Sen. Ron Johnson: Is Hillary Acknowledging 'Her Dereliction of Duty?'

Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 04:35 PM

By Courtney Coren

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in an interview with ABC News that she takes "responsibility" for the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, but Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin wants to know what "specifically" she's taking responsibility for? 

"The fact that by law she was the only one that could've waived the security standards from Benghazi?" Johnson said on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV Thursday in an interview with J.D. Hayworth. 

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"The fact that her State Department not only didn't provide the security that was requested, the increased security?" he asked. 

"They actually ramped down security and as a result four Americans died," he added.

"Is she taking responsibility for her dereliction of duty?" the Wisconsin senator asked.

Johnson contends that Clinton is "being totally disingenuous" when "she says we need a lot of answers" on Benghazi because "she can provide an awful lot of those answers."

"What did she do during that evening, during those attacks? What did she talk to President [Barack] Obama about at 10 o'clock at night when the two of those had a conversation?" he asked.

"Then at 10:08, the State Department put out a press release — that was the first indication that they were going to start blaming the inflammatory material on the internet in other words, the video," Johnson explained.

"Were they just hatching their cover up scheme in that 10 o'clock call or were they actually concerned about the people on the ground in Benghazi?" the Wisconsin Republican said.

"I don't know, we've got a lot of questions for Secretary Clinton," he added. "She should be answering those questions, and she's not."

Johnson was questioning Clinton in January 2013 during her testimony before the Senate prior to leaving her post as Secretary of State, when made she made the infamous remarks about the cause of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and she said, "What difference, at this point, does it make?"

The Wisconsin Republican said that it is unlikely that the Senate will subpoena Clinton to talk about Benghazi further because "the Democrats are in control," and they don't have "a whole lot of curiosity" concerning "the truth of what happened in Benghazi."

Johnson said that "the only committee showing an interest in this, of course, is on the House side," where a select committee has been formed to investigate the attack.

However, he added that if Republicans win "the majority in the Senate" then "we'll start holding hearings" and he "will absolutely subpoena Hillary Clinton."

"The American people, particularly the survivors of those four dead Americans, deserve the truth, finally."

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