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Sen. Chambliss: Only Entity That Reviewed CIA Talking Points and Did Not Testify Was the White House

Today on Fox News Sunday, Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) expressed concern over the Obama administration’s response to the attack in Benghazi, Libya. With the Libya hearings underway, they both believe that the bigger issue is why the American personnel were not better protected.

Sen. Chambliss told Chris Wallace, “We’ve got to get some State Department officials in to really explain why you send an ambassador basically unguarded with a few Libyan guards.”

Sen. Lieberman added, “In my opinion it was irresponsible to have our State Department personnel there with only three security guards.” He went on to say that, “Either we should’ve given them the protection they deserved, or we should’ve closed that mission in Benghazi as the British government had done a short while before.”


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Leaders from the State Department, FBI, CIA, including former CIA Director David Petraeus, testified on Thursday and Friday. Regarding the allegations that the original CIA talking points had been changed so that terrorist involvement was not included, Sen. Chambliss said, “Everybody there was asked do you know who made these changes; and nobody knew. The only entity that reviewed the talking points that was not there was the White House.”

Sen. Chambliss also commented that he has seen nothing to indicate that Petraeus’ extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, had an impact on decisions he has made relative to Benghazi or his testimony on Friday. Sen. Lieberman believes that the White House should have been told sooner about the FBI investigation that revealed the affair because it involved two of the highest ranking generals.


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