On Wednesday’s broadcast of Laura Ingraham’s radio program, Speaker of the House John Boehner repudiated Hillary Clinton’s efforts during testimony on Wednesday to blame Congress for the Benghazi fiasco.
“We gave them all the money they asked for to make sure that our diplomats and our employees around the world were safe.” Boehner said. “It’s clear that her own people in Libya asked for additional security, and it’s also clear their request was rejected, and I think the secretary needs to explain why. In all, it’s all part of our bigger concern that this is their ‘lead from behind’ strategy. We’ve only seen passive responses to the rise of extremism and terrorist networks in places like Egypt or Tunisia or Libya and now Algeria. America has to lead in the effort to combat violent extremism and terrorism wherever it appears. And yet this White House seems content to watch passively and respond only if necessary.”
Boehner said the House would continue its oversight role by investigating the attack.
“The Congress is going to hold this administration accountable for the deaths of four Americans, when clearly there were … programs in place, there were military officials in place that could have responded to this and could have saved the lives of those four people. We are bound and determined to get to the bottom of who knew what and when, and why the administration continued to deny that this was a terrorist attack — and that they denied these requests for additional security in Libya.”
The House speaker said he is familiar with the premise of Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s question during the hearing about arms being funneled from Turkey to the CIA annex in Libya, but said his source is classified.