McCain Alleges Massive Cover-Up on Benghazi, Slams David Gregory

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Things got heated on Meet the Press Sunday morning when Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) alleged a massive Benghazi cover-up and slammed host David Gregory.

In discussing the confirmation hearings for defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel, McCain referred to the events surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks.

"There are so many answers we don't know," McCain said. "So there are many, many questions."

"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 we've had a massive cover-up on the part of the administration."

Gregory pressed McCain on what he meant by "a massive cover-up."

"I'm asking you, do you care whether four Americans died?" McCain said. "And shouldn't people be held accountable for the fact that four Americans died?"

"Well, what you said was the cover-up ... a cover-up of what?" Gregory asked.

"Of the information concerning the deaths of four brave Americans," McCain replied. "The information has not been forthcoming. You obviously believe that it has. I know that it hasn't."

"And I'll be glad to send you a list of the questions that have not been answered, including 'What did the president do and who did he talk to the night of the attack on Benghazi?'"

"Why did the president for two weeks, for two weeks during the heat of the campaign continue to say he didn't know whether it was a terrorist attack or not?"

"Is it because it interfered with the line 'Al Qaeda has [been] decimated'? And 'everything's fine in that in that part of the world'? Maybe. We don't know. But we need the answers."

"Then we'll reach conclusions. But we have not received answers. That's a fact."

Earlier, the former Republican presidential nominee said he expects Hagel to be confirmed as defense secretary even though he doesn't plan to vote for him.

"I don't believe he is qualified," said the 2000 and 2008 GOP presidential candidate. "But I don't believe that we should hold up his nomination any further."


Is there anything that the government does NOT cover up, these days? Twelve years after the attack, the most basic questions about 9/11 remain unanswered, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. We have millions of classified documents, and few if any investigative journalists in the lapdog media. And when even non-classified information is published -- as it was by wikileaks, for example -- we go into a furor, with people like McCain calling for the publishers to be executed. ... All of this secrecy and silence enables factions in the government to get away with murder. Policy is often made by foreign and corporate lobbies, behind closed doors. Accountability is dead. ... When Nixon kept the war against Cambodia secret, he wasn't hiding the war from the Cambodians: They knew they were being bombed. It is only we Americans who were kept in the dark. We are the last to know.

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