The top U.S. intelligence authority issued an unusual public statement on Friday declaring it now believed the September 11 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, was a “deliberate and organized terrorist attack.”
Rep Peter King is calling for Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations to resign for her part she presented in lying to the American people on the attack in Benghazi, claiming it was spontaneous.
Mr King was quoted as saying:
“I believe that this was such a failure of foreign policy messaging and leadership, such a misstatement of facts as was known at the time … for her to go on all of those shows and in effect be our spokesman for the world and be misinforming the American people and our allies and countries around the world, to me, somebody has to pay the price for this,” said the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.
Rice has come under fire for downplaying the significance of the Sept. 11th attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, denying on ABC’s “This Week” that the attacks were premeditated.
That assertion was formally retracted Friday in a statement from the Director of National Intelligence.
Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) defended Rice late Friday in a statement, saying, “I’m deeply disturbed by efforts to find the politics instead of finding the facts in this debate… I’m particularly troubled by calls for Ambassador Rice’s resignation. She is a remarkable public servant for whom the liberation of the Libyan people has been a personal issue and public mission.”
“Susan Rice said something she should not have said,” the former spokesman for President George W. Bush said. “I don’t know if she was just being loose. I think the Obama administration has a history of underplaying threats to the United States, for example the underwear bomber, but I’m uncomfortable with this talk of resign because of what she said.”
Days after the attack, Rice was adamant that the attack, which left Ambassador Chris Stevens and the three other Americans dead, was a “spontaneous” reaction to the protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, which may have been sparked by the anti-Islamic film “Innocence of Muslims.”
Huckabee stood by his comments later Friday, telling listeners of his radio show that he gave a “very honest answer.” He also brought up Bill Clinton’s Monica Lewinsky scandal and his denial of the affair to Americans.
“Yes, those were serious breaches of trust, but it did not result in the deaths of anyone in either case,” Huckabee said.
Huckabee added, however, that he was “not suggesting” Obama be impeached. “What I am suggesting is the American people demand accountability,” he said.
And earlier Friday morning, Fox News host Geraldo Rivera stopped by “Fox & Friends” and called what happened in Libya and its aftermath “the one cancer on the presidency.” He dubbed the situation “Benghazi-gate” because “it contains the grim prospect that the administration knew or should have known the true nature.”
“It is the biggest foreign policy blunder — it is the only chink in the armor of the Obama administration. As they surge in these polls, this is the one cancer on the presidency,” Rivera said.
UPDATE (4:25 p.m.): Huckabee again doubled-down the Watergate comparison on Fox News’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto.”
“If Watergate was about a president lying and covering up, if Bill Clinton got impeached because he lie and covered up, if this president and his administration has lied and covered up, are we going to hold him accountable in the same way that we have others? It cost Nixon his job. It almost cost Clinton his White House. Are we going to re-elect a president who wasn’t being honest with us?” Huckabee said Friday.