On the Sunday, May 18, 2014 edition of CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), discussed her thoughts on the new Select Committee set up by the U.S. House of Representatives to investigate the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya in 2012, steps being taken to reform the NSA's surveillance programs, and her committee's relationship with the CIA.
In response to Crowley's question about her response to the formation of a Select Committee to investigate Benghazi, Feinstein said she felt that the questions regarding what happened have been answered, specifically, Feinstein said: "...our report was bipartisan. And [questions] were certainly answered to the satisfaction of the Intelligence Committee".
The full transcript of this interview is available after the jump: FULL POST
More than ten months have passed since the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya was attacked, leaving four Americans dead including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens. In "Return to Benghazi" CNN's senior international correspondent Arwa Damon – who reported from Benghazi soon after the attack last September – goes back to see where the investigation stands.
WATCH Damon visits the bombed-out U.S. consulate
WATCH Damon speaks to a man who witnessed aftermath of attack
WATCH Damon explores Benghazi's attempts to keep terrorists out
"Return to Benghazi" premieres Friday, July 19 at 1130ET on CNN International. The half-hour special replays Saturday, July 20 at 0900ET and 1630ET, and Sunday, July 21 at 0530ET and 2330ET.
Anchor and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper talks with lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer on his first day at CNN about Secy. Clinton's Benghazi hearing on Wednesday.
Tapper to Blitzer on Secy. Clinton's hearing, "My sources tell me that there actually are a few new emails and cables, including some from November 2011 when the late U.S. ambassador, Chris Stevens, was exploring the idea of moving the compound in Benghazi to a different location, adjacent the CIA annex, which would have been safer and more secure. But ultimately that plan was scotched. So, yes, some new information will come out tomorrow, I think."
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Last might, Sen. John McCain responds to Hillary Clinton telling reporters that an accountability review board will look at all aspects of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. She made a point of saying that they won't be "cherry-picking” stories and documents about the incident. Clinton was referring to e-mails sent on the day of the assault to the White House, State Department and FBI identifying an Islamist group as taking credit, which they later denied.
"I'm all for a thorough and complete investigation, but certain facts are known and there continues to be contradictions within the government. And we now find out, we members of Congress, rather than being briefed, we find out from the news media," said McCain. He told Anderson he doesn't expect that the results of the review board will be made public until after the November 6 election
Today on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee Rep. Peter King (R- NY) called for the resignation of The United States ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice. FULL POST
Exclusive reporting on 360 last night: Sources telling us the crime scene in Benghazi, Libya where four Americans were killed is still not secure and not one FBI agent has been allowed on the site. CNN National Security Contributor Fran Townsend had the breaking details.
Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) and CNN’s Elise Labott discuss President Obama’s foreign policy record.
Barrasso says, “[President Obama] says Osama bin Laden is dead and al-Qaeda is on the run. Al-Qaeda’s not on the run. What we’ve seen is al-Qaeda targeted and assassinated our ambassador in Libya. That’s the case. And then he called that a bump in the road. These are four dead American bodies who are in the road. So, I think he is absolutely wrong there. When he talks about pulling out of Iraq. What we now know is that his military advisors said leave people in Iraq, 15,000. He wasn’t able to accomplish that. So right now Iran is flying supplies to Syria over Iraqi airspace. It shouldn’t be happening, but it’s being done to supply the Syrians who are massacring their people. This president has failed on foreign policy.”
He adds, “The reset button on Russia has failed, we are still being held hostage by that. We know that China is funneling money to Iran in spite of all the sanctions we have. And I think the President, additionally, with regard to Israel needs to say exactly where the red line is, where the deadline is. And what it really means so people in Israel and the United States and Iran know when the President says ‘we have your back,’ what specifically does that mean.”
LaBott says, “I think on the issue of Iran, I mean, what US officials tell me is why should we spell out exactly what Iran needs to do. Want to keep Iran kind of guessing a little bit. Certainly, it’s coming to crunch time. I think it’s not so important necessarily that the President spells out to the general pubic and to the Iranians what he needs to do. He needs to spell out privately to Prime Minister Netanyahu, ‘this is where I’m prepared.’”
“Thirteen meetings with foreign leaders last year, none this year,” Barrasso says. “But time for ‘The View.’ I think that it misses the mark in terms of where the United States ought to be in foreign policy.”
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CNN senior international correspondent Arwa Damon sat down with new Libyan Prime Minister Mustafa Abushagur to discuss what Libya is doing following last week's attack on the U.S. Consulate.
On bringing perpetrators to justice:
"So far we have detained about 8 people who have been part of the attack that night. We have identified some of the leaders, and right now we're pursuing."
On perpetrators potential ties with terrorist groups:
"We believe most of them are from a splinter group – far extremists of their own."
On possible U.S. military strike in Libya:
"We are against any efforts taken by any foreign country in Libya...and we are prepared to handle the situation. I think we might need help in the investigation itself, but clearly for having a strike in Libya that would really throw this country in chaos."
On last night's OutFront, CNN's Arwa Damon gives her latest report on the ongoing investigation into the horrific attack in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed.
On Tuesday's Newsroom International, CNN's senior international correspondent Arwa Damon reports live from Benghazi, Libya on the new video that shows the final hours of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. Damon speaks to a number of eyewitnesses to last week's attack on the U.S. consulate including Fahed al-Bakush, who recorded the video on his cell phone.
"I was filming the video and I thought it was an American," says al-Bakush. "But I thought it was a driver or a security guy. I never thought it was the ambassador."
Damon also sits down with the Libyan doctor who treated Stevens, Dr. Zaid Abu Zeid, who says he arrived with "no pulse and no breathing."