Full Statement From GOP Senators Meeting With Ambassador Susan Rice And Acting CIA Director Mike Morell

November 28, 2012 12:36 pmViews: 207

UN Ambassador Susan Rice and temporary CIA Director Mike Morell met with Senators Lindsey Graham, John McCain, and Kelly Ayotte yesterday to clear up some questions on Benghazi Libya, unfortunately nothing was cleared up and these 3 Republican Senators released a statement discrediting her answers and stating that President Obama had serious questions to answer about Rice’s statements.

Not only did Susan Rice not give full and complete answers to the senator's questions, acting CIA Director Mike Morell made a false statement or covered-up for the changed talking points Rice made on 5 Sunday talk shows when he said that the FBI had changed them to take out the words referring to the attack on the consulate in Libya as a terrorist attack by Al Qaeda militants. His reasoning was that the FBI was doing an investigation and they wanted to keep classified information quiet.

Later in the afternoon at 4:00 pm however, the CIA them came out and corrected acting Director Morell's statement about who changed the talking points stating that it was in fact, the CIA itself who had made the change. Great, now not only has Susan Rice made statements about Benghazi that were patently false, the CIA Director has basically done the same thing. Did he not have his story down pat before he went into that meeting or was he just confused about which Obama administration lie he was supposed to tell this time.

Here is the Senator's statement in full below:

We respectfully disagree with the White House’s statement today that ‘there are no unanswered questions’ about Ambassador Rice’s September 16 Sunday show appearances and the talking points she used.

Around 10:00 this morning in a meeting requested by Ambassador Rice, accompanied by acting CIA Director Mike Morell, we asked Mr. Morell who changed the unclassified talking points to remove references to al-Qaeda.  In response, Mr. Morell said the FBI removed the references and did so to prevent compromising an ongoing criminal investigation.  We were surprised by this revelation and the reasoning behind it.

However, at approximately 4:00 this afternoon, CIA officials contacted us and indicated that Acting Director Morell misspoke in our earlier meeting. The CIA now says that it deleted the al-Qaeda references, not the FBI.  They were unable to give a reason as to why.

We are disturbed by the Administration’s continued inability to answer even the most basic questions about the Benghazi attack and the Administration’s response.

Beyond Ambassador Rice’s misstatements, we continue to have questions about what happened in Benghazi before, during, and after the attack on our consulate – as well as the President’s statements regarding the attack.

Perhaps most important, we also need to understand why the U.S. military was unable to respond within seven hours to save American lives in Benghazi and why our consulate was left so unsecure despite a series of previous attacks.

In more than a dozen letters, we and other Senators have repeatedly requested that the Administration provide answers to our questions.  Yet, today most of them remain unanswered.  We eagerly await their response.

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