GOP senator: 'Imperative' that Clinton testifies on Bengahzi
John Barrasso on what lawmakers want answered at hearings
- Duration 5:28
- Date Dec 20, 2012
John Barrasso on what lawmakers want answered at hearings
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This was getting heated a moment ago inside the senate hearing room there on -- -- Ghazi report.
We have heard Marco Rubio during the break -- -- -- -- just before that go back and forth with these leading members from the Department of State.
Drop and -- -- In June and August of 2011 regarding the root of the security situation -- what to what level of that those.
Cable and get reviewed -- -- suddenly would have been reviewed up through assistant secretary level and it may -- that some of my colleagues on the seven -- as well.
One word so beyond that level or any senior officials be on the assistant secretary level made aware of the repeated requests from the post.
For extended her additional security in particular there were requests made in March and July -- 2000 Nolan you know beyond the assistant secretary level those requests.
Forward and -- or some other written document.
I'm not aware of any specific memo that went beyond the six -- with regard to those specific requests that timeless and and you know if anyone beyond the assistant secretary level going up to the secretary's level where where where they made aware of the more than 200 security incidents that occurred on Gaza and thirteen months.
Leading up to the attack.
There were certainly memos student that came up to the seventh floor that talked about the deteriorating security situation history -- -- -- some investor has finally very hot Republican senator John brass was -- -- that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee answer.
Good morning to you we're watching and -- waiting to get more from this the report certainly was damning this week fewer than those three things that -- been Gaza.
What are the biggest villain and and I just walked out of the hearing I'm gonna go right back and I wanted to be able to talk with you about what number one is actually.
Aimed at the president of the United States he promised that those who did this would be brought to justice.
We continue to hear nothing about any successor efforts to identify those individuals and bring them to justice.
The second thing is really how -- we have put our.
Are people in harm's way the way we did they continued to ask for additional security it was denied.
Yesterday four people oh left the that the State Department resigned.
You know you can't fire people in the state department for incompetence.
For -- -- -- negligence are you able to fire someone.
So that to me continues to be concerned that and I think there it is Douglas and test -- beyond that what important here in the lessons we've learned is very critical -- what we just heard.
Is that based on the previous attacks in that area Ben Ghazi that there remembers that we're going around the Department of State does that -- suggest that everyone.
Including Hillary Clinton.
Was aware of us.
Well that's why I want Hillary to still come and testify she didn't show up today because of illness I think it's imperative.
Did she comes to the senate and testifies.
In person in public and -- on the record as secretary of state.
To answer key questions as to what was she doing that day what did she know.
When did she know -- did she know about these requests that have been going on.
From from Ben Ghazi in Libya saying we need more help.
Was she involved in denying those -- senator curious that are there today that she will testify in January.
I mention -- the Republican will watch it together for you were talking about the lessons from Ben Ghazi.
Can you draw and and now.
Well I think there -- a number of lessons that we've learned the question is will they actually implement them senator worker was talking about earlier today.
There been a number of reports about incidents.
Through several different administrations.
And each time there are lessons learned but yet we don't implement those we know that there were things that happen.
In been guys -- it could have been prevented if they had only implemented.
The lessons from previous attacks.
Through the decades so the State Department has continued to fail at that some of those attacks took place in 1999 and they were devastating too for American embassies in Tanzania and Kenya.
Are you matches -- -- -- -- -- is a moment ago wanna listen to this now.
-- of the security risk there we've read the cables.
You were fully aware and either.
You send people there with security or you don't send them there I don't understand why you didn't send a notification out.
With the cables coming hand with concerns about security.
-- -- you did just what -- able to say are they seeking additional funds I don't understand the Appropriations Committee has never receipt.
From the State Department -- notification.
Asking to shift funds.
For security in the -- Is there an answer for that yet that's sufficient.
Well no there are -- there was gross failure -- book on the part of the State Department the question is who's to blame there we know that for people.
-- lost their jobs yesterday left their jobs.
I still need to know more in terms of what the secretary knew what she was doing today.
Of the attack as she was -- we've seen the videos of couple looks at the police just driving the way we feel there was no video there was.
-- -- related to a video we know the what the administration has been saying afterwards was was absolutely.
And whether it was because of the election.
Whether it's flew in the face of the president's saying al-Qaeda is on the run when we know that al-Qaeda connected terrorist groups -- actually growing stronger.
And using Libya as a training center thank you for any questions appreciate your time get back to the hearing John -- -- there thank you on the thanks bill are more.