Members of the Benghazi annex security team challenged two congressmen to a debate on “Hannity” Thursday night after the Democrat lawmakers suggested that they’re continuing to perpetuate the “myth” of a stand down order.
The members of the security annex team, Mark Geist, John Tiegen and Kris Paronto came out earlier this month, telling Fox News that they were told, in fact, to stand down the night the U.S. consulate was attacked.
But at a recent news conference, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) suggested they were only saying these things to promote their new book, “13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi,” Fox News Insider reported.
After the accusations, Paronto and Geist challenged Schiff to a debate on “Hannity.” Schiff declined, but Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) accepted the challenge.
Smith said he doesn’t doubt that the men’s immediate superiors told them to stand down, but he rejects the idea that the order came from the White House.
“I don’t know how else to explain it. I want to say to Mr. Smith: was he there that night with us? Where was he? Because that’s what happened. We’re telling you what happened on the ground,” said Paronto.
Visibly irritated, Paronto defended the truth of the book and questioned why the liberal house members would call them liars.
“The book is correct. Everything in the book is right. Don’t call us liars and if you’re going to, come to the studio with us, apologize for it,” said Paronto.
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