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As a way now congressman Darrell ice award gavel in the start of a key hearing on Ben Ghazi.
Among the questions lawmakers when -- asked about by the talking points here.
Who changed the talking points in the days after the attacks and why.
And why were references the terrorists and al-Qaeda scrubbed out this is version number two this is version number three it may be difficult to read on your television.
Here's the summary 12345.
Paragraphs and version number two.
And version number three the final version it's reduced the three paragraphs.
And version number two you can clearly see that lines and -- loses it in some cases an entire paragraph has been redacted.
Why was that.
Who was pushing this story line now discredited that the attack was some sort of street protests gone wrong this is a critical part.
But what this hearings about today you talk congressman -- shape this with me today will be at the hearing with me now live on the hill looser.
Good morning to you.
-- -- what -- you proved today.
Well hopefully we get closer to the truth we've got four dead Americans we've got.
A US person an American citizen who still in the hospital the day our hearts and prayers are with them.
But we got people who have firsthand accounts it's that time that for the politicians got to step aside let's hear from the people who -- actually there.
And these are real patriots I don't think they wanted to come forward and do this -- let's start there.
They're actually get it -- the light of truth on this healthy he's talking points report -- about the witnesses in the moment -- it.
It if the American people saw version number two and -- the final version what would they have learned about the initial assessment about who was responsible.
Well look I went to Libya the first week of October there was not a single mention of a video there never was a video that caused this so called protest.
That was wasn't true then it wasn't sure now.
The administration the Obama administration has not come clean and to who exactly made that those changes.
And there -- a real consequence that I think part of what you're gonna hear in this in this hearing today.
Is what was the consequence of that there were it.
There's a reason why the FBI was -- able to get there for weeks.
-- it's so that's part of what's gonna come out of this hearing Greg hicks will be a critical witness today.
He was on the ground in Tripoli we believe he may have been the last person to speak with -- ambassador Chris Stevens.
What would he say sir.
Well this is a career foreign service person.
He's a real patriot.
I think he felt suppressed when I went to go visit him.
In Libya we're gonna hear for the first time firsthand accounts about what was happening what the military response I think we're gonna hear from room.
About the consequences.
Of those talking points.
There's a host of things but I gotta give it a few hours and and let it come out as that will the testimonial but in the past you have spoken and many times you spoken to us you say the country was misled.
Based on one.
Well -- Let's see it if it wasn't for Darrell -- that -- oversight committee people like -- Gotti James Lankford and others we would still be led to believe that security decisions were made on the ground.
By -- security professionals that was never true wasn't true then it's not -- now.
We have what's called the fast the for an emergency support team that's it there in the State Department to deal with counterterrorism efforts we're gonna hear testimony from Mark Thompson about that today.
We had military assets there in country people that were ready to go into battle.
Put their own lives at risk and yet we believe I think you're gonna hear testimony they were told to stand down and then after the fact the country was -- of it.
Led to believe that it was some -- video some mob that was never true -- so I don't know what else this is gonna lead to but there are four things.
That the administration left to their own device would continue to perpetuate that just they were never -- it and we have a duty and obligation to get to the truth you know -- democratic colleagues.
Will be very strong and hitting you and others that this is about politics.
That the great irony of this is we're worried that a lot of this was manipulated because of politics I would hope that they would join us arm in arm.
In trying to get to the truth that things I mean I pre please don't let the naval -- they -- alleged that you are pushing politics.
In this growing up his administration and Hillary Clinton what would you say to that charge.
I wanna I -- get after the truth that's all I want there's probably nothing in their mind that I could ever do that wouldn't quote unquote -- political.
All I'm asking for is openness truth honesty as my friend -- -- he likes to say there is no statute of limitations on the true.
We haven't had the truth if they had told the truth we wouldn't have to have these hearings.
The house speaker John Boehner told us two weeks ago that he is not willing to appoint a select committee at this point perhaps he changes in time for now we don't know.
You agree with the speaker on that position.
-- actually do actually believe that the committees are allowed to continue to pursue what they need to as we're doing in the oversight and Government Reform Committee the Intelligence Committees -- stuff.
Foreign affairs is doing things judiciary is doing things armed services doing things.
That's the way it should work and in the senate you know Lindsey Graham and and John McCain and Kelly I not -- those they're trying to do their jobs to self.
As long as we're continue to -- to do in the committee at some point maybe moved to select committee -- right now.
I think the processes -- Jason -- if it's Republican from you to almost see in about couple hours there from the hill thank you sir thanks time now.
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