Thursday, January 24, 2013

John McCain, Rand Paul take on Hillary Clinton on Benghazi - By KATE NOCERA


Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defended her department’s handling of the attacks on the U.S. diplomatic outposts in Benghazi under sometimes fiery questioning from Republican senators.

The most pointed questions came over two hours into the hearing from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who called many of Clinton’s answers before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee “unsatisfactory.” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he would have fired Clinton over Benghazi had he been president and that her departure from State indicated she accepted the blame for the attack.
“The American people deserve to know answers, and they certainly don’t deserve false answers. The answers given to the American people on Sept. 15 by the ambassador to the United Nations were false,” McCain said, referring to Susan Rice’s statements that the attacks on Benghazi were spontaneous demonstrations and not intentional terrorist attacks. “In fact, they were contradicted by the classified information, which was kept out of [Rice’s] report.”

McCain jabbed: “Why do we care? Because if the classified information had been included, it gives an entirely different version of events. … If you want to tell the American people [information] and tell them what happened, then you ought to have your facts straight.”

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