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November 15th, 2012
12:10 PM ET

Rep. Ruppersberger weighs in on Susan Rice criticism, Petraeus scandal

The House Intelligence Committee is holding a hearing on the September 11th attacks on the Libyan consulate in Benghazi this morning and hoping to get some long-awaited answers to various questions surrounding the intelligence the U.S. received in the days that followed.

Maryland Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger is the ranking Democrat on the House Committee and he responds to the criticism of UN Ambassador Susan Rice's handling of information on the attack on Starting Point today.

"Whether or not she knew other information and whether or not she told the truth, that is not an issue here," Ruppersberger says."She received information from his administration and that's what she went forward with. That is one of the issues and one of the concerns we had because we, on the Intelligence Committee, received the same information initially. Since the interviews and the meetings we had yesterday, a lot of that is being cleared up."

Rep. Ruppersberger also weighs in on the Petraeus scandal and the criticism the FBI has received for not informing members of Congress about their investigation into the affair earlier.

"This started as a criminal investigation involving cyber harassment," Ruppersberger says. "And that's why, at that time, that the FBI would not come to us. The FBI does not come to the White House when there are criminal investigations. A lot of that is because of what happened under Nixon and Watergate and Hoover and all those issues. If, in fact, there's an intelligence issue, it would come before our committee."

 


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