Transcript: Sen. Dan Coats’s remarks on Gen. David Petraeus’s testimony on Benghazi

Edited by Jenny Jiang

Transcript of remarks by Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) on former CIA Director David Petraeus’s testimony on the Benghazi consulate attack at a press briefing on Nov. 16, 212:

Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.): We’ve gained some important insights as to what has happened but I believe there are still questions that need to be answered or are going to require more answers. I think anybody who draws a final conclusion on the basis of these two hearings that we’ve had – it’s a premature conclusion. I’m glad that we have two more sessions ahead of us. There are more people we need to talk to.

It was helpful to have General [David] Petraeus speak to us today. We’re learning a lot. But in my opinion, we have not come to a point where we could draw firm conclusions as to exactly what happened.

Question: So what couldn’t General Petraeus answer today? What questions do you still have?

Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.): There are still some issues out there. Some of this is related to classified information, but we have a commitment from the Chairman and the consensus in the Committee that we’re going to continue to pursue to find answers to some very critical questions, which will give us real insights as to whether there’s any political influence related to this. The American people deserve to get the whole story and we are on the track, I believe, to get that story.

Question: How was the Director? How did he seem?

Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.): The Director was forthright. He received the gratitude from all of us for his service to the country. He made America a safer place. We all regretted the incident that led to his resignation but we are grateful for his service.

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