'That's One of the Dumbest Questions I've Ever Heard'
Sen. John McCain chides a reporter during press conference calling for an investigation into Benghazi attack.
When a reporter asked Arizona Sen. John McCain if he thought the scandal involving Gen. David Petraeus posed a greater threat to national security than the September attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya, he got schooled.
McCain, flanked by Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, of Nashua, said that, with all due respect, "That's one of the dumbest questions I've ever heard."
"There are four dead Americans. The lives of other Americans were put in jeopardy,” McCain continued. “This is a matter of four dead Americans. I think that the other issue raised is very serious, and I think it deserves a thorough and complete investigation — but it does not rise to the level of an attack on an American consulate that took four American lives."
Ayotte, McCain and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, introduced a resolution to form a truth-seeking Select Committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks.
The senators are calling for a temporary Senate Select Committee to investigate the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack in Benghazi that left four Americans dead - including the U.S. ambassador to Libya. With multiple Senate committees set to hold hearings, Ayotte says she believes a single select committee represents the best way to fully understand what occurred, identify the lessons learned, and make recommendations in order to prevent a tragedy like this from happening again.
"Two months after this deadly attack, we still have more questions than answers. The American people deserve to know exactly what happened in Benghazi, and it's Congress' job to ensure there is a full accounting of the failures that led to this tragedy," said Senator Ayotte, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. "We need to understand why security at the consulate was so inadequate, why requests for additional security were rejected, and why the greatest military in the world was not able to respond within seven hours to save the lives of Americans."