Sen. Rand Paul suspects the U.S. was secretly running guns through the consulate in Benghazi to arm Syrian rebels. The Kentucky Republican said the Obama administration must provide answers about whether firearms trafficking through Libya was related to the terrorist attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.
“We need to ask a lot of people in the administration, including Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton and others: ‘Were we shipping arms to Turkey? And, was that why the ambassador was there in Benghazi? And why the CIA annex was there?’” Mr. Paul said Sunday in an interview with Shannon Bream of Fox News.
President Obama recently named Mrs. Rice as his new National Security Adviser.
When asked what what answers he would get from officials such as Mrs. Rice, Mr. Paul said the likely response will be that the information is classified.
He added that, “I had a conversation with another congressman today who said that he asked someone within the leadership of Congress whether or not arms were being exchanged in Benghazi, and the response he got was, ‘That was classified.’ ” Mr. Paul concluded that, “When someone tells me that — that’s not a denial — that’s saying that ‘I’m not going to talk about that.’ To me, that almost sounds like yes.” The State Department did not respond to request for comment.
When Mrs. Clinton testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Mr. Paul asked her directly about gunrunning — via Turkey — to arm Syrian rebels.
“When I asked Hillary Clinton that question in the committee hearing, she never said, ‘No we weren’t involved with…