Politician's Heavy Charges Against WH in Potential Libya Cover-Up: 'They've Dishonored the People Who Sacrificed Their Lives'
In his first TV interview since returning from Libya, Foreign Relations Committee member and Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker (R) took aim at the White House for their misleading response to the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. Corker's reaction comes just after the State Department revealed it always knew the attack was pre-planned, even though in the initial days following the incident, they pointed to an anti-Islam film that they said incited anger in the region.
"In real-time, at the very highest levels of our government, they knew this was a terrorist attack as this was happening - and certainly within 24 hours, knew most every detail of what had happened," he said. "This has been totally bizarre, as to how they responded."
Corker told Bill Hemmer on America's Newsroom that what he attributes the back-and-forth to, however, all comes down
to politics. "To me, Bill, what this has been about ... I think this speaks to the character of this administration," he said, later adding, "To me, this is all about a presidential election, and a White House that is trying to protect this faux image that we have crushed these extremist groups around the world ... the fact is, they're mutating."
"What I hate about it is, in all of this, there are Americans who have been heroic," Corker continued. "I met two gentlemen who almost every American would be emotionally overwhelmed to see what these people did in rescuing other Americans and to me, what the White House has done in order to save their own political skin and faux image on this issue is they have dishonored many people around the world ... in this case, the people in Benghazi who sacrificed their lives."