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GOP Sen. Inhofe: Obama could be impeached over Benghazi ‘cover-up’

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) suggested that President Obama
could be impeached over what he alleged was a White House cover-up after last
year’s attack in Benghazi, Libya.

Inhofe, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services
Committee, said in an interview Thursday with “The Rusty Humphries Show” that
impeachment would become an issue soon over the “greatest
cover-up in American history.”

“People may be starting to use the I-word before too long,”
Inhofe said.

“The I-word meaning impeachment?” Humphries asked.

{mosads}“Yeah,” Inhofe responded.

“Of all the great cover-ups in history — the Pentagon
papers, Iran-Contra, Watergate, all the rest of them — this … is going to go
down as most egregious cover-up in American history,” Inhofe said.

When Humphries suggested that the Democratic-controlled Senate would not impeach the president, Inhofe said that was true. He said that Benghazi would “endure” and impeachment could come after the 2014 midterm elections, when Republicans hope to retake control of the upper chamber.

Republicans have accused the Obama administration of
changing the “talking points” about last year’s attack in Benghazi for
political gain in the heat of the 2012 presidential election.

Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens,
were killed in the attack on the U.S. Consulate there.

Republicans say the talking points used by U.S. Ambassador
to the United Nations Susan Rice intentionally downplayed the al Qaeda
connections and falsely blamed the attack on a spontaneous protest.

The House Oversight Committee held an emotional hearing this
week where the No. 2 diplomat in Libya said his “jaw dropped” when he heard
Rice’s comments.

The White House has said the revisions to the talking points
were made by the intelligence community, but ABC News reported
Friday that the State Department played a key role in editing out the al Qaeda

Republicans have homed in on former Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton’s role in the attack. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wrote
an op-ed in The Washington Times Friday that said Clinton should “never hold
high office again.”

Both are considered possible 2016 presidential candidates.

Inhofe is not the first Republican to suggest Obama could be
impeached over Benghazi. Former GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said this week that
Obama “will not fill out his full term” over Benghazi.

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