Author Ed Klein joined Glenn on radio this morning to discuss the unfolding story of what really happened in Libya the night Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans were killed. Klein made some pretty shocking allegations about the White House response to the attacks, including that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered more security at the embassy only to have her request denied. He also said that her husband, Bill Clinton, encouraged her to resign rather than to take the full blame for the attacks on the embassy.
Transcript of interview is below:
Now the question is Hillary Clinton knew as well. The question that the press should be asking today is who gave the order to not go in and save these guys? Who made the decision, “Do not launch a plane, do not send a Marine?” Who made the decision “Let them die”? Hillary Clinton stepped up and she said she takes full responsibility. However, Ed Klein was on with Andrew Wilkow last night and he says that the Obama administration knew and Hillary requested extra security, she requested things, she was overridden, and Bill Clinton stepped in, and I’ll let him tell you the rest of the story. Ed is here. Ed Klein, welcome to the program, sir.
KLEIN: Again, how are you?
GLENN: I’m very good. I’m a little ‑‑ I’m nervous about this information because I don’t know your sources, and you’re the only one saying it. And this is quite a charge to make.
KLEIN: Well, I’ve been saying a lot of things that I’ve proved to be true including the fact that I put an op‑ed piece out on the Daily Caller not so long ago saying that all the traffic between Libya and the State Department was, in fact, being monitored by the National Security Council which monitors these kinds of traffic so that even before the attack, Glenn, before the attack, they knew in the National Security Council which, of course, is located in the West Wing of the White House ‑‑
KLEIN: ‑‑ that there was a severe security threat to this consulate, and Hillary, according to my sources ‑‑ and I’ve got very good sources on this, I give you my word.
GLENN: How many sources do you have?
KLEIN: I have two sources.
KLEIN: Two separate sources on this. And Hillary claims, and I tend to believe her, that she ordered beefed‑up security in Benghazi because it had been requested and that this order was never carried out and that furthermore when and if she is subpoenaed, along with her internal memoranda and the cable traffic from the State Department by the House committee, it will prove that she did just that.
Now, if it doesn’t prove that she did just that, then they’re lying to me, and the sources are ‑‑ you know, I’m not suggesting that that’s impossible, but I seriously doubt it since I’m talking to legal counsel to Hillary Clinton. Legal counsel. These people don’t generally lie.
PAT: Ed, if that happened, why did she then later accept full responsibility for what took place? Why would she do that?
KLEIN: This was a big debate within the Clinton camp itself, between Hillary and Bill. Bill did not want her to take full responsibility. He wanted her to, in fact, consider the possibility of even resigning if the White House continued to try to make her the scapegoat in this. Hillary and her legal team decided she should look presidential, above ‑‑ she should look moderate, she should come forward and say, “Look, I take responsibility. I’m the Secretary of State” and by comparison making the president look a hell of a lot smaller because he was ducking all responsibility and knowing full well that when the full story came out, she would be, in her words, or at least the words of her legal counsel, exonerated.
GLENN: Who ‑‑ do you have any idea, was ‑‑ when they were watching this video, do you know if she was watching the video as well?
KLEIN: No, I don’t. I don’t know that.
GLENN: Because we do ‑‑
KLEIN: I don’t speculate and I don’t know that.
GLENN: We do know that the live video was available to the State Department.
GLENN: It was live video. Somebody was watching.
KLEIN: This should come as no surprise to anybody who realizes what our intelligence capabilities are and that cable traffic between the State Department and its embassies and consulates when it’s regarding threats to the lives of our ambassadors and our State Department people, this is outline monitored in the National Security Council in the White House. This is not something new. This has been going on for probably 40, 50 years. And so to even begin to think that Tom Donilon, the National Security Council adviser, the national security adviser didn’t know and didn’t brief the president daily on the threat that was building in Benghazi and then after the ‑‑ during the actual battle didn’t actually brief the president? I mean, if not Tom Donilon should be fired along with the president.
GLENN: What do you expect to happen in this case? Because still, the press is treating this like an “also ran” story.
KLEIN: You’re right.
GLENN: Ed, do you know of a story? This ‑‑ I believe this is far bigger than Watergate
KLEIN: I think so, too.
GLENN: This is huge.
KLEIN: Because you’ve got dead people here.
KLEIN: Dead Americans.
GLENN: Yeah. And not only dead Americans. Nobody is asking the question, why was the ‑‑ why was Ambassador Stevens in this safe house, which was a CIA safe house, protected by Libyan guards? I mean, that’s crazy on September 11th.
KLEIN: Of course it is. Of course it is.
GLENN: And meeting with the general counsel of Turkey, which we are now finding out, we’re running guns through Turkey to Syria. This was a gun‑running scandal. This ‑‑ there is so much here.
KLEIN: I know.
GLENN: It is ‑‑
KLEIN: And we’ve got only, what, 13 days until the election?
GLENN: It’s terrifying. If this president can get away with this, this is truly terrifying.
KLEIN: Well, there’s going to be, if not ‑‑ I think, what is it, 11:00 this morning or is it ‑‑ I’m not quite sure of the time, a White House briefing by Jay Carney. I would hope that the mainstream media will drop its pro Obama leanings and really ask these questions that you’re asking. I mean, these are serious, serious questions and we need answers to these questions. I think the American people know this. I mean, we’re not a stupid people. We under ‑‑ I mean, I’m talking to Glenn Beck who understands this better than anybody. People understand that this is a coverup. It’s clear as a bell it’s a coverup. And this has got to affect the president’s chances for reelection. If it doesn’t, I don’t know what will.
GLENN: Nothing will.
KLEIN: That’s right.
GLENN: Honestly nothing will. Ed, thank you so much. I appreciate it.
KLEIN: Oh, Glenn, it’s always great to be with you. Thanks so much.
GLENN: Keep it up. Bye‑bye.
I don’t know. You know, his sources are his sources. They’re not our sources. And I can only claim our sources. He has been close to the Clintons. I mean, he’s just said it was legal counsel. I don’t know. But I ‑‑ that’s the one thing that has confused me on this is the Hillary Clinton part. Because Hillary Clinton is ‑‑ they’re political survivors. This is not something you survive. This is a scandal that quite honestly, if it goes where I think it goes, I ‑‑ this goes to drug‑running to our enemies. This involves the Muslim Brotherhood and Al‑Qaeda, and the Muslim Brotherhood knowingly hitting our guns and our stinger missiles. That’s ‑‑ we are aiding and abetting the enemies of the United States of America and our closest allies. This is ‑‑ this goes to treason. This is so far beyond, you know, the Iran contra scandal or Watergate. This is way beyond that. Because this one aids and abets our enemies.