Sen. John McCain has been a vocal critic of President Barack Obama‘s handling of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. So it followed that when McCain wasn’t in attendance at classified briefing about the matter, a question arose: Why? CNN sought to get an answer — but McCain wasn’t keen on giving one.
“The senator refused to comment about why he missed the briefing” CNN reported, “which was conducted by top diplomatic, military and counter-terrorism officials.” Pressed about why he wasn’t at the meeting, McCain responded, “I have no comment about my schedule and I’m not going to comment on how I spend my time to the media.”
From there, he evidently grew more irritated:
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.”
Later, McCain spokesman Brian Rogers told CNN McCain’s absence at the briefing was due to a “scheduling error.”
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