National Security

Kerry on Benghazi Investigation: ‘I Don’t Think Anybody Lied To Anybody’

DANA ROHRABACHER: I have one issue that's vitally important. I know you're new to the job. We wish you all the success. I do not believe that Secretary of State Hillary was honestly cooperative with this committee about Benghazi. And you take a look, we have made request after request about, for example, just to get the list of the names of the people who were evacuated from Benghazi, and we haven't even gotten that, much less some of the important questions. Now I know the State Department has flooded us with paper for some of the more insignificant things. Mr. Secretary, we think there was a cover-up of some kind of wrongdoing that led this administration to lie to the American people about the nature of the attack immediately after the attack and for a week after that attack. We need to have these questions answered. We need to talk to the people who are on the scene. Can you give us a commitment now that for this administration you will be coming up with the request, the honest request of this investigative request of this committee of who was not evacuated and we can talk to so we can get an understanding of what happened in Benghazi?

JOHN KERRY: Well, before I became Secretary, congressman, I believe I got the answers to who was evacuated and had a pretty good sense of what happened there. But now that I am the Secretary and am responsible to you and the Congress, I can promise you if you're not getting something that you have evidence of or you think you ought to be getting, we'll work with you. And I will appoint somebody to work directly with you starting tomorrow, with you, Mr. Chairman, to have a review of anything you don't think you've gotten that you're supposed to get. Let’s get this done with, folks.

ROHRABACHER: Thank you.

KERRY: Let's figure out what it is that's missing, if it's legitimate or if it isn't. I don't think anybody lied to anybody. And let's find out exactly together what happened, because we need — we got a lot more important things to move on to and get done.

ROHRABACHER: Thank you very much, Mr. Secretary.