Corker: Muddled account of Libya attack has become ‘Benghazi-gate’ for Obama

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) accused the Obama administration of covering up the events that led to the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans in Libya two weeks ago, twice referring to the incident as “Benghazi-gate.”

“This has turned into something nothing short ... of Benghazi-gate,” Corker told Fox News's “Happening Now” on Thursday. “We are not getting just the basic information that I think most Americans would want us to have.

“There has to be something they're trying to hide or cover up,” he said. “We just want answers.”

Republicans have attacked the Obama administration's muddled explanation of what happened in Benghazi on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Officials initially attributed the attack to a spontaneous protest against an anti-Islam video before labeling the assault an act of terrorism several days later. 

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The administration continues to say the attack was not planned in advance, despite Stevens's reported concerns that he might have been on al Qaeda hit list and multiple media reports that have called the administration's account into question.

Adding to the confusion, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday appeared to draw a link between the Libya attack and al Qaeda.

Corker, set to become the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee following the primary defeat of Sen. Dick Lugar in Indiana, has taken the lead in pressing the administration for answers. He introduced legislation two weeks ago with Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) calling for an investigation into the Libya assault, and this week wrote a letter with Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) to Clinton demanding she turn over Stevens's cables to his committee.

“I have become very suspicious — this is way out of the norm, what's happening in this case,” Corker said. “What's going on here? Why are we not being told what happened to these four Americans?”

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