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chairman I see -- -- I recovered here you've gone through all the -- -- people we -- up -- security learn anything new today.
I think the American people learn today committee's -- -- whistle -- That the fact we were told before during and after the attack the Pentagon simply.
Aren't what they really -- The acting ambassador.
The acting ambassador after.
That Stevens was murdered.
Told us in great detail about what happened that day what happened in the days to follow and why we should note making -- -- And everyone else in the -- knew from the moment it happened in the -- said that this was terrorist attack.
It didn't happen today -- said today he presented it makes you think that you need more periods.
First of all.
My ranking member mr.
Cummings -- very -- we needed more hearings when he saw the inconsistency in the Caribbean this report done by -- Pickering.
And admiral Mullen.
That there were things that simply were wrong -- inconsistent with today's testimony he's called.
The ambassador -- come before our committee so I think at a minimum looking at this congressionally mandated report the -- being.
Going to be important -- where they got it right where they got it wrong.
One thing we heard today -- there was nobody -- sort of the middle management has held accountable and that report.
That's hard to believe in our witnesses said it was and ultimately you -- and -- -- -- -- came out the gate and you're politicizing.
-- -- Things in Washington external political but when you when you have witnesses who come forward whistle blowers and they're not Republicans or Democrats.
The fact is these are career professional State Department people -- as many as 32 years of public service.
-- who we heard from today and I think people on both sides of the aisle may have asked questions based on their their view.
But the answer to an American -- socialist until.
I was officially thought about the exchange where the whistle blower -- the DCM.
Acting ambassador hicks said that when.
Congressman tape -- went to Libya.
That apparently he was at least he testified today that he was instructed.
Not to have any personal -- -- personally and if you concentrate that's.
But the fact that they didn't want anything if you will -- the record or anything in my said that they wouldn't know shows a level of concern shouldn't happen.
Yeah congressman who sent me personally in preparation for the October 10 hearing along with career people on the committee staff members just it.
Get the facts as best they hood.
He didn't get some of those facts but in many case when he -- was -- -- a -- From the State Department and a four star general.
Playing a little bit of a game.
We'll tell you what we want to tell you will brief few problems early in your questions.
Oh yeah problems so don't wanna ask those miners bring them and asked him what a choreographed you know to get -- we can find out whether or not -- can corroborate miss hit or not -- are desperate to prove it.
Are you mentioned talking to those people.
You know Greta you've got a lot of experience in law and I only do this on committee but you can be sent down.
Erroneous -- looking for wrongdoing conspiracies that probably happened.
-- lawyers were probably sent by somebody to keep us from getting something.
But candidly as quickly as possible we simply want to have the whistle blowers are still out there -- back.
Witnesses it was still out there to come forward tell us their story will get it out and closed -- this investigation.
I don't want to be chasing down every rabbit hole over how the administration was paranoid about us finding out.
I'm only concerned about how we keep this from happening in the future and congressman Cummings repeatedly said exactly the same thing.
We need to find -- so we can make sure it doesn't happen again.
-- to come forward and now I mean this happened back September and I think he can afford probably about late march is when he for the -- -- what happened any interim period.
I think he -- to work within.
That call that that he had multiple calls -- where he said.
Are you're getting this idea that this was a demonstration.
I knew better you should know better and then being rebuffed by senior State Department personnel.
And a series of activities including essentially is being.
Called on the carpet and hold and put into a lower position.
I think those reprisals that came from coming forward to you don't have it right and he did back in the system before he ever came to congress.
I think that's probably convention that he had no -- within state.
That he would have to fight for what was through with congress so what is next.
Well we've got a lot to Georgia the ranking member today join with me in supporting for more documents documents we we actually deserve.
Genuinely did this doesn't mean -- two of you both -- to run more documents.
He did not -- attractive mentally worried now -- that he wants.
-- -- -- Mr.
Cummings is his own man and I think when you see that there are actually here and you wanna get to the bottom of it.
He did he said those things on his own he signed one today asking for documents we've been denied -- Thomas correct but.
We're gonna we're gonna get more documents or at least we're gonna work jointly to get them and then.
Clearly the -- -- Co -- Pickering and Mullen will probably be shortly thereafter we asked for nine additional people previously mr.
Cummings and -- supportive that we need to get those and perhaps more.
chairman thank you so thank you --