John McCain, Rand Paul Skip Benghazi Hearing To Complain About Benghazi On TV

5 years ago by David

Even as John McCain was vowing to do everything in his power to block Susan Rice's nomination while Lindsey Graham was making smarmy, gossipy suggestions that Susan Rice was somehow untrustworthy, both of them were doing their best to avoid the facts about what actually happened in Benghazi. I can only assume their reluctance to actually be briefed was so they could claim they were not being briefed and could run to Papa Fox to whine.

Via Foreign Policy:

This week, a number of Republican senators have strongly criticized the administration for failing to properly explain the circumstances surrounding the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi. Some of those senators failed to show up for a briefing on the attack Wednesday.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has been the leading congressional critic of the administration's handling of the Benghazi attack and what he sees as the administration's lack of candor with Congress on the matter. On Wednesday, he pledged to block the potential nomination of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton due to Rice's statements on the attack. That drew a sharp rebuke from President Barack Obama at Wednesday's press conference.

But although McCain had time to speak on the Senate floor and on television about the lack of information provided to Congress about the attack, he didn't attend the classified briefing for senators Wednesday given to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, of which he is a member.

Oops! In an update to that post, McCain explained his absence as being a scheduling error. Yep, that's the ticket, go out and pimp the right wing conspiracy theories and then blame not getting actual facts on your staff.

As for Rand Paul, evidently he also was too busy to pay attention to actual facts because he was out there spinning the right wing story for Faux:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), another Homeland Security committee member who was on television complaining about the lack of Benghazi information, also did not show up for the Wednesday hearing. Paul did a CNN interview from the Capitol building Wednesday in which said he had questions about the anti-Islam video, the lack of Marines in Libya, and diplomatic security. At one point he says, "I don't know enough of the details."

But see, he could have known more of the details if he had just been doing his job. If they had been doing their job.

Posturing for Faux News is not doing their job. Attending a hearing and getting the facts is their job. It's time for them to do it.

Update: Seems Senator McCain got a little touchy when CNN asked him about the meeting.

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