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-- much and that Republican congressman Doug Collins serves on the oversight committee and will be in next week's hearings and he's joining us now live thank you so much for joining.
Thank you opera says that -- -- it.
Good to have you here -- what's your reaction to the news that's breaking today about the whistle blowers and the fact that several members of your committee.
Have been saying for months that neither the State Department or the White House would give you access to the identities of the witnesses who survived that attack that day.
Well I think it is continues the process that we -- and since I've been in congress of saying.
That they're just being a dragging their feet even the comment just a moment ago that the being -- happened such a long time ago it is fresh in people's minds and they're tired of the administration.
In the State Department who has been dragging their feet.
I'm not allowing security clearances for attorneys and also others and and just in documents coming -- We've got to get to the chances that we need to get to so the American people -- have assurances.
That the ambassador -- -- others who died did not back.
In bank and -- we're actually learning lessons from -- tragedies occurred in the Gaza.
Belarus one for at least one of the whistle blowers are saying that.
He allegedly been threatened by unnamed administration officials not to come forward do you believe that.
Well I'll have to take him and his -- word -- is is going forward in this investigation is seeing the inconsistencies that have been coming out in the new knowledge the -- to appear.
Almost weekly with the information coming from the Gaza do.
We're gonna continue to ask the questions we're gonna continue to talent this administration to be forthright and upcoming about what happened and -- Ghazi -- without hiding behind.
Rhetoric -- continues to hinder this investing.
Nation when asked this -- -- a news conference about survivors from the attack being blocked from testified President Obama said.
He wasn't familiar with those accusations what do you think about his comments.
Well I think it -- he continues to show a disregard for the concern that the American people have about this.
This the question being Gaza comes up in our office is one of the top calls that we get any emails that we get every week and are all the people are concerned about this because.
This is in a situation always had a US ambassador -- we -- others who died in this case.
And we did so -- we know that they hit -- request to secure an extra security we know they've been denied extra security.
This was not something that was -- -- and the response.
Frankly was just and I had a adequate and we're going to have those -- -- those questions answered and we're not going to stop because this is something that people care about and it's not about going back and it's not about saying this -- just all about politics.
It's about our missions that are across the world right now who we want to make sure that they are protected and they have the knowing.
That America has their back when they're out doing their job in the psych department boys to a wonderful job around the world we want to make sure that the -- the -- -- -- not forgotten so that we can move forward protect them.
Women reporting this week that the state department's.
Office of Inspector General is now investigating the special internal panel that -- Ben Ghazi and looking to see if there were holes in that report particularly.
Since -- of state Hillary Clinton.
At the time was never interviewed.
Do you see this as a positive -- I do I think it really -- -- -- some questions we've been asking and they count builder review board.
The -- very -- report high level officials and now they only internal investigation into IG department.
Is saying that there may be falls and -- because certain officials were not question so this is why I've also been a part of of others in congress to look at how we'd how they're -- review boards are set up.
The people that are part of it and how we can make a move forward to hold those accountable in the sidebar where -- said that others cannot be held accountable because there were not negligent -- look.
This is something we want a change or they'll be working with -- -- -- review board process to maybe change how those are put together for future -- but I think it's significant when the -- internal investigation.
Is -- -- there may be -- because there was some folks who were just not oh.
-- and ask questions and that's a problem that people need to hear about.
You said earlier this is not about politics but and many on the other side of the -- Democrats are saying this is simply.
-- Republican witch hunt that's going on regarding have been -- investigation how do you respond to that.
Well I frankly I'm I'm very disappointed that they -- site that considering that what we're investigating -- lives Americans who were lost.
And when you can look across the the globe and we have missions in hostile areas my question is is we're taking an event that happened that we would hope have never of happened.
But yet -- instead of looking and saying how can we make the solution and make it better we've got to have the answers so that we can look at hit so that our diplomatic corps around the world can know we're doing everything we possibly can't make sure they're safe so that they can do what they're paid to do.
And -- were represented the United States around the world.
Dennis what we're looking forward to it we look to the past to -- ago presentation of the future and that is what I'm trying to do and that's what this committee is working now.
Congressman great to see you today thank you so much for joining us with your remarks and of course of -- following commands unfold very closely.
At the hearing next week.
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