Senators John McCain & Rand Paul miss Benghazi, Libya briefing while criticizing lack of info they would have if they showed up
Senator McCain AND Rand Paul both missed the meeting while talking smack about not having information. I guess they are waiting for the MATRIX technology to download the info into their brains rather than do the work of reading and attending debriefings?
John McCain misses Benghazi, Libya briefing while criticizing lack of info
9:53 AM, Nov 16, 2012
(CBS NEWS) — While Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was leading a press conference Wednesday to condemn the administration’s lack of transparency regarding the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, it turns out he could have been attending a classified briefing on the subject.
Due to what his office called a “scheduling error,” McCain accompanied Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday to demand before reporters a select committee of Congress to investigate the violence in Libya, rather than attend the scheduled 11 a.m. closed-door briefing for members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. At his press conference, McCain continued to rail on the president and his administration - including U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice - for botched handling of information in the aftermath of the attack.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, the ranking Republican on the committee, reneged slightly from a report today that she was critical of McCain for missing the meeting, but maintained it’s important he’s fully briefed on intelligence, and disagreed with his call for a select committee.
McCain told CBS News he hadn’t yet viewed the thousands of pages of classified emails, telegrams, and intelligence reports that the State Department made available to the committee.
Meanwhile, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., another member of the Homeland Security committee, also missed the briefing, but did an interview on CNN the same day attacking Mr. Obama for his handling of the Benghazi attack, and, at one point, admitting, “I don’t know enough of the details.”