Administration treating Benghazi as criminal investigation?
Reaction from Rep. Frank Wolf
- Duration 5:47
- Date Jan 9, 2013
Reaction from Rep. Frank Wolf
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After the attack and -- -- -- -- for more accountability so that this doesn't happen again and you know who was behind the attack at this point my message to.
The state department's been very simple and that is.
Are going to be defensive about it we understand that there are dangers involved but.
You know when you read the report and it confirms.
What we have are seen -- -- based on some more internal reviews.
There was just some sloppiness with respect to who carried it out.
That's an ongoing investigation.
The FBI has sent individuals to Libya repeatedly.
We have some very good leads but this is not something that.
-- on -- and be at liberty to talk about right.
When I was President Obama roughly ten days ago discussing the terror attack in Libya and killed four Americans almost four months ago now including our ambassador.
Yesterday we learned the one and only suspect in custody so far has just been released by Tunisian authorities.
Citing a lack of evidence against him.
So where exactly are we in our fight for justice against the terrorists.
Who killed our ambassador in three others.
Virginia congressman Frank Wolf is a Republican and a member of the House Appropriations Committee.
And that congressman welcome -- you you are very upset among other things that this country Tunisia that just released are one and only suspect.
300 plus million in aid from the United States since 2011 -- early -- funneling into them.
Well we should not be in -- scheduled to be what they're called millennium.
Country meaning they get special.
We should be cutting off the -- I think the full story has to be out the FBI team was there for five weeks.
And the -- would not allow them to interview hall the -- -- -- they went back.
Finally they invited them come back in if there was lot of pressure.
There with him for about three hours he had his lawyer and -- -- -- there this individual was involved.
In -- thing -- consulate attack he was involved we -- what's involved yet they released and then he walks the street there's also another individual in Egypt.
That we have not had access to -- give each of a lot of money also.
That the guy who is in Tunisia is -- Karzai and so that this is the guy who's been released.
Already some are asking the question including mark tees and who's former bush switch speechwriter and that comes -- this program quite a fair amount he's he he cut has come out with his position.
He says this was an act of war and they are treating -- the administration like a crime he wants to know why this is a quote.
We are not collecting Intel and giving it to -- drone -- gunners.
You wanted to comment on your thoughts on that in -- -- anyway why are we going to treating this is a -- as a criminal investigation we're relying on the Tunisian authorities to arrest and and and detain and potentially prosecute somebody as opposed to bombing these people.
The committee that I chair has the jurisdiction or funding the FBI should we stay in touch.
Almost on -- daily -- the FBI is doing a good job and they don't have the capacity.
They weren't even able -- into.
The country for a couple days there were not able to get into the Ghazi.
For a long long period of times they're really they don't have the capacity.
To do -- secondly every time we asked the white house with the what they say is this is really criminal case you have to talk to the FBI.
You're called to the FBI and they say we cannot comment yes it is State Department said.
We can't comment you really have to talk to the FBI and for people that we're supposedly punished in the State Department.
Have not lost -- job they still have their job.
I think you have to look at that the only way we're going to get to the bottom in this.
-- to have a select committee made up of all the committees involved there's so many committees now nobody knew issues Dawkins who.
A select committee similar to the RN Contra affair.
To gather information to see are we doing at the right way and secondly to educate the American people so I think this is -- be something you look into but you can never.
Get an answer out of the White House you can never get an answer out of the administration.
I mean Eric Holder probably ought to be court.
Panetta was in the White House that it that after he should be called.
Has never testified publicly so.
Maybe it's something we got to do that's -- I think the only way we're gonna get to the bottom of this elect can play together good it's just like him.
Has -- what I say bombing these people I mean these suspected terrorists you know what I can now why why you know not not be -- is not the Libyans but that there argument against it is.
Can go drop -- drones on Libya that's gonna cause all sorts of different problems that we don't need.
But but is there and is there are a message because the -- and also posits.
And we like -- becomes -- show ally in the offers an interesting commentary that he also posits that we are.
We are showing weakness in not having fired anybody -- state not having arrested any terrorists not having killed -- terrorist not.
That having any justice to -- four months after the fact.
We are shown weakness and we continue to give -- need to the Tunisian government after they've released this man.
That is not a sign of weakness we don't get the guy and Egypt to talk to him that as another sign of weakness.
Until we have a select committee.
Bipartisan Republicans and Democrats to subpoenaed these people bring them up publicly.
Frankly we will never find out what happens is every time they say talk to the FBI.
And the FBI there good group like Vietnam they always say it was a criminal case we we cannot -- -- we are farther behind finding out what happened today.
Then we were -- week -- two after the attack congressman Frank Wolf thanks for being here thank you.