All-Star Panel: FBI posts pictures of Benghazi suspects

'Special Report' All-Star panel weighs in


This is a rush transcript from "Special Report," May 1, 2013. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.


JAY CARNEY, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: Benghazi happened a long time ago. We are unaware of any agency blocking an employee who would like to appear before Congress to provide information related to Benghazi.  Anybody who wants to be heard by Congress is welcome to be heard by Congress in our view.

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN, R - AZ: We have been asking for months, and they talk about the documents they sent over and all that. Why not just send over the names so that these individuals we could have the Congress of the United States interview. And it's still – now it's all these months later and we don't have this information. It is a compelling argument for a select committee to investigate this whole tragedy that took place which we still don't have answers for.


BRET BAIER, ANCHOR: White House press secretary saying Benghazi happened a long time ago. It happened eight months ago. Today, the FBI on its website put up a picture of three men that the FBI says it's asking Libyans and people around the world to help identify. Three individuals who were on the grounds of the U.S. special mission when it was attacked, quote, "These individuals may be able to provide information to help the investigation" according to the FBI. These are the three pictures that they have put up -- they are seeking information seeking these men related to the attacks -- resulting in the four deaths, including the death of the U.S. ambassador. We are back with the panel.  Charles?

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST: Benghazi happened a lot time ago. That's the definition of chutzpah. This administration has stonewalled every inquiry and delayed its answers and not released names and told all kinds of stories, is now saying, well, it is an old story. I have argued from the beginning the administration strategy has always been string it out over time and count on the media – the mainstream media being uninterested in the story, and that has worked up until now. It echoes what Hillary Clinton said at her hearings. What difference does it make at this point? Well, because if you wait that long, the evidence will fade.

But I think they're not going to get away with it. Because I think the fact that there are people in the State Department who want to testify and now that it's out in the open, they are -- at least the accusation is that the administration is threatening them, I think, in cases like that they are going to be allowed to go out and testify. And, as we heard in the reports from Adam Housley, there is stuff that happened there that contradicts -- at least according to people who were there – that contradicts the official story, and that is when the story of the unraveling of this will begin.

BAIER: Juan?

JUAN WILLIAMS, SENIOR EDITOR, THE HILL: I just love challenging authority and I love challenging government and people in positions of power. The question is, what have you got, and what do you know? That is just basic journalism, and persistence in journalism pays off.

But at this point, when I look at what Victoria Toensing, who is a friend of mine, has, she's not naming her clients, she can't say if they were on the ground or there even in Benghazi. We haven't heard anything about any whistleblower request to Defense or State Department --


BAIER: There are two letters from Congressman Darrell Issa.

WILLIAMS: Now we're talking about something else. That's coming from the Hill.

BAIER: Sure, but Toensing said she was going through Issa with her initial request.

WILLIAMS: Well, we haven't heard anything from state or defense, that's all I'm saying to you.


WILLIAMS: Issa says, oh, I'm going to have this hearing. And we have seen Issa hearings before that didn't come to much.

Now, Frank Wolf says maybe we should have a select committee hearing on security lapses around Benghazi. Fine. But what you are hearing not only from Hillary Clinton, but from now the current Secretary of State John Kerry is that there has been this tremendous politicization and spread of misinformation. So the question is, is there something real here? And that's the question. It is OK to be persistent, but is there something there?

STEVE HAYES, SENIOR WRITER, THE WEEKLY STANDARD: There has been tremendous politicization of this from the beginning, and it happened at the White House. We know in detail the story about the talking points as laid out in the House report last week and as was evident to anyone who watched Susan Rice on those Sunday shows.

I think, to answer your questions directly, there is new information here. And that I think is one of the reasons that this will be -- is proving to be very difficult for the administration to ignore or to shove aside. We saw an administration that didn't even -- the FBI didn't show up in Benghazi until October 4, nearly a month later. We didn't have much urgency from the administration in investigating this, and even after the election in that time frame.

BAIER: Well, let me just interrupt you there. This week we had this Adam Housley piece – one of the pieces dealt with the hunt for the mastermind. He said, we know who it is, we know where they are, and they are walking free. Asked the FBI about it repeatedly this week. Now, we get these pictures today. Now this is eight months later. Those are cameras from surveillance cameras on the consulate grounds, eight months later. This is what the FBI said. "Was it a result of Fox News reporting? Absolutely not. Our plan to publicize these photos was in the works for weeks, and the decision to post these this morning was already made long before your producer found it necessary to even call us."


KRAUTHAMMER: Coincidence. It is remarkable the number of coincidences around these events.

HAYES: In the two hundred and some odd day since the attack, it is possible that this happened to be the one that this all came out, it happened to be the one that came out the day afterwards.


BAIER: Next week, the hearing, we'll see what comes of it. We'll cover it here Wednesday.

That's it for the panel, but stay tuned for some website reviews that you hopefully will not have to use.

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