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Thomas Pickering former US ambassador in co chair of the Ben got the accountability review board is defending his report.
Along with Mike -- the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Pickering released a scathing review last December they criticize security at the US out post in Libya however.
Pickering said that his or did not look into the controversy -- an incorrect talking points.
Used by US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice after the attack.
They were not part of our investigation.
They came after the fact and our investigation.
Was security in Ben Ghazi and the events leading up with respect to security and -- -- So there is really nothing I can -- from any particular position of expertise.
On the issue of talking points.
This morning Senator John McCain called the changes -- rice is talking points -- quote cover up.
Meanwhile the top Republican on the house oversight committee chairman Darrell I -- wants sworn depositions went.
Pickering and Mullen -- get them.
Well congressman -- that joins us now chairman thank you for your time today.
Well thank you Rand and to be us ambassador Pickering this morning agreed to them.
And that's a good step in the right direction to get the record straight as to how they reached decisions on such a narrow -- is one that only -- the lowest level of people.
Responsible -- finding 29 specific areas of deficiency including the building itself -- in which the ambassador died.
In TU is an ARB at AA RB.
In total if there wasn't a review of the talking points why weren't they included.
Well this was a very narrow report required by congress there's -- nineteen of them since 1986.
And it's really intended to be although they call it independent it's a review requested by and given to the secretary of state.
In this case this -- this was a mistake far greater -- the secretary of -- there was no contingent plan even after multiple attacks by the Department of Defense.
There were there were Department of Defense employees -- were told to stand down that they couldn't be part of the relief effort even from with in Libya.
And ultimately this report was not allowed to look as you said a lot of things but here's some here's the one that our committee finds frustrating.
They reached conclusions with a tremendous amount of data interviews that we've been tonight.
Well and today they're Democrats out there on the Sunday shows as well saying Republicans have been given reams of information thousands of pages of emails and documents that you have what you need.
What is -- you're still lacking.
But that become so humorous because first -- we have been given anything.
Every day a -- from the State Department comes in with these documents.
And we can look through them but not take pictures of them not record anything from them.
And we found deficiencies items that we've been able to get through whistle blowers that are not in that stack of documents.
That's -- discoveries done in this case not even the names of the those injured those who were present in Ben Ghazi.
Has made available to us so the real fact witnesses that the ambassador said he.
Interviewed we don't even have the names up from yet.
Higher responded to accusations that this is a political witch hunt that is about going after Democrats and Hillary Clinton in particular.
And her hopes if she decides to run in 2016 -- -- -- RD political groups that are using portions of this investigation and of the hearing.
In ads going after Hillary Clinton so how do you refute that that's what this is about.
-- -- first of all I had nothing to do with Hillary Clinton losing the nomination to a freshman senator named Barack Obama.
We're don't we're not playing in the democratic primary so we're not even involved in that here's what were involved and three -- State Department employees.
Came in as qualified whistle blowers told us things that they knew.
That the American people should've known from the get go to use the word get go.
Because Gregory hicks said within minutes after being told by the now deceased ambassador.
Gregg were under attack.
He told the State Department his levels all the way to the operations center in Washington.
We are under attack and knew from the get go it was an al-Qaeda back September 11 attack.
And that never got into any report and certainly when Secretary Clinton called Gregory hicks at 2 o'clock in the morning.
The next day September 12 now in the morning -- -- attack was still under way.
That was a time in which she -- asked the question what do you think the attack came from.
Saying that the CIA said acts when you get them to change it twelve times flies in the face of what the top ranking diplomat said within minutes of the attack are.
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