How will Clinton answer Benghazi questions?
All-Star panel weighs in
- Duration 8:00
- Date Jan 8, 2013
All-Star panel weighs in
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It would be unfortunate.
I think if in pursuit of this issue.
Which was highly politicized.
The senate would hold up the nomination of John Brennan to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
I'm not going to confirm John Brennan or anyone else until the administration.
Shares information with the congress about -- deleted references to al-Qaeda three weeks before the election.
I think it was purposely done and I want to know who did it and why before we move forward.
Senator Lindsey Graham saying this man the president's pick to be the next CIA director John Brennan.
Will have trouble in the senate he's going to hold up this nomination until he gets answers on Ben Ghazi.
This is just part of this investigation.
On the day nearly four months to the day after investor Chris Stevens and three others were killed in Benghazi Libya.
That a Tunisian is let go.
In Tunisia one of the only suspects being held of the Tunisian government saying a court saying there was lack of evidence there.
According to his lawyer.
What about all of this let's bring in our panel Tucker Carlson editor of the daily caller dot com AB Stoddard associate editor of the hill and syndicated columnist Charles -- -- talk.
Well I mean I think from the administration's -- he was probably ashamed that Secretary Clinton didn't testify earlier she will testify in the 22 apparently now.
But she'll have to answer questions not just about what happened before the attack and why security wasn't adequate to protect the ambassador and the three others.
What's happened subsequently and not just the removal as senator Graham said of the -- al-Qaeda from the report.
But why after four months there is no one in custody and apparently no one being seriously pursued in this attack keep in mind there -- security cameras.
At the consulate in -- -- that we have learned through a number of accounts capture the images of people who committed this violence and yet.
Apparently -- particular -- that's a massive failure and that's one of the things are gonna answer for when she goes up to help.
It would be surprised actually if given the fact that senator Graham wants to hold up a John Brennan's nomination.
And the fact that Hillary Clinton has really gone -- overweight should just stay out of the Ben Ghazi back and forth.
And might her -- not be entirely aware of why the CIA talking points were switched around.
I would be surprised -- the administration didn't come out before she testifies to explain somehow.
What happened here said that John Brennan's nomination proper procedure can go through.
He can be confirmed incidents secretary on her way out of her job.
Can come in and testify I really highly doubt.
That she is involved with -- -- be editing of this talking points and I would be surprised if it's really left on her shoulders to come and explain.
But there will be a lot of questions that -- -- attitudes about security well not only that but.
I thought she tells the father of the slain.
Seal at the service that they're going to go after the guy who made the video according to the father.
There's going to be a time and that is her responsibility.
I doubt that that.
That is going to be after her to come up an explanation of what happened in this area talking points is Susan Rice used.
And why they were scrubbed and how she got them and who prepared them for her I think that's something the administration.
It would be wise of them I would imagine that they would get that -- Before she sits in the hot seat on all those other topic she has said she's responsible she's gonna answer about the recommendations of the report.
Included what needs to be carried out in the next administration under the State Department but -- the CIA talking points issue.
I I imagine someone else's problem and I think it's going to be revealed before she's there.
But what the first things have to explain is why for three months after the event.
Two months after the event.
And before her injury she didn't say a word.
She is ahead of the department BM brand ambassador work for her.
He didn't work for Susan -- And she said the buck stops here and as she's had nothing.
We don't know what she knew about security before.
We don't know what she was doing during the hours of 78 hours of the attack.
And we don't know what -- role was in the -- of stories entails afterwards.
The other thing that was remarkable to me.
Jay Carney I mean -- prejudice they are about this story.
Carney as we just said the highly politicized.
Political if you ask -- administration.
To explain what happened.
That's all that the critics have -- since the beginning.
What happened before why were all the warnings ignored what happened during those seven hours the one thing that we should hear from -- it is.
As to close advisor to the president on terrorism.
What was the president engaged -- in the seven what did Brendan though.
What did he tell the president what orders keep getting given where they carried out there was so much unknown you know I'm not surprised that we have to.
Let go the only suspect there is zero interest in the White House.
For what they you know the story Lisa Vivian really tracked him down I would bring them.
Could just as we know the leader of the attack was a certain.
I hammed who could tower.
Who was seen a few days later in a coffee shop outside in ten guys he's unmolested and he remains -- molested.
The big guys -- today I think there's a lot of explaining.
And the administration clearly wants to pretend it's political it's not it's -- it's to seek out what actually happened.
The -- thing that this potentially does.
In the context of this hearing on Brennan is open up the door to.
Al-Qaeda the strength of al-Qaeda in the region.
The -- That perhaps it's a lot stronger than.
The administration forecasts that it was.
And questions about the administration policy going after cut.
-- than it did in in courage in a back -- -- in any case some of the events of the Arab Spring which have I think by any.
Calculation resulted in a lot more chaos and a lot more uncontrollable.
Anti American -- American activity whose consequences or pursue one is just it's a much -- -- region than it was when the president.
Took office is not of course entirely his fault but the administration policy played -- -- and I think he will have to answer for that.
News and seeing as Charles is right when this first happened the president said we're gonna track them down and we're gonna.
You know apprehend them and everything and then on his interviewer -- to -- wouldn't Meet the Press he he really backed away and said well I really can't comment on these ongoing you know.
Procedures were doing we can and he he just Richard he wouldn't be specific about it I think someone needs to ask why that is -- -- -- wider investigation.
With a different.
Set of circumstances they need to be clear about that but there they don't they haven't come up with anyone any -- he says it's still a secret.
And there's -- We all know at this table there's a lot about and -- that we just don't know there are a lot of -- unanswered questions one of the -- senator Graham.
Where there's survivors and Ben -- who can tell us anything about what was going on -- -- And what happens is you give it.
To the FBI as we used to do before nine elevenths and we treated like a burglary -- -- you know in the embassy.
And then once you do that and you say it's law enforcement.
All kinds of the rules privacy procedure which preclude the administration explaining what had happened.
It was not a -- it was not a crime it was an act of terror we have to treated is that the way that we have after nine elevenths and this is a retreat to -- Nine elevenths thinking that's the reason that hey we haven't.
Gotten anywhere and.