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Police soon learned what was going on behind the scenes of the State Department in the days after the attack on the American Consulate and Ben -- that terror attack.
Or four Americans were murdered including ambassador Christopher Stephens.
The house oversight and Government Reform Committee.
The chairman of that committee -- I say is now issuing subpoenas.
For emails and other communications from key State Department officials who helped shape the administration's talking points after the attack.
In a letter to secretary of state John Kerry chairman -- -- Accuse the department of withholding documents on the scandal joining us now Oklahoma congressman James Lankford.
He's a member of that house oversight and Government Reform Committee he's joining us live from Oklahoma congressman nice -- with us.
Thank you so let's just jump in the State Department says they've given.
Thousands of documents you have critics coming out saying at the house GOP.
As on some sort of fishing expedition that you don't really know specifically what you're looking for so.
Tell asleep what you are looking for congressman what specifically are you looking for in these pages.
That know what the largest issue is how to we prevent that from happening again and how to we put processes in place to prevent this.
The specific set of -- subpoenas just someone talking points but Torre knew and in the summer document said the people in her building it.
Didn't want some of these talking points I didn't want to make some changes to things.
Well then all the documents Britain's -- ever dumped by the administration don't actually reference all the people in her building.
The food chain from her they dumped a bunch of documents ever not relevant actually when everyone was looking for -- this is this is no different than in normal legal proceeding.
When you say we need to documents Mason of the documents that help them.
But not the documents -- the full story we just want to get the full story all we really want is the facts to come out.
Let the facts speak for themselves let's move on let's get this resolved.
-- they have until next Friday.
To turn over the documents walked us through a few scenarios.
What happens if they don't well -- Well here here's the challenge we Oxley have the -- colder -- -- contempt of congress right now because two years ago.
This same committee request all the documents on fast and furious they did their own internal investigation.
They got all the documents that they needed to investigate themselves in and they won't turn those documents over related fast appears to our committee that that's not a -- that's illegal.
Our committee has oversight over there agency they have to turn those over.
Is the exact same thing again where the administration has done their own internal investigation -- -- we gathered all the documents will give you the documents we want.
We won't give you the documents we won't want that we don't want you to have.
They just need to turn everything over the administration's making this harder by continuing to drag it out month after month.
And in just trickling in documents out they keep this story going they can get this resolved that we can move on to the other issues at hand if they would just turn over the documents that are relevant -- go.
We mentioned holding that -- general in contempt.
What -- would you consider doing the same for top officials including the secretary of state if they indeed do not turn over the documents.
Right now we just subpoena the documents we assume they're gonna turn those documents over will keep moving from there we've asked for those documents they -- turned him over renounce opinion they have those documents.
We expect them to turn over we have to be able to learn from this and move on in 1998.
When the bombings occurred in Kenya and in Tanzania.
The State Department put in specific criteria to say okay here's how we protect our foreign dignitaries on the field.
Those criteria were not fulfilled.
In being -- were not even done in Tripoli the facility in Tripoli ending -- didn't meet the minimum standards that we were supposed to learn from.
In 1998 are -- in the seas were attacked if we don't actually learn all the facts can get everything done we're gonna repeat this cycle all over again we usually.
Have to get all the facts what they're talking a lot about accountability in that -- thing that a lot of our Fox News correspondents have looked into an occurrence in this case in fact we had some exclusive reporting that.
The White House the government knows who murdered.
Our people and being -- but for summaries and is not going after them.
Based on not wanting to repeat this again and trying to do the best to prevent any sort.
Any sort of attack that.
Even resembles this remotely how do you think this next step by your committee is actually helping to bring those very individuals to justice.
Right well the accountability -- review board was supposed to bring some of those things in a very limited scope.
That if you selected questions ever given to them they help pursue those questions but not the bigger picture.
So here -- the basic things that we know at this point we know the facilities didn't meet the minimum standard.
For security that was set in 199899.
-- in being Ghazi or in Tripoli either facility.
We know they had asked for to keep the level security they had.
But that was taken away from them they couldn't even keep what they had it's not a matter of adding more it's just people there to -- There were told no we know there was no military contingency plan to come -- to protect him and at the time that they did have a problem so.
They didn't meet the minimum standards they didn't have security they asked for there was no military contingency plan.
To come protect him in case there was a problem we have a great -- -- and that includes the communication behind the scenes of what they were trying to do to be able to resolve this -- to be respond.
The days leading up to it what happened during it in a -- afterwards all of those things are very important for us we will learn the lesson it'd be able put things in a practice.
We have great people serving all over the world -- serve the United States and representing us well we -- they -- them in their families the most basic thing.
The appropriate level security for the position at the -- that was not done in this case and Libya it needs to be done for all of -- other personnel.
A congressman and we look forward -- following up with -- get a look at these documents -- that indeed does happen again by next Friday that's what we're looking for investor requests for this writing at.
We appreciate you -- joining us -- in your home state.
And the -- is talking -- Washington sir thank you.
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