Some Republicans have maintained that the administration has not been forthcoming in the circumstances surrounding the attack, pointing to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, who went on Sunday news shows and argued the attacks were a spontaneous reaction to an offensive video. The administration later admitted Rice’s claim was made with insufficient intelligence, and labeled the event an act of terror.
On Monday, House Republicans released portions of an interview with State Department whistle-blower Gregory Hicks, who took over as the top U.S. diplomat in Libya after Stevens was killed.
Hicks told investigators that U.S. forces were prepared to fly in to provide support to the besieged embassy, but were told to stand down. The claim contradicts previous testimony from Obama administration officials who said all available resources in the region were utilized during the attack.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking Demcrat on the oversight committee, accused Republicans of leaking “selective and distorted” portions of Hicks's testimony to “drum up hearing publicity.”
“The highest levels of people in the United States government all the way up to the president knew that what they did tell us was not true,” Huckabee continued. “And they continued to tell it throughout an election season and beyond, and they’ve tried to change the subject. And when the facts come out, they will not be able to stand. They will have lost the right to govern.”
No other Republicans have yet gone as far as Huckabee in claiming that there was a full-blown cover-up or that the president was involved.
White House spokesman Jay Carney on Monday defended the administration’s telling of the attacks, saying the State Department had conducted a “rigorous and unsparing” assessment of the events.
Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, said the only way Obama would not get impeached was if Democrats made gains in both chambers of Congress.
“If they’re able to get control of the House and maintain the Senate, this will not happen because they won’t let it happen,” he said. “And they won’t let it happen not because they’re protecting just the president, they’re trying to protect their entire political party. If they try to protect the president and their party, and do so at the expense of the truth, their president and their party will go down. Now, here’s what I’m going to suggest will happen — as the information and facts begin to come out, it will become so obvious that there was a concerted and very, very deliberate attempt to mislead this country and its people, to lie to Congress, as well as to you.”