Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday told Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) that he was “getting off track” when he suggested that Republicans were hypocrites for continuing to attack President Barack Obama’s administration over last year’s attacks in Benghazi after pressuring the State Department to cut funding for security personnel by voting to cut embassy funding.
During a discussion to promote upcoming testimony by whistleblowers who Republicans say will tell the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that the Obama administration intimidated them into not speaking out about the attacks in Benghazi, Lynch pointed out that Fox News had not made Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) answer for his vote to cut security funding.
“We’re talking about — including my colleague, Mr. Chaffetz — when Secretary [Hillary] Clinton and the State Department asked for additional funding for embassy security, they all voted no,” Lynch said.
“No, no, no,” Chaffetz grumbled.
“We’re getting a little bit off the track,” Wallace interrupted.
“They’ve already admitted this on CNN,” Lynch added.
“I understand there’s an issue about security, it’s a little bit off the track,” Wallace insisted. “I want to try to stay on course here.”
“No, this is the point!” Lynch pressed. “They’re complaining about a lack of security at the embassies after they voted against funding for security at the embassies. That’s what they’re complaining about… Is that not related?”
“The chief financial officer for the State Department sent in an email that finances had nothing to do with the decisions about funding at the facility,” Chaffetz replied. “This is a facade, it’s a distraction. There are four people dead here, Chris.”
“And I want to talk about… Let’s talk about beforehand,” Wallace said, changing the subject. “Two weeks ago, the Republican chairs of five House committees — and I will agree with Congressman Lynch here, it was just the Republicans, not the Democrats — issued an interim report on Benghazi in which they charged that then-Secretary of State Clinton misled Congress when she said she had never seen any request for more security.”
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