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January 22, 2013

US gift of F-16 fighter jets headed to Egypt

Guests: Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wy.; Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.

This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," January 22, 2013. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

SEAN HANNITY, HOST: Now, there's disturbing news out of Washington tonight. Foxnews.com has confirmed that four F-16 fighter jets have left American soil and are en route to Egypt as part of a foreign aid package.

Now, this is just the tip of the iceberg. By the end of the year, the U.S. will have provided Egypt 16 fighters jets and 200 tanks. Now this is all part of the deal that was made back in 2010 when Hosni Mubarak was still the president of Egypt. But shouldn't someone in the Obama administration that thought to maybe rescind this gift after Egypt's current President Mohammed Morsi has come out and made such comments like this?

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

MOHAMMED MORSI, EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT: (SPEAKING ARABIC) This (Palestinian) Authority was created by the Zionist and American enemies for the sole purpose of opposing the will of the Palestinian people and its interests.

Either (you accept) the Zoinists and everything they want, or else it is war. This is what these occupiers of the land of Palestine know -- these blood-suckers, who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs.

There should be military resistance within the land of Palestine against those criminal Zionists, who attack Palestine and the Palestinians.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

HANNITY: All right. Should we really be arming this guy with fighter jets and American tanks?

Now, I wonder if any this have is going to come up tomorrow when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton heads up to Capitol Hill to testify for the lawmakers about her role in the Benghazi terror attacks that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans back in September.

Joining me now, two of the lawmakers who will be able to ask Secretary Clinton tough questions that need to be asked, Senator John Barrasso and Ron Johnson. Senators, welcome back to the program.

SEN. JOHN BARRASSO, R-WY.: Thank you.

SEN. RON JOHNSON, R-WIS.: Hello, Sean.

HANNITY: All right. This is 2010, Senator Barrasso, this is Mohammed Morsi, this is the guy that's saying things like let's see, America is enemies, the Israelis are blood suckers, war mongers, descendents of apes and pigs. He said that about two years ago. And now we're going to give him F-16 fighter jets and we're going to give him tanks on top of the $1.5 billion we're giving the former head of the Muslim Brotherhood? Help me out, Senator, that sounds really dumb.

BARRASSO: I just returned from Israel and from Afghanistan, John McCain and Kelly Ayotte and some other senators have just returned from visiting in Egypt with Morsi to discuss these very issues. The people of Egypt and Morsi in particular know that continuing a relationship with Israel is key to U.S. foreign aid, that there needs to be a strong military commitment in Israel specifically to protect the Sinai because we know that weapons are being shipped up through the Sinai to Gaza to Hamas.

So, this is, as you say, a continuation of a previous agreement, it is going to continue and even the people of Israel agree it's important to make sure that the Egyptian military is strong, but Egypt needs to continue its commitment to the Camp David accord.

HANNITY: But Senator Johnson, the Egyptian military now, some of the key leaders that we thought were more moderate, they're gone. Morsi has gotten rid of them, now we're going to give them F-16 fighter jets and tanks. I've got to be honest, sometimes I got to wonder, this guy was a former terrorist in the Muslim Brotherhood. Help me out, how does this-- how does this strategically work for Israel and us?

JOHNSON: Well, Sean, it is somewhat concerning. And, you know, what's really kind of interesting is this same administration denies those same types of jet fighters to a good ally like Taiwan. And so now, I think we have to monitor the situation very carefully. I agree with Senator Barrasso though, I think it is critical that we maintained good relationship with Egypt. It's an incredibly important country, the largest Arab nation in the world, and it is going to be vital that Egypt and Israel maintain a good working relationship. So these are tough issues, but yes, I'm a little concerned about that.

HANNITY: Help me out, either one of you, just jump in and tell me where I'm wrong. This guy headed up the Muslim Brotherhood, a terrorist organization. He's trying to implement Sharia law. We now are giving him $1.5 billion taxpayer dollars. He refers to our closest allies as apes and pigs, and America as the enemy. Why do I think we're being played for suckers here?

BARRASSO: Well, Sean, the most important thing, I mean, tomorrow, Hillary Clinton, secretary of state will be testifying. The following day John Kerry, who has been nominated as the new secretary of state will be coming in to testify. And I think those questions that you raised are very important for Secretary of State designee Kerry. What we needed to -- with Secretary of State Clinton is to specifically focus on the attacks in Benghazi, what she knew, when she knew it, what happened before leading up to where the security was withdrawn, what happened during the attacks, what happened after and how we're going to find justice, because there is still no justice.

HANNITY: Well, and now she's had four months to prepare, Senator, and I assume she's dotted every I and crossed every T, Senator Johnson, and you know, this was the secretary of state that was blaming a YouTube video that we now know had zero impact on this. And we do know the ambassador requested extra security that was denied. I don't know what possible answer could she give on this?

JOHNSON: Well, it will be interesting, and you're right, Sean. I mean, she has had time to prepare, but she has an awful lot to answer for. I mean, why were all of those warnings ignored, you know, prior to the attack? You know, what was she doing during the attack and what about afterwards?

Who is being held to account for the purposeful misleading of Ambassador Rice, and just in terms of the State Department as well, we heard that four people supposedly resigned or were asked to leave and none of those people left the department at all.

So, you know, there are an awful lot of questions she's going to have to answer and we're very grateful that she's coming up to the Hill tomorrow to answer those questions.

HANNITY: All right, we'll have hopefully you guys back tomorrow and we will get a report on the hearings, and of course, we'll be covering them live on the Fox News Channel. Senators, thank you both for being with us.

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