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-- -- from the -- guys the well with summer calling to thank god he controversy others disagree with that but here's what we're talking about today.
Lawmakers are trying to get to the bottom of what happened before during and after the terror attack.
On the US consulate the attack where we had four Americans murdered.
Senator -- AI at one of three senators releasing a statement on the un answered questions that remain surrounding the September 11 attack including.
So lots of questions about the president and his role for example here's one question that's the senator has.
We do not know what the president did.
Or who -- -- he was in contact with.
During -- seven hours of the attack and we do not know why the president did not reach out to Libya's president during that period of time.
Senator Kelly -- as a Republican from New Hampshire he sits on the senate armed -- -- committee and joins us now.
Senator nice to have you back in the program -- Jenna could be really -- taking a look at your state that you do have a lot of questions for the president.
And the administration the New York Times in an editorial today takes issue with that.
Basically saying that Republicans like yourself have not taken an appropriate look at the CIA -- focused a lot and the State Department -- and the president.
But the New York Times a year abdicating your responsibility to look closer at the CIA what's your response to that.
-- my response to -- We need that that's just not true.
We're focusing on all the facts about what happened in -- does he went for Americans were killed.
And that means questions we have before during and after before based on the testimony that came before the house who -- the security facility requirements.
Before what did the president know about the deteriorating security situation.
And big -- why wasn't that -- clothes and I mean I thought it was so surprising that Hillary Clinton would say she didn't know anything about the prior attacks more.
The cable in August up from investors Stevens that they couldn't withstand a coordinated attack and then during.
Obviously part of this of course is the intelligence as well and during.
You know why is it that we haven't got -- answer yet from the testimony in the house of mr.
-- -- said that the special forces we're told.
Not to go of this so called stand down when they wanted to go to -- -- from Tripoli to help those on the ground.
Since shortage question it you sort of talking face to face with the president of the United States on as how do you find those answers or is that indeed your intention to speak directly to the -- Well I believe the president should account for what he was doing.
During that period we know that he had a meeting with secretary Panetta and general -- about 5 o'clock.
And then as we understand -- -- certainly -- -- contact with them after that.
And we also know that there was a planes sitting on the tarmac and -- guys -- -- -- you know that certainly it was a plane sitting there they wanted to leave why wasn't there calls made.
From our president of the Libyan presence is say look let let these people move so that they can go and help -- what was happening at the and it's.
See stuff questions for the president we're gonna leave those did that that remain and I would like to talk a little bit about what we're learning now.
At about the attacks in great reporting -- -- and Adam Housley Jennifer Griffin that are talking about.
The fact that we do know according to their sources.
Who committed this terror attack and in fact we've known for a long time where they are you're a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and you you.
Your previous -- classified information in all due respect to that.
What can you tell us have you known where these guys are and who actually did this.
Well I you know I think that these reports are troubling we're gonna look into them further.
But I have to say that I haven't seen this selflessness.
If we know -- these individuals are.
Why are we capturing them why are we taking him into custody and why -- -- interrogating them.
I think there are serious questions about that and that would help us develop the truth of what happened and most importantly -- those who committed these horrific acts accountable.
I think that has to be a priority we're gonna continue to push on that that is ultimately certainly the victims of these crimes and their families deserve that.
But also there's other questions that remain in terms of the issue also of the survivors coming forward and -- making sure that we can hear from them so we know exactly what happened on the ground.
So we can understand the full facts here I believe the American people need to know what happened and make sure that it doesn't happen again.
So -- on the issue of how we handle.
Alleged par would be terrorists -- terrorists that we know -- won the big topics.
Today for the president as we understand it according to reports about his speech he's -- talking about Guantanamo Bay.
And there has been obviously resistance coming from congress about speeding up the process to get the detainees from -- now.
To some other side -- get them processed.
Right now there's a hunger strike that's going on.
-- get no more than a hundred detainees are participating in this and some -- suggesting that this is a big political problem not just for the president but for the country.
Overall where do you stand on this issue senator.
At this point in time and how do you change your.
Thoughts at all about -- now.
Here's stressed and I get I've been to get -- I was a prosecutor before -- -- the top rate detention facility.
And the people there have the right obviously to consult the lawyers -- the Red Cross practice their religion.
And so I believe that when terrorists are captured they should be brought to get -- And I would add -- -- in 2013.
We had a vote on the defense authorization on my amendment.
That had a permanent ban.
To say that people from -- could not be transferred to the United States and it got very strong support on both sides of the -- so I don't believe there -- support in the congress.
On a bipartisan basis just to transfer these individuals the United States and weak and what about those individuals that are there that are so dangerous.
That we can't put them back in the theater.
You know this notion of where do we put them and gitmo is a top rate detention facility and by the way those who have been released.
-- -- 28%.
Re engagement rate where they've gotten back in the battle.
And are fighting us again and try to commit terrorist attacks against this this is a very real issue.
Sending -- to consider we expect the president to start speaking on that issue and others starting around 1:30 eastern time senator great to have you on the program thank you thank -- -- -- appreciate it.
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