Benghazi questions hold up Hagel, Brennan confirmations
'Political Insiders' weigh in
- Duration 8:22
- Date Feb 18, 2013
'Political Insiders' weigh in
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How much we couldn that's -- -- it's hot in politics.
After claiming they were being stonewalled by the White House.
The GOP now putting new pressure.
On the administration to answer questions about the deadly terror attack that took place and in Gaza September 11.
Republicans have even delayed confirmations of the president's nominees -- -- when John Brennan.
Meantime President Obama making a rather dismissive statement.
About the -- -- investigation last week while answering a question about transparency.
In his administration listen.
There are a handful of issues mostly around national security.
Where people have legitimate questions where they're still concerned.
About whether or not we have all the information we need they got -- by the way is not a good example of that that.
Was largely driven by campaign stuff because everything about that we've had more testimony.
And more paper provided to congress than ever before the and congress is sort of running out of things to ask.
Let's bring in our political insiders to weigh in on this John a -- a former Republican congressman for New York.
-- -- -- Fox News contributor and a former poster for president Jimmy Carter.
And -- showing -- to what Fox News contributor and former pollster for Bill Clinton.
-- -- let's start right there with the president Ben Ghazi campaign stuff.
-- -- -- -- It's not campaign stuff anymore -- -- five months ago well not only that but we're in.
February and were repeatedly learning more things.
Because of these confirmation hearings -- -- for the Republicans -- doing a good job forcing.
The White House to answer more questions even though we have a lot mortal -- I was.
There was surprise and struck by the president's.
-- a statement about paying -- immunized.
I know that he wants to move forward and and rightly so it was a stunning statement but that was -- President's Day.
And never quite seen removes -- watch him for a time I read it and it reminds me Nixon Watergate was accurately that this is this is something's going on here.
When John McCain used -- -- cover up today.
Bob would respond fox and Sunday with Chris -- today and he said.
Well you know one -- a lot of these are legitimate question.
But you know what we don't know no one seen the notes in congress.
From the evacuees.
-- interviewed by the FBI no one has seen that we don't know what the president was doing we've said this before -- four dead Americans.
And what's happening is it's getting more and more the case.
This thing is.
Developing it's its I don't look when you're gonna ask that question unless there's no but I wouldn't even go there Doug immediately to read it yet as he -- -- -- was.
Here's what he's trying to do he is trying to dismiss.
The whole question and you're exactly right -- Four dead Americans we don't know with -- John we're suggesting what happened that night quoted the president talked to we don't know.
But he's trying to dismiss it out of hand turn it into partisanship.
Because the questions aren't answered the Republicans.
By contrast are trying to keep it alive as they should because at the legitimate questions -- -- it puts people like hagel and Brennan.
And even Jack little was raised in this hearing under the microscope every under the microscope and the Republicans are right to scrutinize this country doesn't play like there's no not the right to know that we're right -- -- -- just a fact they made up this line narrative that they did which was it would probably -- Which we understand why -- the campaign Romney let him get away with -- that's wrong.
All but -- -- Americans we don't know what happened in it's clear the president was absent.
As I said last week.
I worked for president in the middle of a crisis behind huge crisis -- shoot him every single minute of every day trip Kelly.
I remember 1995 I was working.
For Bill Clinton I think it was Scott O'Grady who got out of Bosnia.
And -- remember that national security advisor totally coming -- to brief Bill Clinton.
When he O'Grady.
Got out of Bosnia.
The president of the United States as he should have been was following this case.
As closely as you what I would follow something involving our families our children.
And it just John it strikes me as incongruous that that.
The United States wouldn't have been up to date minute to minute on -- -- I think we we don't know why this is being covered up.
But politically because we are the political insiders here's a case finally where the Republicans.
Are effectively doing something together.
In opposition to the administration which is what their job this it's a check and a balance right and they're using congressional power.
-- to force answers to come from the White House today.
This were any other president.
The media would be so do I know we're going with this -- I don't really notice how they have gone in the ankle on this.
What we're clearly being -- -- series of -- And once under oath when people admit that they didn't speak to the president.
The secretary defense wants the secretary of state hardly at all that he will -- -- and I don't know what.
Whether there are other issues out there going line and -- will obviously have time to talk about that but the State of the Union Address what was your impression of that.
My my take is that it was a solid presentation.
Of a series of initiatives that are popular poll tested.
But don't really address the central question of the debt the deficit.
The lack of a budget the lack of a clear plan for our future and bottom line between.
Marco Rubio of response of the president's state of the union.
We're no closer to dealing with our large scale issues that we were Donald -- -- -- -- took the words -- -- -- -- -- gonna ask you gentlemen.
Did the president lack the.
Opportunity or did -- waste opportunity -- cast a vision for the country's yes and you know what the vision that works politically is is to go against your.
-- tight -- standing dollars he's a liberal Democrat right.
Where he would be more effective is it.
Some part of liberalism.
For a higher cause is that we can't -- John he did he instead of doing that he goes to the left even more now.
These poll tested things that Doug mentioned in fact the things he talked about more investment in clean energy.
And infrastructure we've got a call from -- -- Rasmussen poll is showing exactly what you're talking about their job we can bring it up and while we're talking about it the consequence of this is that.
The president failed to move the country forward you're looking at this right now which would help the economy more more government cuts 55%.
More spending on think -- only 36 plus degree at the -- reason.
He changed from his inaugural address we never mentioned the economy.
Speed which was quote about the economy was really about government -- the government -- more spending.
Is because the country's consumed of those issues the issues.
And that he's been talked about climate change some of the others hurt the bottom you have the bottom of people's concerns some answers present pushing an agenda he's pushing a campaign.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- He failed an opportunity to move the country closer together to find some common ground commander which could unite America about the -- there's -- red America blue America.
This man is.
This is -- and I've written.
Last year early on is the most divisive president in our lifetime there is you know bearing the country's -- some bipartisanship doesn't want to offers no policies.
That offer any hope.
Of achieving bipartisanship.
And bottom line.
He what is -- wearing nothing more than trying to eliminate the Republican corporation thing today comes out.
You've -- actually for the only time in congress are talking to each other and he wants a proposal will blow that up -- the Democrats are speaking.
And -- of where we got to go right back -- --