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-- on the last 24 hours we've seen a new push from the Obama administration top Democrats who appear to be putting blame in part.
For the -- Ghazi terror attacks on a lack of funding for security at our consulate in Ben -- Now this comes after we heard the State Department.
Sought internal documents and listen to testimony from diplomats.
Who were on the ground and -- Ghazi ahead of the September 11 attack all saying that security.
Was an adequate.
Here here's what we heard from the president himself yesterday.
We're gonna meet congress' help in terms of increasing the number of our marine core part -- protect our emphasis we're not -- -- do this along.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- Again and again.
Republicans have blocked opposed to reduce embassy security funding.
I think -- -- scandal in quotes starts with the Republicans looking and then there.
Mirror mirror who's the -- of long they ought to ask.
Mirror mirror cut the funding.
For diplomatic security across this world.
For America the answer Republicans.
Stand the heat so they turn it on secretary.
Clinton and that is completely wrong.
-- now Utah congressman Jason shape it's.
I was on the house oversight -- been looking into this he joins us from Capitol Hill has been good to see you again so.
I just want to make -- but obviously obviously security was inadequate on the ground -- -- -- Libya on 9/11 of twelve.
That's why we have four dead Americans in part.
The question is why why was it inadequate and now what we're seeing is a growing call from Democrats and sat there with Barbara Boxer.
Saying it's your fault it's the Republicans in congress.
Who failed to fund these security.
These embassies and consulates and outposts.
So that they could protect themselves your response.
All the Democrats say that we politicize things let me give you the facts Megan from 2008 to 2012.
They have lower than a 90% increase in security funding.
That's 18% annualized -- in 2012 a -- only got 400.
Million more dollars than they have the year before.
We had Charlene -- testified in a -- god he had that security decisions had nothing to do with funding -- did not block.
The push for more security in -- -- And then we heard it from that the chief financial officer of the State Department who has also said in an email that security decisions were not impeded.
By some financial -- situation and the troops are the the people that they want -- for these assets T teams.
To be on the ground -- protect those people in Libya backing out of the Pentagon budget it didn't come out of the State Department budget.
And so it that's just it's just fiction that the Democrats are trying to lay out there and put blame on Republicans and -- taking.
Personal responsibility for the bad security decisions or my.
And a Washington -- a fact check on this because Barbara Boxer had renewed that -- -- retreat in Tokyo's on it.
Saying you know the Republicans long control didn't give the president every dollar he won it for embassy security.
Nor nor did the Democrats when they were in control that's par for the course in capital you guys don't just.
Give the president a blank check and say yes to his entire budget.
But notwithstanding your denials and that and that Democrats denials the funding for embassy security has gone up it's gone up each and every year as you point out.
But here's what I wanna ask you okay.
It if it what if it wasn't a lack of funding that led to lack of security.
Then why because we've seen so much back and forth about these guys.
Begging for more security gaining new al-Qaeda was -- -- -- new -- affiliated groups.
Or terror groups were on the rise they were terrified they -- gonna get its act it was the smoking gun memo in August of 2012 right before the attack.
Saying we cannot withstand a coordinated attack and yet instead of giving -- the security game they drill it down so why.
-- it didn't fit their political narrative remember five days five days before the attack the president had been saying al-Qaeda was on the run and that they were defeating terrorism and you know -- they had killed Osama bin Laden which was a good thing I don't get me wrong but.
That just didn't fit their political -- and political narrative what you do here -- them pushing for.
Is to quote unquote normalize as swiftly as possible now in in that the world that the State Department normalize means.
Let's get rid of the trained US troops and let's bring in locals and when I was there on the ground I heard firsthand from the people in Tripoli.
When I went there that first week of October they said we actually had to hire somebody who was a mobile phone salesman to do security you think I had never -- -- before.
Because the state department of push to hire locals who were not trained.
Like some special operations person who's got -- united states military that bush for normalization.
I think was the prevailing thought in the prevailing wind instead of letting the security.
-- and we have a local politics -- locals are supposed to be helping us protect the consulate on the night we were attacked and they they they rant I mean there was a question about whether they were in on it.
And helping those who attack us but let me challenge -- because let's take a look at -- -- as you rightly point out she did tell their -- so that.
The security situation wasn't there as a lack of money but let's just listen to -- we have that summit listen to her.
The slam yesterday you told us in testimony that.
A recommendation but not a request for more security and you.
Admitted that in fact you had previously said that.
If he submitted a request you would not supported his.
Under the current conditions yes.
Sir we had the correct number of assets in Ben -- at the time of 9/11.
For what had been agreed upon.
Now chowing -- was was out there -- I want everything to look normal.
I mean it's it's what I mean was at her was somebody above her who who is implementing this alleged plan of which you speak.
Well like you got to take the secretary of state better word she said she's responsible and you know.
This -- of ignorance that you hear from the senior most officials is not really justification on the fact that probably scares me more.
What bothers me is four and a half months after the attack the secretary of state Hillary Clinton herself came here and said I take all the responsibility.
But then says well the security decisions were made at the local level but that we heard from the regional security officer -- Nordstrom who said I was never allowed to implement what I thought we needed in order to secure.
Libya for the American -- just I don't know anything about it she said and then you sit.
-- -- -- -- -- Megan if she doesn't -- this is Libya after a revolution.
If the secretary of State's not paying attention to that what are they paying attention to its not like we have some big uprising in the -- shells or something.
-- Libya should be a priority and of course the secretary of state should be responsible for that there's no excusing congressman Jason -- thank you sir.
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