Last night Florida senator Marco Rubio sat down for an interview with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren to discuss the testimony given today by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarding Benghazi.
During the interview, Greta asks Rubio if he thought Clinton was “candid”.
“She tried to answer to the questions that were asked. I think time will tell, you know, time will tell whether some things she said bared out to be true or not. I mean these things have a way of flushing themselves out. To say the opposite, I’m not going to sit here and accuse the secretary of lying. I’m going to tell you I’m concerned about some of her answers. The reason why I’m concerned about some of her answers is I still do not understand how it can be that a high profile place like Libya, with the amount of dangerous situations out of there already occurred, with all the information coming into the government to the U.S., that in Libya not only was it a dangerous place – Benghazi in particular was dangerous – and that there were Islamist fundamentalist radical elements that were organizing and training in the vicinity.
Here is what I don’t believe. I don’t believe that the only people who were aware of what a bad situation it was were the mid-level people that resigned. I think it was clear from her testimony today that she as aware of how Libya was, although obviously she says that there was no way she could have known it would turn into this.
Watch the entire interview above.
Here is video from Greta Van Susteren’s show tonight where she featured a new State Department report from an “independent review board” on the Benghazi Terrorist Attack that is critical of the State Department itself for failing to have sufficient security. But Catherine Herridge reports that the findings do not “name any names,” and holds no one responsible for the death of four Americans – including Ambassador Chris Stevens – nor does it recommend any disciplinary action for anyone in the State Department.
Here is video of Charles Krauthammer tonight saying he “is not buying” National Intelligence Director James Clapper taking the blame for changing the CIA Talking Points on Benghazi, less than a week after declaring the Intelligence Community did not make the changes. Krauthammer said he’s not buying Clapper’s “amnesia” on the talking points.
One of the Democratic talking points on defending the lack of security at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya is to blame the Republican House for not approving enough money in the State Department Budget. Joe Biden even tried to use this excuse in the VP Debate the other night. But here is Obama Press Secretary Jay Carney having to admit yesterday that they have no evidence that the State Department Budget had anything to do with the lack of security. When directly asked about it, he had to walk back what Biden and other Democrats have been using as an excuse.
Here is video of Gov. Mitt Romney today delivering a moving tribute to fallen Navy SEAL Glen Doherty, who was killed in the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Romney told of how he happened to meet Doherty by chance a couple of years ago at a Christmas Party they actually went to by accident, believing it to be a party they had gotten a flyer about in their neighborhood. Romney spoke with emotion about how impressed he was by this young man, and about finding out Doherty had died in the attack. Romney said Doherty had rushed to the Consulate from a safe place across town to render aid when they heard the attack was underway. He praised Doherty as an example of the American Spirit.
CNN reports they have an email showing a security team at the U.S. Embassy in Libya requested use of a plane from the U.S. State Department – but were denied. It does not appear not having that plane had anything to do with security around U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens the day he was killed in a terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. But other investigations are underway to see what happened, and why Ambassador Stevens was even in Libya – much less Benghazi – on September 11 when there had already been recent attacks on the U.S. mission in Libya.
Here is video of U.S. Sen. John McCain on the ground in Benghazi, Libya, where he has met with Libyan oppostion rebels. In this video, he speaks to the Rebels, and urges those who are skeptical of giving support to the Rebels to “come to Benghazi” to see the situation for themselves.
McCain urged the United States and other nations to recognize the Libyan Rebel leadership as the “official voice of the Libyan people.”