and to -- -- -- police chief.
Explaining their concerns that that very day.
There'd been a police officer been -- police officer suspiciously taking photographs they were X asking for.
Assets to help defend that embassy.
So you think about the fact that the FBI had not secured that site and here it's possible for reporters to find this information and share with us.
-- but we're not getting straight answers and haven't gotten straight answers yet -- I was -- months later it's time for some answers as Secretary Clinton does not testify.
Is the truth on Ben Ghazi buried.
No because we are going to.
Exercise oversight and we are going to get that report.
And world who we will eventually have our secretary of state.
Testify as to what actually happen.
And during that testimony.
And we will finally get some answers to some very -- question pertinent questions.
Because the and the necessity of having -- contingency plan.
When your allies to put in place a contingency plan in your own ambassador has expressed.
He -- concerns.
That his personnel.
May be attacked.
From al-Qaeda to -- you're monitoring Al qaeda's presence and then you and then you.
You distance yourself from the argument that it's an attack al-Qaeda attack on 9/11.
Frankly none of this made any sense from the beginning so it is finally time if we're gonna learn from this and we need to.
That's why that law is there that's why the 1986 act was passed.
For accountability review board underscore that report from the State Department.
To the congress we expect that -- there's another page on this that's yet to turn.
And we'll see when that happens Ed -- thank you sir.
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