Ex-CIA contractor threatens to "choke" Barack Obama during interview with Fox News
Paronto, who used to work for the CIA during the 2012 Benghazi attacks, made the threat while speaking to host Pete Hegseth on Sunday during a television segment.
A former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) contractor, Kris Praronto, threatened to choke former President Barack Obama during a television interview, according to reports.
Paronto, who used to work for the CIA during the 2012 Benghazi attacks, made the threat while speaking to host Pete Hegseth on Sunday during a television segment. The duo were talking about the former president's recent remarks suggesting that the Republican investigation into the incident was politically motivated, according to reports.
Paronto said: "It’s disgusting. It just raises the bile inside of me. I had a hard time just watching the speeches. I just wanted to see what he had to say. And when that came across, I just wanted to reach through the screen and just grab him — grab him and choke him," Raw Story reported.
"Honestly, the man is a disgrace, just a complete disgrace. It’s completely offensive and I wish I had that man sitting in front of me right now without his Secret Service,” the former CIA contractor added, making a threatening gesture with his hands while referring to Obama.
Soon after making the statement, the host warned Paronto about threatening a former president of the country. However, Paronto pushed back and said: "Yeah, I know. But it doesn’t get yourself away from saying comments when my friends died in front of me."
The Benghazi attacks left US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens dead and Donald Trump, during his presidential campaign, had often referred to the attacks as a cover up by the Obama administration. He also used it to attack his opponent at the time, Hillary Clinton, who served as Secretary of State when the incident occurred.
Evern since the attacks, at least ten investigations into the incident have been launched and six of them, which were led by Republican-controlled House committees, did not find any wrondoing by Clinton or other Obama administration officials.
Stevens's sister, during the 2016 presidential campaign, had said that it was "inappropriate" to make Benghazi an election issue and said that she doesn't blame the Obama officials for her brother's death.
"I do not blame Hillary Clinton or (former Secretary of Defense) Leon Panetta," Dr. Anne Stevens had said in June 2016 while talking to the New Yorker.