Fox News: Corker calls Obama administration's Libya response 'bizarre,' joins fellow Republicans in wanting answers

Sep 30, 2012

Sen. Bob Corker has joined fellow congressional Republicans in calling for more and complete answers about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya -- where four Americans were killed – calling the administration’s response so far “bizarre.”

Corker, R-Tenn., sent a letter this weekend to National Intelligence Director James R. Clapper Jr., who last week took responsibility for the administration originally calling the Sept. 11 strike in Benghazi, Libya, a “spontaneous” response to an anti-Islamic movie trailer and not a pre-planned or terrorist attack.  

“It seems that with each passing day, the situation surrounding the administration’s response to the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya becomes more bizarre. The United States Congress and the American people are still waiting to get straight answers,” Corker wrote in the letter dated Sept. 29.

Clapper on Friday called the strike a “deliberate and carefully planned terrorist attack.”

The administration’s responses on Sept. 16 came from U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, whom the administration has repeatedly said gave answers based on the best information available.

Still, Rep. Peter King, the New York Republican who heads the House Homeland Security Committee, on Friday called for Rice to resign over her "misleading" statements.

Corker also joins in the growing concern about whether the consulate, as well as U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and the three other Americans killed, had adequate security and why FBI investigators have yet to reach the crime scene.

“Yet just 18 days ago the administration apparently judged that it was appropriate for our consulate to be lightly guarded and it was safe for our ambassador to come through the city with a small security detail,” Corker wrote. “What has changed in Libya in such a short time that even FBI agents, our most elite investigative personnel, cannot safely enter the city? What has led to such a precipitous decline?”

Republican Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham  (S.C.), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), and Ron Johnson (Wis.), also sent letters last week demanding more detailed answers, including one to Rice seeking clarification on her statements.


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