Senators to Obama: ‘You Have Not Been Forthcoming’

Four senators are cracking the whip over the White House to get straight answers about the events surrounding the murders in Benghazi of four Americans.

Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), and Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) sent a letter today to President Obama, following up on previous letters, in which they chastise the White House for its avoidance of the issue and repeating a list of questions the senators want answered:

The American people deserve to know all the facts surrounding the terrorist attack in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, that resulted in the murder of four Americans—including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Unfortunately, you and your senior administration officials have not been forthcoming in providing answers to the many questions that have emerged.

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On October 9, 2012, we sent a letter to the senior intelligence officials in your administration in an effort to obtain answers to these questions. More than three weeks have passed, and we still have not received a response. To make matters worse, since that original letter, we sent several subsequent letters to you or to your senior administration officials asking a number of questions, and we have failed to receive a single letter in response.

The American people and their representatives in Congress need to understand what you knew about the Benghazi terrorist attack and when you knew it. We also have a right to know what steps you and your administration took—or failed to take—before, during, and after the terrorist attack to protect American lives. …

Your failure to answer these important questions will only add to the growing perception among many of our constituents that your administration has undertaken a concerted effort to misrepresent the facts and stonewall Congress and the American people. We look forward to a prompt and thorough response to these questions. The American people deserve a full accounting of what happened in Benghazi where four brave Americans were murdered.

The letter repeats a list of questions that the senators had asked of Obama Administration intelligence officials but that have gone unanswered:

• Within 48 hours of the attack, was there credible information and reporting to suggest that the assault on our Consulate and other U.S. facilities in Benghazi should be characterized as a terrorist attack?

• At what time did intelligence community agencies or elements first assess that the events in Benghazi were a terrorist attack?

• What information did the intelligence community provide to senior policymakers that led some of them to draw the conclusion as late as five days after the attack in Benghazi that it was the result of a spontaneous demonstration, not a terrorist act?

• Was there no credible evidence at that late date that was compelling enough for the intelligence community and the senior policymakers to draw a conclusion with at least moderate confidence that the attack in Benghazi was a terrorist act?

The letter also discusses previous IED attacks on the U.S. mission,  on June 6 and in April, and seeks answers about the security situation from the various intelligence officials:

• Were you aware of these attacks?

• Did you inform the President of these attacks?

• If so, what action was taken to protect our Consulate?

• If you did not inform the President, why not?

On October 15, 2012, Senator Graham sent you a similar letter asking the following questions:

• Were you informed of these attacks on our Libyan Consulate?

• If not, why not?

• Did you consider these serious events?

• If you were informed, what action was taken to protect the Consulate?

But the senators don’t stop there, as the list includes another half dozen involved questions about who knew what when and why the security situation was as bad as it was, and how everything went down.

It’s starting to look — at last — like Obama can run but not hide from his actions relating to Benghazi. The Man Who Would Be King must be desperately hoping to stretch out the coverup at least through Election Day, because without the power of the presidency behind him there may be little chance of escaping the consequences.

His worst fear right now is that some of the media might begin to wake up and get sick of covering for him before the election.

The New York Post on Tuesday ran an article titled “The Mysterious Media Benghazi Bugout” questioning the media silence on the issue.

If conservatives continue to push, the mainstream media ostriches may finally realize that their reputations and future revenues are on the line as their role as shills for Obama becomes more and more obvious. Ultimately, it will be a calculation of loss of viewership or readership that will decide whether media outlets suddenly remember their duty to the republic.

More and more cracks are beginning to show in the dam that is holding back the Benghazi scandal. Will it break before the election, though?

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