John McCain Skips Benghazi Briefing To Complain About Lack Of Benghazi Info
Sen. John McCain has been a vocal critic of Barack Obama and his administration’s handling of the attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi. But on Wenesday, Sen. McCain skipped a high level classified briefing on the attacks- to instead hold a press conference complaining about the lack of available information.
On Wednesday, McCain and several other Republican senators called for a “Watergate-style Congressional committee” to investigate the Benghazi attacks, in addition to several investigations already under way.
But CNN learned that a briefing ”conducted by top diplomatic, military and counter-terrorism officials” was held at the same time for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, of which McCain is a member.
When confronted about the absence, CNN producer Ted Barrett states McCain “got testy.”
“I have no comment about my schedule and I’m not going to comment on how I spend my time to the media,” McCain said.
Asked why he wouldn’t comment, McCain grew agitated: “Because I have the right as a senator to have no comment and who the hell are you to tell me I can or not?”
When CNN noted that McCain had missed a key meeting on a subject the senator has been intensely upset about, McCain said, “I’m upset that you keep badgering me.”
A spokesman later said that McCain has missed the briefing due to a “scheduling error.”