The United States had several teams and potential rescuers ready to act during the 2012 Benghazi attacks — but they were stopped from acting, possibly by the White House, Emmy Award-winning journalist Sharyl Attkisson told Newsmax TV
"This is something that the president and the White House has steadfastly denied," Attkisson told "The Steve Malzberg Show" in an interview.
Attkisson has a segment on the assaults — which killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and four other Americans, including two former Navy SEALs — on this week's edition of her syndicated news-magazine show, "Full Measure With Sharyl Attkisson."
"But there's now what I would call an overwhelming body of evidence that leads us to believe that somebody stopped a number of teams and potential rescuers from entering Libya or going to Benghazi to help while those attacks were underway," she said. "They could have gotten there."
"They could have gotten there before the last two Americans died," Attkisson added. "Those attacks went on for eight hours."
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Another segment details the tense standoff between Senate Republicans and President Barack Obama over the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Attkisson interviewed South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, for the report.
"Lindsey Graham says the president is delusional if he thinks this is the time to shut down Guantanamo Bay," she told Malzberg. "But it's a matter of authority — and Congress has tried to restrict the president's authority to bring prisoners here and to do other things.
"The president has made it clear that he will go outside Congress' authority and sometimes even outside the law to accomplish what he wants to accomplish," Attkisson said. "It's an interesting showdown."
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