Bill O’Reilly blasted the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah) for failing to subpoena former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta over Benghazi Thursday on The O’Reilly Factor.
O’Reilly expressed his frustration that Panetta has yet to be subpoenaed considering he was informed the night of Benghazi that the assault was in fact a terrorist attack. President Obama was careful to avoid the exact verbiage of what Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told him the night of September 11, 2012 in his Super Bowl interview with Bill O’Reilly.
The Fox News host said Chaffetz and the House OGR need to get their “butts in gear” and subpoena Panetta to find out what exactly transpired between the former defense secretary and President Obama the night of the Benghazi attack:
BIll O’REILLY: This is the story. This is it. Panetta is it. And nobody has asked him under oath if he told his boss, the president, the commander in chief, that it was a terror attack. If Panetta says that, all hell breaks loose. And you guys haven’t done it. So, it’s a cheap shotting Obama, all right, to complain about him when you guys haven’t brought in the guy that could break the story wide open. And I tried to get it from President Obama but he wouldn’t answer it. So now I’m asking you, Congressman, to get your butt in gear and get your committee to get Panetta in there. Is that unreasonable?
JASON CHAFFETZ: No, it’s not unreasonable at all. What we did in the Armed Services group brought in General Ham. That’s where these quotes came out.
O’REILLY: That’s right.
CHAFFETZ: Just two weeks ago.
O’REILLY: But you didn’t follow up to the big guy.
CHAFFETZ: I know. That was a couple weeks ago. This investigation is not done. To me it feels like halftime because this administration has been stonewalling us for a long time we have got to hear from for instance I want the public. This is amazing to me. The public has never heard from anybody who was on the ground that night in Benghazi and that is so wrong.
O’REILLY: That doesn’t matter.
CHAFFETZ: It does matter Bill.
O’REILLY: It doesn’t matter because the story is whether the President of the United States, all right, went along with his re-election committee and falsely put out a narrative to protect his re-election chances. That’s the story. And Panetta is the guy.