President Donald J. Trump gave a statement from the White House Tuesday regarding the capture of Mustafa al-Imam, accused of leading the Sept. 11, 2011 attacks on American personnel and facilities in Benghazi, Libya
“Yesterday, on my orders, United States forces captured Mustafa al-Imam in Libya,” the president said.
Trump said that because of this operation, al-Imam would face justice for the deaths of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, State Department communications and IT specialist Sean Smith and Navy SEAL veterans Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods.
Stevens and Smith were killed in the first of four attacks that stretched out more than eight hours. Doherty, who traveled from Tripoli with an ad hoc relief team, was killed with Woods in the final attack when a single mortar struck their rooftop position.
During the attacks, not a single military personnel, nor asset was deployed to support or rescue the more than 20 U.S. diplomatic and intelligence staffers stationed at the Benghazi facilities, save for a single observer drone, which gave the White House and military command centers live-feeds of the attacks.
In the end, a militia affiliated with the regime of Muammar Gaddafi, whom President Barack Obama has toppled months before, came to the aid of the Americans and secured their passage from their fallback position at the second of two compounds to the airport.
While these attacks raged, there was at least one Navy ship off the coast of Libya with a Marine contingent that did not deploy. A Marine Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team at Rota, Spain boarded a plane, but the plane was never cleared to take off. In Croatia, 150 Special Forces soldiers, there for an annual training exercise, were readied to deploy for the four-hour flight to Benghazi, but military officials ordered the C-130 pilots to take their mandatory rest upon their landing in Croatia, thus the Green Berets stood down.
Trump said he had a special message for the families of the four men killed.
“To the families of these fallen heroes: I want you to know that your loved ones are not forgotten, and they will never be forgotten,” he said. “Our memory is deep and our reach is long, and we will not rest in our efforts to find and bring the perpetrators of the heinous attacks in Benghazi to justice.”
Trump also thanked the men and women from law enforcement, prosecutors, the intelligence community and military for efforts in gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and tracking down fugitives associated with the attack, capturing them, and delivering them to the United States for prosecution.
In a statement released Monday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the wounds of Benghazi are still healing.
“The Department of State family continues to mourn the loss of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, and Tyrone Woods, and we will spare no effort to ensure that justice is served for these dedicated Americans and public servants. I spoke with some of their family members to underscore the U.S. government’s unwavering support,” he said.
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Senator Rand Paul To Ask POTUS To Revoke John Brennan’s Security Clearance
In a set of tweets posted by Senator Rand Paul on Monday morning, the Kentucky Republican says he will be meeting with President Donald Trump to ask that CIA director John Brennan’s security clearance be revoked.
“Is John Brennan monetizing his security clearance? Is John Brennan making millions of dollars divulging secrets to the mainstream media with his attacks on @realDonaldTrump,” Paul tweeted Monday morning. “Today I will meet with the President and I will ask him to revoke John Brennan’s security clearance.”
This request by Senator Rand Paul comes on the heels of Tucker Carlson mentioning last week that Brennan still had a security clearance, despite no longer working for the federal government.
The Fox News host called Brennan an “out-of-the-closet extremist”, and further called for Brennan’s security clearance to be removed.
WATCH Sen. Rand Paul on the Tucker Carlson show here:
CIA directors typically hold on to their clearance for several years after they’ve left office, mainly so they are able to share insights with current directors.
Just last week Brennan used the words “nothing short of treasonous” to describe Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, and claimed that it showed President Trump was “wholly in the pocket of Putin.”
Brennan, who served under former President Barack Obama, has been accused of political bias by several House Republicans suggesting that his bias may have prevented him from being impartial in 2016. On Sunday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said the committee is planning on calling in Brennan to testify.
During an interview with Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures”, Goodlatte said, “We have lots of questions for John Brennan and he will definitely be sought by the committees for an interview. The chairman continued,”This is an extremely disturbing thing to see both he and (former FBI Director) James Comey, supposedly impartial government officials carrying out their jobs in very important areas in intelligence gathering and law enforcement, express the kind of extreme bias that they’ve shown now,” Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican, said on Fox News. “which I think reflects quite accurately what they were doing back in 2016.”
Senator Rand Paul just blocked a resolution last week from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) that would support the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment of Russian election interference, and that demanded the president speak with special counsel Robert Mueller, calling it “crazy hatred” and the resolution was just another sign of “Trump Derangement Syndrome”.
Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla) called ex-CIA chief Brennan a “disaster” while accusing him of being a member of the Communist Party during the Cold War. Brennan has admitted that he did indeed vote for the Communist Party’s presidential candidate in 1976, Gus Hall, claiming it was just his way of “signaling my unhappiness with the system, and the need for change.”
“John Brennan was a disaster as CIA director. He was a disaster as the counter-terrorism official. He was a member of the Communist Party during the Cold War,” DeSantis said on Fox News.
Should someone who has called the president “treasonous” have top secret clearance?
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