Will Benghazi survivors come forward?
Search for answers on attack continues
- Duration 4:33
- Date Mar 18, 2013
Search for answers on attack continues
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A leading Republican lawmakers raising serious questions about the Obama administration's handling of the -- Ghazi terror attacks in the aftermath.
Senator Lindsey Graham accuses the white house of telling injured survivors of those attacks to quote be quiet and not share their stories.
Now he is prepared to do he says whatever it takes to get to the bottom of what happened.
I'm gonna hold up the business of the senate until we get the survivors on record talk couple.
And their story is chilling they're scared to death to come forward without some institutional support.
I'm about what Bret -- the anchor of special report and a guy who's done a great deal of reporting on what happened in the Ben Ghazi situation there are.
33 survivors of the attacks who were evacuated from the a diplomatic facilities are -- Yes John and a lot of them fallen to the CIA category and probably will not be heard from.
Undercover agents but you do have.
At least four.
State Department officials State Department security and a contractor.
Who were injured in the attack.
And you have people like senator Graham saying that they have talked to some of these people.
And that they have been told to be quiet of we have senator Graham on Friday and it was.
A very huge -- interview and that he called for the house to quote step up its game.
On Ben Ghazi saying that they need to subpoena.
If these people are not able to come forward the names are not released by the administration.
If they are not felt like they have protection.
For coming forward they need to subpoenaed them.
Is what senator Graham said -- just heard him saying.
He was going to hold up significant action in the senate and he's key to a lot of different things that the administration wants to move forward.
Well there was there was the feeling that the administration was reticence.
To have Ben Ghazi front and center in the news back during the election season.
Because when the president was talking about al-Qaeda on the on the decline.
It was not good politics to to have a successful terror attack on our embassy what would be the reason now to keep all of this under the -- We don't know the answer that question.
That's something that we've been trying to dig on for a long time.
Why why is this now this far after the attack.
So tough to get to some of these people to get to some of the questions that have been on answered from the beginning you heard the president.
In Google chat say that.
Everything has come forward and and the bank got -- situation is all out there he thought it was all about politics well.
There are a lot of unanswered questions and a senator Graham says that the testimony of these people he's talked to survivors.
And that they will tell -- to -- of being abandoned they felt in Ben Ghazi in those seven and a half to eight hours.
That attack the quote from the white house press spokesman Jay Carney he says I'm sure the White House is not preventing anyone from speaking.
But senator Graham seems to dispute that.
Right he says -- point blank that they've been told to be quiet and they're fearful.
So I think this will from that interview on Friday.
That we had with senator Graham and over the weekend obviously talk more about it others have talked about a represented -- fits in wolf.
Members of congress or are pushing forward on this.
And I think it will start to gather some some steam here especially if you have some people like Graham.
Saying they're going to hold up things in the senate I want to make one other point.
Another story is kind of connected to this and that is the transparency with the bit Osama bin Laden documents.
Recovered at the Bob Bob bottom -- -- compound there were supposedly hundreds of thousands of documents.
That could fill a small college library were told by the administration the first day's only seventeen of them have been released.
And from other reporting we've heard about these documents it says bin Laden and top al-Qaeda was in.
Picked constant communication with these al-Qaeda affiliates and was much more about directing attacks all around the world.
All of this fits together with the picture of al-Qaeda and we're trying to dig on.
And get to the bottom involved now keep up the digging could work in Washington -- -- thank you you can -- for.