Senate Republicans push for “select” committee to lead unified investigation into attack. “In Watergate, nobody died.”
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WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain declared Wednesday that he and his Republican colleagues have trust in the Obama administration's investigation into the attack on the U.S.consulate in Benghazi.
"There is no credibility amongst most of us concerning the administration and the numerous controversies and contradictions that have been involved in their handling of this issue," McCain said at a Capitol Hill press conference. "It is essential for the Congress to conduct its own independent assessment."
McCain, flanked by Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. Kelly Ayyotte, announced that the trio will introduce legislation this afternoon to create a temporary select committee in the Senate to independently investigate the attack that killed four Americans.
“In Watergate, nobody died. In Iran-Contra, nobody died,” McCain said, pointing to select committees after both as precent for one on Benghazi.
The Obama Administration has argued that the tragedy was the outcome of specific and largely local failures, and that contradictory early explanations reflected confusion, not a cover-up.
Graham said the select committee is necessary to prevent "stove-piping" of the congressional investigation, and to allow all those investigating the attack to hear testimony that otherwise would be spread across the Armed Services, Intelligence, and Foreign Relations committees.
“If you have these people in separate rooms telling separate stories trying to blame each other, it’s going to fall through the cracks," Graham said.