McCain alleged that questions still remain about the September 11, 2012 attacks at a diplomat post in Benghazi, Libya. (Photo : REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)
Sen. John McCain has had enough, and he's on the war path for truth. The veteran "maverick" Republican is not satisfied with the White House's explanations of the attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya in September and is alleging a "massive cover-up."
Appearing on Sunday's "Meet the Press," Sen. McCain suggested the lack of information coming from President Barack Obama's administration after the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi amounted to a conspiracy.
"There are so many answers we don't know," said McCain to the program's David Gregory. "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 there are many, many questions. So we've had a massive cover-up on the part of the administration."
Gregory then questioned just what McCain meant by a "a massive cover-up."
"I'm asking you, do you care whether four Americans died?" explained McCain. "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?" questioned Gregory.
"Of the information concerning the deaths of four brave Americans," said McCain. "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?'"
McCain added, "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 the answers. And that's a fact."
McCain also claimed the White House has never adequately explained why no interviews were conducted at the time with the people who were evacuated from the diplomatic post the day after the attacks in Benghazi.
"They would have known that it was not a spontaneous demonstration," McCain alleged.
McCain's criticism arrived just as others in his party, such as Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Sen. Lindsey Graham, continued to call for further information from the Obama administration regarding the Benghazi attacks before they would agree to vote on nominating Chuck Hagel for defense secretary, noted CNN.
Appearing on different episode of "Meet the Press," White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough insisted President Obama's commitment to learning the particulars of the attacks in Benghazi hasn't wavered.
"The president of the United States sends these diplomats, our military, overseas in these tough spots. He is not going to send them and have them be exposed. He made darn certain that we are doing everything we can to ensure this doesn't happen again," McDonough said.