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Good evening I'm -- -- although still a day and a half away Wednesday's congressional hearing on the bank Ghazi terror attack is shaping up.
As a direct assault on the Obama administration's handling of the crisis and could reverberate.
Into the next presidential campaign.
Much of the verb -- verbal artillery will be directed at former secretary of state and prospective presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Chief Washington correspondent James Rosen tells us what we know right now.
I directed our response from the State Department and stayed in close contact with officials from across our government and in the early hours of the Ben -- crisis the State Department whistle blower will soon -- congress Secretary Clinton and undersecretary of state for management Patrick Kennedy tried to cut the department's own counterterrorism bureau.
Out of the chain of reporting and decision making.
What would have been for her motivation for doing that you believe if you wanted it to seem like it wasn't terrorism.
Keeping them out of the room allow you to.
Play with this false truths that somehow it was a video.
And the same as the protests and.
The whistle blower is Mark Thompson a former marine and long time senior officer in states counterterrorism bureau.
Fox News has learned another official in the same bureau -- the same complaint about Clinton and Kennedy back in October.
But congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland ranking Democrat on the house oversight committee accused the panel's Republicans of distorting the facts to drum up publicity for Wednesday's hearing.
-- spokesman at state agreed ice is motivations appear all political.
I mean this is not -- a collaborative process where.
These -- the committee is working directly with us and trying to.
Established facts that would help.
You know as we look to keep our people safe overseas and a very complex environment.
Spokesman for Clinton and Kennedy called the charge 100% false and former counterterrorism bureau chief Daniel Benjamin told Fox News.
Though I was out of the country on official travel at the time of the attack.
I was -- frequent contact with the department at no time was the bureau -- or otherwise kept from carrying out its tasks these are not political appointees another whistle -- testifying Wednesday will be Greg -- the number two US diplomat in Libya under -- Stevens one of the last people to speak with the -- ambassador in -- committee interview released Sunday -- -- the false talking points delivered by UN ambassador Susan Rice on the Sunday talk -- of September 16 for the absence of any arrests in the case so far by the FBI.
That's because the Libyan president had already declared Ben -- a terrorist event not a protest gone -- as rice -- The net impact of that hicks testified is the spokesperson of the most powerful country in the world has basically said that the president of Libya is either a liar or doesn't know what he's talking about.
That caused a huge delay in our ability take to bring those terrorists to justice.
Also speaking out today former UN ambassador Tom Pickering and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff admiral Mike Mullen.
They led the state department's post Ben Ghazi review board and in a statement to Fox News today defended their work.
Which is now under review by the department's inspector general -- -- statements that they got to the bottom of Ben -- because they enjoyed quote unfettered access.
To every witness and every document they needed to see.
However they never asked to interview secretary of state Clinton.
-- James -- -- -- the State Department James thank you.
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