August 21, 2014

Reps. Wilson and Duncan question Sec. of State Clinton on Benghazi (AUDIO)

Two South Carolina congressmen questioned Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a House hearing over terrorist attacks on a state department office in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012 , in which an ambassador was killed.

In the months since, House and Senate Republicans have been calling for answers to why the Obama Administration –and the consulate itself— seemed ill-prepared for the attack.  Then U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice appeared on political talk shows the Sunday after the attack and incorrectly described the attacks as protests against an anti-Islam movie made in the U.S.

The House and Senate Foreign Relations Committees questioned Clinton today. Both 2nd District Rep. Joe Wilson and 3rd District Jeff Duncan serve on the House committee.

Wilson says Clinton should have met the press instead of Rice.

AUDIO: Rep. Joe Wilson asked Clinton didn’t make the Sunday rounds herself.

Clinton went on to say that, at that time, she was still embroiled in finding out what had happened.

Wilson’s questions were actually taken from a local letter to the editor, written by a retired foreign service officer who now lives in Seabrook Island. 

AUDIO: One question about security at the compound. (:39)

Rep. Duncan told Sec. Clinton that she “let the consulate become a death trap.”  He criticized more than questioned her in the few minutes he had to speak. 

AUDIO: Clinton says an Accountability Review Board’s findings are transparent, Duncan disagrees
(2:03)

Clinton told the committees that funding for overseas security has been cut and needs to be restored to help prepare for increasing threats.