Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. Richard Lugar continued on Sunday to question what Pakistan knew in the lead-up to Osama bin Laden's capture, saying it seems "logical" that people in the country were aware of his location.
"It appears to me very logical that if Osama bin Laden was in that home for six years of time, in a group of people that were connected with the military, then a lot of people in Pakistan knew about his whereabouts," the Indiana senator said on CNN's "State of the Union."'
Lugar and Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, held hearings on Capitol Hill Wednesday raising concerns about bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where he was captured and killed by a U.S. Navy SEAL team.
National Security Adviser Tom Donilon told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley that he has not seen "any evidence at least to date that the political military or intelligence leadership of Pakistan knew about Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan."
Lugar, the ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Donilon delivered the "official view" on the situation as a representative from the White House, but said it is not clear how many people in the Middle East country knew where he was hiding.
"When something like this occurs the divisions then within that government become acute and people then become more bellicose in berating the United States or somebody else to try to protect themselves against criticism within the country," Lugar said.
But their debatable knowledge does not mean the United States should cut off aid to Pakistan, Lugar said. He said they are a critical component in the war on terror because of the terrorists still within the country, those that pass through its borders and their nuclear arsenal.
"Pakistan is a critical factor in the war against terror, our war, the world's war," Lugar said. "Pakistan is really a critical country but we are critical to them likewise."
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