This week's testimony by Greg Hicks, State Department employee and number two personnel in the Libyan embassy, showed us that the attack on the Benghazi consulate is not going away. Last Sunday on "Face the Nation" we got an advance transcript of what Hicks had told investigators from the government oversight committee. It is a very traumatic story.
When the attack happened and there was really no security sent to help, it seems that they were kind of getting the cold shoulder from the State Department. The whole thing just raises very serious questions and questions that needed to be answered and there's still a lot to be said.
Yesterday House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) came on board this investigation. I think this was interesting because we had been told, and reports stated, that he was not all too keen on continuing this investigation. Clearly now he wants to go forward with it.
Overshadowing this controversy is why did Susan Rice from the State Department go out on the Sunday talk shows and say this was not a result of terrorists? On the Sunday after this happened, on "Face the Nation," the President of Libya came on and said this was the work of terrorists, this was a terrorist attack. Susan Rice came on "Face the Nation" right afterwards and basically disputed what the President of the country had said so there are many questions here. This incident really upset Greg Hicks, the #2 in Libya for the State Department at the time, he says he thinks that her contradiction of the Libyan President actually hurt efforts to get the FBI into Libya to investigate the attacks.
On Sunday, we will get another perspective on this and a lot of other issues from former secretary of Defense Robert Gates. He is going to do his first interview on the Sunday shows since leaving the role as Secretary of Defense.
We will also have Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. Senator Ayotte, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. John McCain, has been one of the more vocal Senate Republicans demanding answers from the administration about the attacks. And Ambassador Thomas Pickering will give us perspective from the Accountability Review Board, which he serves on as chairman. What conclusions have they reached about our response?
But we also have a special treat: it is Mother's Day and I am going to be talking to Maya Angelou. She had the most remarkable life: people know her as a poet, writer and performer but she has this amazing story of the relationship between she and her mother. It will really be something to hear. She has a new book out just in time for Mother's Day, it's called Mom & Me & Mom, and you just can't put it down once you start reading it.