In an interview on Meet the Press Sunday, Senator John McCain leveled a serious accusation at the White House. While discussing the confirmation hearings for defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel, McCain called the lack of information pertaining to the Benghazi attack a “massive cover-up”, reports The Inquisitr.
There have been rumblings, particularly among Republicans, for months that the White House might be attempting to hide information concerning the attack that killed Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans, namely details about how the president or other powerful individuals may have responded to news of the firefight while it was still underway. However, it is a little startling to hear a prominent U.S. senator use the “C” word outright, in describing the White House’s behavior.
“There are so many answers we don’t know,” McCain said to host David Gregory. “We’ve had two movies about getting bin Laden and we don’t even know who the people were who were evacuated from the consulate the day after the [Benghazi] attack. So there are many, many questions. So we’ve had a massive cover-up on the part of the administration,” quotes Yahoo.
When Gregory asked what McCain meant by “a massive cover-up”, the Arizona Senator asked if Gregory cared whether four Americans died and then asked, “shouldn’t people be held accountable for the fact that four Americans died?”
When asked what, specifically, he thought had been covered up, McCain replied “Of the information concerning the deaths of four brave Americans”. McCain went on to say that he would be glad to send Gregory a list of questions that haven’t been answered, including “‘What did the president do and who did he talk to the night of the attack on Benghazi?'”
McCain questioned why the president said, for a two-week period, during the “heat of the campaign”, that he didn’t know if it was an act of terrorism. The senator suggested that Obama’s reluctance to label it terrorism may have been “because it interfered with the line “‘Al Qaeda has [been] decimated'”.
In regard to Hagel, McCain said he expects him to be confirmed as defense secretary, though he doesn’t plan to vote for him, doubting that he is qualified for the job.
As anxious as Democrats seem to want to bury the mysteries surrounding the attack, the Republicans appear to be determined to forge ahead until they get answers. No matter what the truth is, the Obama administration’s reaction to the tragic incident will be the source of speculation in Washington and around the country for a long time to come. It will be interesting to see how Obama’s response to the attack itself and the questions that followed will impact his legacy.
Senator John McCain by United States Congress [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons