Friday, May 10, 2013

Sen. Ron Johnson: Weekly Report from Washington D.C.

May 10, 2013

Benghazi Was the 3:00 A.M. Call

During the 2008 Democratic Presidential primaries, former Secretary Clinton ran an ad attacking nominee Barack Obama for his lack of wisdom and experience in a foreign crisis – and touting her own. It has become known as the '3:00 A.M. call.'
I commend Chairman Issa for holding Wednesday's hearing to try to bring more clarity to what actually happened in Benghazi. As more and more facts regarding Benghazi are painfully extracted from the Obama administration, this much can be ascertained: Benghazi was a failure of leadership by President Obama – before, during, and after the pre-planned terrorist attack that killed four Americans. Absent evidence to the contrary, it appears President Obama failed to fully engage, take command and act - instead delegating his responsibilities as Commander in Chief to others. His administration then embarked on a narrative for the attack that was disconnected from reality and initially misled the American public. Benghazi was President Obama’s 3:00 A.M. moment and he failed that test of leadership. What difference, at this point, does it make? Leadership - or lack thereof - before, during, and after a crisis, always makes a difference.

Senator Johnson Calls for New Senate Hearings on Benghazi

During the hearing on Benghazi before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, I asked former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton why she made no effort to personally speak with participants who were on the ground during the course of the assault. She responded in part, ‘What difference at this point does it make?’ I think it makes a huge difference, then and now. In fact, eight months after Benghazi, too many important questions remain unanswered regarding the level of security leading up to the Benghazi assault, the Administration’s response during the attack and how the State Department and Administration reacted publicly after the attack.

Press reports indicate that whistle-blowers who were on the ground have substantial information that can bring clarity to what happened in Benghazi for the American people. There are also news reports that some people feel intimidated by the Administration to remain silent.

I was shocked that President Obama, in his press conference last week, revealed that he was ignorant of these developing events. This leads me to believe that this administration has no interest in providing answers to the American people. The House conducted hearings on May 8th. I strongly urge the Senate to hold new hearings on Benghazi and include in those hearings people who were on the ground in Libya during the attacks.

Senator Johnson Announces Staff Mobile Office Hours

I announced earlier this week that my staff would be available for mobile office hours at the dates and locations listed below. These office hours allow constituents to meet with my staff to request assistance with a federal agency or regarding other federal matters.

Wednesday, May 15th, 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Princeton City Hall
531 South Fulton Street, Princeton, WI 54968

Wednesday, May 15th, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Packwaukee Public Library
N3511 State Street, Packwaukee, WI 53953

Wednesday, May 15th, 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
Hancock Public Library
114 South Main Street, Hancock, WI 54943

Thursday, May 16th, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Chaseburg Village Hall
400 Depot Street, Chaseburg, WI 54621

Thursday, May 16th, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Yawkee Hall
9805 Yawkey Street, Hazelhurst, WI 54531

Friday, May 17th, 9:00 am - 10:00 am
North Bay Village Hall, Meeting Room
3615 Hennepin Place, North Bay, WI 53402

Friday, May 17th, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Monticello Village Hall, Village Board Room
140 North Main Street, Monticello, WI 53570

Friday, May 17th, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Twin Lakes Village Hall, Board Room
108 East Main Street, Twin Lakes, WI 53181

Friday, May 17th, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Menominee Nation Executive Building
W2908 Tribal Office Loop Road, Keshena, WI 54135

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