Kris Paronto and Mark Geist, two security officers who were in Benghazi on the night of the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks challenged two Democratic congressmen who doubted the veracity of their claims that they were told to “stand down” by the CIA station chief while the consulate was under attack to a debate on Wednesday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel.
After watching clips of Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) denying that such an order existed, and dismissing the claims of Paronto and Geist as part of a “campaign to promote a new book,” and Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) stating a stand down order “was never given,” Geist said “I would like to invite Mr. Schiff to a debate … we can talk about it.” And “he wants to see and say that to my face. We can talk about it, and talk about everything.” Paronto added “we can talk about it … it’s difficult for me because you’re calling a Ranger, a SEAL, and three Marines liars.”
Hannity then extended an invitation for Smith and Schiff to come on the program, saying “let’s see if they have the guts to come on the program. Gentlemen, you’ve accused American heroes of lying. Congressman Smith, Congressman Schiff, they’re invited on the program. We’re going to make calls first thing tomorrow and see if we get statements from their offices.”
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