Wilson Statement After Secretary Clinton Testified on Benghazi Terrorist Attack

Jan 23, 2013
Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement after the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing where Secretary of State Clinton testified about the Benghazi terrorist attack:

Earlier today, Secretary Clinton testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee regarding the devastating terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other service personnel.  Although I am grateful for Secretary Clinton’s testimony and her service to our nation, unanswered questions and countless security concerns remain. 

“The American people still deserve answers to the legitimate questions surrounding this horrific act of terrorism that occurred at our Consulate on the eleventh anniversary of September 11th, 2001.  What prevented our military, the most capable and efficient in the world, from responding immediately or at any time during the seven-hour attack? Why has it taken so long to bring the terrorists who murdered our dedicated and selfless service personnel to justice? And more importantly, what can the government do to ensure that this kind of senseless attack will not occur again?

“With growing instability in the Middle East, Northern Africa, and around the world, one clear fact remains: The President’s foreign policies are failing and placing a very real danger on our national security.” 


Please find a transcript of Congressman Wilson’s first question below.  To view the video, click here.


Rep. Wilson: As we begin, it has been reported since you managed the response to the Benghazi attack, why weren't you the person to appear on the Sunday shows immediately following the attack?  Ambassador Susan Rice said that you declined. Is that correct?


Sec. Clinton: I have to confess here in public, going on the Sunday shows is not my favorite things to do. There are other things I prefer to do on Sunday mornings and I have not been on a Sunday show in way over a year. So it just isn't something that I normally jump to do. I did feel strongly that we had a lot that we had to manage that I had to respond to and I thought that should be my priority.


Rep. Wilson: And I believe that part of the priority is telling correct information and you could have done that. I think it’s just very unfortunate the multiple appearances by Ambassador Rice with information that has been discovered not to be correct.