Giuliani on Libya Attack: WH ‘Trying to Run Out the Clock … Cover Up This Scandal’ Past the Election
(CNSNews.com) – Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, said the Obama administration was “trying to run out the clock” on the investigation and disclosure about the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya until “after the election is over” in early November, adding that they are trying to “cover up this scandal as much as possible.”
On Sept. 11, more than 30 days ago, the U.S. consulate was attacked and the ambassador, Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans were killed; the consulate was set on fire and the facility burned.
On CNN’s “Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien” today, Giuliani was asked about Republican criticism of the vice presidential debate and went on to comment about the Libya attack, saying, “Oh, there’s plenty to criticize. I mean, the cover-up of Benghazi, I mean is startling.”
Giuliani noted that the record shows that the U.S. consulate was concerned about security prior to the attack and had requested more protection. “I mean, they were demanding more security, they were begging for more security,” said Giuliani. “[Ambassador] Susan Rice goes on television four days later [on Sept. 15] – I was on CNN with her that morning – says, ‘It was a spontaneous demonstration.’ I knew it wasn’t. They were saying it wasn’t, the National Security Adviser said it was a terrorist plot.”
“Who put Susan Rice on [television]?” said Giuliani. “The State Department? Or the political people? It was a political appearance on CNN. So what they’re really trying to do here is they’re trying to run out the clock. They’re going to have this investigation; the investigation will be after the debate, after the election is over. So what they’re trying to do is cover up this scandal as much as possible.”
After the Sept. 11 attack, Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., went on several news programs and claimed that the attack on the consulate in Benghazi was a “spontaneous” event, sparked by protests in Cairo, Egypt and elsewhere supposedly over a shoddy video that insulted Islam and Mohammed. That claim was echoed by other administration officials, including White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and President Barack Obama.
On ABC’s “This Week” on Sept. 16, Amb. Rice said, “Our current best assessment, based on the information that we have at present, is that, in fact, what this began as, it was a spontaneous – not a premeditated – response to what had transpired in Cairo.”
That same day, Amb. Rice told NBC’s “Meet the Press,” “Our current assessment is what happened in Benghazi was in fact initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in Cairo, almost a copycat of the demonstrations against our facility in Cairo, prompted by the video.”
On Sept. 13, when asked at the White House about the attack in Libya, Press Secretary Jay Carney said, “The protests we're seeing around the region are in reaction to this movie. They are not directly in reaction to any policy of the United States or the government of the United States or the people of the United States.”
That same day, Sept. 13, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said, "Well, as we said yesterday when we were on background, we are very cautious about drawing any conclusions with regard to who the perpetrators were, what their motivations were, whether it was premeditated, whether they had any external contacts, whether there was any link, until we have a chance to investigate along with the Libyans. So I know that's going to be frustrating for you, but we really want to make sure that we do this right and we don't jump to conclusions. That said, obviously, there are plenty of people around the region citing this disgusting video as something that has been motivating."
On Sept. 19, Carney said, "Our belief based on the information we have is it was the video that caused the unrest in Cairo, and the video and the unrest in Cairo that helped -- that precipitated some of the unrest in Benghazi and elsewhere. What other factors were involved is a matter of investigation."
On Sept. 20, President Obama was at a town hall discussion broadcast by the Spanish-language station Univision. When asked whether al Qaeda possibly was involved in the Benghazi attack, Obama said, "What we do know is that the natural protests that arose because of the outrage over the video were used as an excuse by extremists to see if they can also directly harm U.S. interests.”
The next day, Sept. 21, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, “What happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack, and we will not rest until we have tracked down and brought to justice the terrorists who murdered four Americans."
On Sept. 25, on ABC’s “The View,” Obama was again asked about the attack against the consulate and he said, “We're still doing an investigation. There's no doubt that [with] the kind of weapons that were used, the ongoing assault, that it wasn't just a mob action. We don't have all the information yet, so we're still gathering it. But what's clear is that around the world there's still a lot of threats out there.”