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Duncan South Carolina they mister chairman and madame secretary.
We just say Americans are frustrated.
They're frustrated over the handling of Ben Ghazi what happened -- for Americans that there.
And sometimes are downright angry.
About -- and what they if they think the -- misled about.
What really happened there -- -- told that this was a protest over -- video -- not just for a couple of days but for weeks on end.
And then they're frustrated and they say comments from you this morning and when you said what difference at this point does it make.
I'll tell you what difference it makes.
It makes a difference when Americans think they were misled.
About something for political reasons.
In the hearing this morning you mention that.
We were clear -- about the threats and dangers as they were developing an eastern Libya.
And -- secretary if you're really in your words clear -- about the levels of threat to our consulate -- Ben Ghazi our special mission and -- Ghazi.
Then you should have known about Cris Stevens memo -- -- of 16 August that set our consulate could not be defended from a coordinated attack.
Questions Americans have is did he expect an attack.
If you're clear then why did your department read why did Europe department reject the request I believe on.
Seven gene for sixteen additional security agents the -- security team that would been offended by the other day -- -- state expenditure.
You're clear -- should we have known that there was no real Libyan government to turn to for security assistance.
You answer that question for mr.
makes earlier when you said there was.
You were unsure about the the Libyan government and their ability to provide that assistance.
If you're clear adware or you clear out about the al-Qaeda -- dis pleasure with do we seem to be supporting.
-- -- during the summer elections the moderate that was elected.
If -- clear -- -- Vietnam that al-Qaeda roam freely in and around in Ghazi.
As my friend from a Pennsylvania pointed out there -- al-Qaeda flags not just at the protest there al-Qaeda flags flying all ever been -- If you were clear.
Where you clear that when the brits left -- Ghazi because they had the attack.
But it for Americans that.
What was so important that ambassador Stephens.
He knew there was a security threat in -- -- he went there on September 10 and eleventh.
And get his life for our country.
What was so important for him to go to eastern Libya know -- all these threats no in the memos are clear and I think he misspoke earlier when you said that you did know of any.
Requests that were denied for more security June -- a much change between ambassador -- and John moretti when he requested.
For an one MSD team are actually an additional MSP team and the reply from John ready set unfortunately -- cannot support the request there was a request made for more security.
And it was -- that on June 7.
You -- the consulate become a death trap.
And that's national security malpractice.
You said you take responsibility.
What does responsibility mean madame secretary you're -- -- your job.
And -- people it departments state that have culpability in this that are still in their jobs.
-- heard the answer about.
Firing or removing personnel.
I get that this was gross negligence at what point in time -- our administration and -- our government fire someone.
His gross negligence left left the Americans dead ending -- What does the word responsibility -- you madam -- I think I've made that very clear congressman and let me.
Say that we've com here.
And made a very open.
I did not have to declassify the kept it classified and then you know just said goodbye.
That's not who I -- that's not what I do.
And I have great confidence that the accountability -- or -- review board.
Did the job they were asked to do made the recommendations that they thought were based on evidence not on emotion.
There -- A lot of evidence well -- in my town there was a lot of evidence well let up to the securities that I was sorry -- -- and transparency.
You haven't provided the call out of the messages instant messages during the attack between the post and operations center in an.
And an -- of transparency where you release these communications claiming Ghazi Tripoli and Washington.
I will get an answer to you on that but I will tell you once more the reason we have accountability review boards is so that we take out of politics we take out of the motion.
What happened and we tried to get to the truth I think this.
Very distinguished panel did just that and we are working.
Over time to implement their recommendations that is my responsibility and they do everything I can.
Before I finish my tenure.
And I would also going back to your first point in about the concerns that on people.
-- you represented have expressed about.
Statements that were made.
I would refer you both to the unclassified version of the after months of research and talking to more than a hundred witnesses the picture is still very complicated about what happen that night.
There are key questions I'm quoting surrounding the identity actions and motivations of the perpetrators.
That remain to be determined and I recommend that every member read the classified version which goes into greater detail that I cannot.
Speak to here today it was terrorist attack is pretty clear -- motivation was.
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