Kerry Calls GOP Senator Out For Missing Benghazi Briefing (VIDEO)

At his secretary of state confirmation hearing Thursday, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) called out Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) for missing a classified briefing on the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

Johnson pressed Kerry to commit to finding out what, exactly, happened on Sept. 11, 2012 at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. 

“Well, there was a briefing with tapes, which we all saw, those of us who went to it, which made it crystal clear,” Kerry said. “We sat for several hours with our intel folks, who described to us precisely what we were seeing. We saw the events unfold. We had a very complete and detailed description.”

Johnson on Wednesday got into a heated exchange with outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the details of the attacks. Clinton asked Johnson what difference it makes, at this point, whether the attacks came out of a spontaneous protest or were organized. Johnson asked Kerry for his opinion on the matter.

“Senator, if you’re trying to get some daylight between me and Secretary Clinton, that’s not going to happen here today on that score,” Kerry said. “I think you’re talking past each other. I don’t think that was the question. I think that, if your question is, ‘Should the American people get the truth and does it matter?’ Hillary Clinton would say yes, and I say yes. But that’s not what I think she was referring to.” Clinton was referring to the sequence and timing of the events, and when the intelligence information came to light, Kerry said. 



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