Is there more to come on Benghazi?

Liz Cheney on Amb. Susan Rice,  consulate attack


This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," November 27, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

SEAN HANNITY, HOST: Earlier today, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice met with three Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill in an attempt to try and explain away why she went on all five Sunday shows just days after the Benghazi terror attack and tried to blame the violence on a YouTube video. But after today's closed-door meeting, all three senators said they are more disturbed than they were before. Watch this.


SEN. JOHN MCCAIN, R-ARIZ.: We are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got, and some that we didn't get.

SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM, R-S.C.: Bottom line, I'm more disturbed now than I was before, that the 16 September explanation about how four Americans died in Benghazi, Libya, by Ambassador Rice, I think does not do justice to the reality at the time.

SEN. KELLY AYOTTE, R-N.H.: I'm more troubled today, knowing, having met with the acting director of the CIA, and Ambassador Rice.


HANNITY: Joining me now with reaction, Fox News contributor Liz Cheney. That's pretty disturbing, considering --



CHENEY: No, I mean, you know, I think that these senators made a very good faith effort. Ambassador Rice asked for the meeting. But the notion that they came out of the session more disturbed than when they went in, is really troubling. And this latest shift, you know, this just happened in the last few hours, where apparently the acting director of the CIA told the senators that it was the FBI that changed the talking points, that removed the reference to Al Qaeda, and he had a reason for it in the meeting. He said that it was because they didn't want to hurt an ongoing criminal investigation. And now later today the CIA came out and said, well, he misspoke.

So it's now, you know, the fourth or fifth iteration of who changed the talking points, which isn't something that happens when you're actually telling the truth.

HANNITY: This is the problem Susan Rice has and the White House has, is if David Petraeus knew instantaneously, and Charlie Lamb says that the State Department was watching this in real time, and they were getting reports on the ground, and calls for help to the CIA annex, and all of this was -- and the Libyan president, all of these things happened within 24 hours, there is no justification at all to go blame a YouTube video. And if their explanation is, well, we didn't want to jump the gun, then they couldn't jump the gun on that excuse either. So that doesn't fly.

CHENEY: Right.

HANNITY: So, I'm not surprised by what they said after this meeting.

CHENEY: Well, it's clear they don't have an answer, because if they had an answer, then we would have heard it by now. You know, what we've heard are so many changes to the story. You know, and we haven't heard from the president. And we haven't heard from the secretary of state. You know, we had the White House spokesman today say with great disdain, I think, for the American people, say that this is an obsession that we have wanting to know what happened. You know, four Americans were left to die. And the President of the United States has not come out and said, here's what happened, here's why I made the decisions I made.

And where in the world is Secretary Clinton? I mean, you know, it seems to me that these senators, not only should they not confirm Ambassador Rice under any circumstances, but I think they ought to say we won't confirm anyone until Secretary Clinton gets up here, under oath, and gives a full and complete testimony about what she knew and when she knew it, what she did.

HANNITY: Yes. Let me move on to Egypt, and the consolidation now in power, a power grab, and basically the emergence of tyranny if you ask me as it relates to President Morsi. What's more disturbing I think in many ways that Hamas got credibility, they didn't deserve as a result of all of this, and I believe Morsi was elevated by the White House and by Secretary Clinton, and I think the end result is that the only reason there's a cease-fire is because their missiles weren't effective, because the Israelis were able to prevent them. And I am afraid they'll go back to their drawing board and get bigger missiles that are more effective. What do you think?

CHENEY: Yes. You're right. I think that if you look at the wording of the cease-fire, it's you know, pretty ridiculous. You've got now the Muslim Brotherhood president in Egypt as the arbiter of any disagreements between the Israelis and Hamas. Don't forget the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas are the same organization. You know?

And secondly, you have an administration, we've got now, at least 250,000 people in the streets of Cairo, saying we do not support this power grab. You've got the Muslim Brotherhood president who clearly does not believe in or support anything that has to do with American interests. And the White House is essentially been silent on it. You know, it really reminds me of their silence back in June of 2009 when the Iranian people were in the streets, and they didn't want to offend the mullahs.

HANNITY: You want to know why I think it's worse?


HANNITY: We're giving them money.

CHENEY: Well, absolutely. And we shouldn't be. You know, I think that we need -- the military assistance is important. I think that the Egyptian military may well be sort of the last vestige of any kind of secular rule there. Our economic assistance in my view ought to be put on hold and the certainly the loan forgiveness ought to be canceled. But there's no reason that we can justify, continuing to support a government that's working at odds, against so actively American interests.

HANNITY: All right. Liz Cheney, always good to see you. Thanks for being with us.

CHENEY: Thanks, Sean. You too.

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