Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey were subjected to intense questioning by Republican senators Thursday, chiefly by Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire.
A Department of Defense timeline released in November indicated that a half-hour after they are notified of the attack, “Secretary Panetta and General Dempsey attend a previously scheduled meeting with the President at the White House.” That would have been at 5 p.m.
The senators hammered Panetta and Dempsey the most about that meeting, specifically whether the president was told of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi (he was) and whether the president kept in touch to learn what progress was being made (he didn’t).
The following clip shows key testimony during the Senate hearing, as well as Graham’s appearance Thursday evening on the “Sean Hannity Show.” Clearly, Graham was still fired up.
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