Sen. John McCainJohn McCainFather of slain Navy SEAL wants investigation A stronger NATO for a safer world Drug importation won't save dollars or lives MORE (R-Ariz.) said Sunday the Obama administration engaged in a "cover-up" after the attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
"I’d call it a cover-up," McCain said on ABC’s “This Week.” "I would call it a cover-up in the extent that there was willful removal of information, which was obvious. It was obvious."
Three current and former State officials testified before Congress last week, and said they knew the attack was terrorism even as the administration was describing it as a spontaneous protest.
McCain said a select committee should be convened to investigate Benghazi — and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonHollywood stars make political statements with Oscars fashion Live coverage: Stars get political at Oscars 5 ways politics could steal the show at Oscars MORE should be called back to Capitol Hill to testify. But he split with other GOP senators who have suggested that the administration’s handling of the incident could rise to the level of impeachment.
“We need a select committee that interviews everybody," McCain said. "I don’t know what level of scandal, unquote, this rises to, but I know it rises to the level where it requires a full and complete ventilation of these facts."
McCain and Sen. Susan CollinsSusan CollinsLeaked ObamaCare bill would defund Planned Parenthood GOP lawmaker at town hall calls on Trump to release his tax returns GOP senator won't vote to defund Planned Parenthood MORE (R-Maine) both said on the Sunday shows that while they have more questions about Benghazi, they don't believe President Obama should be impeached over the attacks.
"With all due respect, I think this is a serious issue," McCain said. "I will even give the president the benefit of the doubt on some of these things. We need a select committee." Collins also dismissed talk of impeachment during her appearance on CNN's "State of the Union."
Collins and McCain were both responding to comments Sen. Jim InhofeJames InhofeA guide to the committees: Senate GOP considers ways to ‘modernize’ endangered species law GOP bill would eliminate Consumer Financial Protection Bureau MORE (R-Okla.) made in a radio interview, when he said lawmakers "will maybe start to use the ‘i-word’ before too long" — meaning impeachment.
"Of all the great cover-ups in history - we’re talking about the Pentagon Papers, the Iran-Contra, Watergate and all the rest of them, this is going to go down as the most serious, most egregious cover-up in American history," Inhofe said.