Did lawmakers push Sec'y Clinton for answers on Benghazi?
Sen. John McCain weighs in
- Duration 6:36
- Date Jan 26, 2013
Sen. John McCain weighs in
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Lawmakers were hoping that secretary Clinton's highly anticipated testimony this week on the big Ghazi terror attacks.
What -- provided some hard evidence as to how this tragedy could have happened.
But yesterday I sat down with Senator John McCain who was -- that hearing and had a chance to question mrs.
I asked why he and other lawmakers didn't push harder for -- follow -- I'm very important issues like what early warning measures -- -- to address the security threat at the consulate.
First -- -- -- you've got five minutes grand total of five months and it.
I say this -- in some respect and little admiration.
Have been before these committees and long answers they find more useful and short answers.
So I wanted to say that her answers were unsatisfactory.
And state many of the questions that -- not been answered.
And hopes that at least one of them I would get a satisfactory answer but I had to lay out.
With what she had said so far which was not addressing.
The threats that we're not acted upon the fact that a a security group was that request of disdain felt they -- this -- was withdrawn.
The fact that the on August 15 and sixteenth the report was sent out to the State Department saying.
They could not withstand the consulate could not withstand a sustained attack.
On the consulate and those questions of course weren't answered and then.
On the talking points.
Her answer to senator Johnson saying nobody cares.
Of course they care.
The family scare everybody cares what led to this tragedy of the loss -- four brave Americans so all I can say is.
That system minority of every member a chance to ask questions you don't get -- into the back and forth as you do in other hearings.
I know that must have been clearly frustrating for you as well do we even have an answer at this point yet.
As to why ambassador Stevens was there and determined to open up the US consulate in such a dangerous territory when -- had.
Other terrorist groups were spending time in that region.
And you noticed today that the other European countries -- are withdrawing from been Dicey because of the continued.
Terrorist attacks there but.
No but I think the major question is -- there are many.
Was why -- all of these warnings ignored.
The secretary of state -- said she took responsibility.
And yet she said she never saw some of those warnings.
Why not why wasn't I mean when a when a report from -- ambassador says they can't sustain an attack.
And there have been already attacks on the British ambassador on the British consulate.
-- ample information those questions have never been answered.
And that is that is something that they think they can stall long enough.
With the help of the adoring media that -- all just fade away some how much do not intend.
To let it fade away and we'll do everything in our power to get answers.
All right let -- -- -- -- to us and is it was being made today we have learned Fox News has learned that the Pentagon is now threatening to furlough all of its employees if congress -- unable to avoid sequestration.
The Pentagon apparently has -- up to 800000 civilian employees what's your reaction to this.
My reaction is that I hope that members of congress and the president.
Will pay attention to secretary -- defense Panetta.
And the chairman of the joint chiefs who are saying.
That draconian measures will have to be taken furloughs layoffs in the defense industry.
But most importantly to me -- devastating blow to our national security.
If this sequestration takes place and it's up to congress and the president to act together.
And frankly so far I have not seen the kind of urgency that many of us feel about sequestration.
And it its implementation.
This raises big concerns.
For those employees and what is and -- -- military right now.
Yes including our civilian employees of many of our major defense contractors.
Who will also be laid offs primarily.
Another story that I know -- particularly keen on is fact that -- That would have -- now allowed to be in combat situations I know you support this move but there are many Republicans were very upset by this saying that.
The White House is using this as an opportunity for social experiment.
And that this is not the time to further that agenda how do you respond to that.
I think it's true that women are in combat given the nature of war today.
The kind of environment in Afghanistan for example where TDs are everywhere where there -- shelling and rockets and terrorist attacks.
By suicide bombers and others but having said that.
I believe that the important factor here is that women and men.
In order to qualify for certain roles in the military.
Have to meet certain physical and mental standards there should be no waivers for anybody.
And as long is that standard.
Is adhered to then I am I'm proud to have qualified women.
Who are serving in combat situations and you know.
Some people I know think that.
Generally speaking women are smarter than men anyway.
I think I might -- that definitely.
Let me wrapping up really quickly here I know your plane makes some news come Monday.
Focusing specifically on immigration can you give us that's an insight as to what this is going to be about.
Well a group of us have been working for a number of weeks on immigration reform.
We're gonna articulate those principles and we'll be coming out of those and we wanna work with the White House -- wanna work with the house.
But a bipartisan group of senators.
Will be -- coming up with a set of principles it's very important.
That we -- in coordination with the White House rather than opposition.
And with our house colleagues but.
I believe we need to enact comprehensive immigration reform and -- Pleased to be part of that effort and I know that that it's not without controversy senator look forward to that and it's always great to see you thank you saw that you.