Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) raised eyebrows on Thursday’s Morning Joe when he offered his response to yesterday’s congressional hearing about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Citing a “glaring omission” in the information, Coburn predicted “real trouble” ahead. Pressed further, he said he couldn’t elaborate.
“I think the State Department has real trouble,” Coburn replied when asked for his reaction. “Having sat on the Intelligence Committee and seen the review of emails that went back and forth as they developed the list, there’s a glaring problem there that will eventually come out, and I can’t talk about now. But there was an omission that was given to the Intelligence Committee.”
“I cannot do that and keep my obligation to what — you know, I can’t talk about it, other to say that I think there was a glaring omission in terms of what was submitted to the Intelligence Committee,” Coburn repeated.
The comments left the hosts, unable to glean much from the vague assertion, eager to learn what Coburn was referring to.
Yesterday’s hearing featured testimony from three witnesses, including Gregory Hicks, a State Department official whose account of the attack and its aftermath has garnered attention. Hicks testified that a request for additional special forces was turned down — and that he was “effectively demoted” for speaking up about the narrative in Sunday show interviews.
Watch below, via MSNBC:
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