McCain misses Benghazi briefing to demand greater attention be paid to Benghazi.

John McCain and the rest of the GOP have gotten a bit of tunnel vision lately: Benghazi.  Even though the rest of the world seems to have mourned the tragedy and also tackled every other political issue, FOX and the Republicans seem fixated on this one topic (because it’s important, and certainly not for political gain).

That’s why John McCain called a press conference to demand more attention be paid to the Benghazi issues, perhaps with more committees investigating.  The irony was that in order to hold his press conference, McCain skipped a meeting of the committee investigating the Benghazi attacks, of which McCain is a part.

Most of the Republican members of a Senate committee investigating the terrorist attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, skipped a classified briefing by administration officials on the incident Wednesday, CNN has learned. The missing lawmakers included Sen. John McCain of Arizona, who at the time of the top-secret briefing held a press conference in the Capitol to call for the creation of a Watergate-type special Congressional committee to investigate how and why the attack took place.

And when CNN pointed out the strangeness of that, McCain didn’t appreciate it.

When CNN approached McCain in a Capitol hallway Thursday morning, the senator refused to comment about why he missed the briefing, which was conducted by top diplomatic, military and counter-terrorism officials. Instead, McCain got testy when pressed to say why he wasn’t there.

“I have no comment about my schedule and I’m not going to comment on how I spend my time to the media,” McCain said.

Asked why he wouldn’t comment, McCain grew agitated: “Because I have the right as a senator to have no comment and who the hell are you to tell me I can or not?”

When CNN noted that McCain had missed a key meeting on a subject the senator has been intensely upset about, McCain said, “I’m upset that you keep badgering me.”

While McCain refused to shed light on why he didn’t show, his spokesman Brian Rogers emailed CNN a short time later with an explanation. He blamed it on a “scheduling error” but wouldn’t provide any more detail.

A scheduling error.  It certainly wasn’t a matter of prioritizing one over the other, if that’s what you’re thinking.


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