(WASHINGTON) — Expressing further dissatisfaction with the thoroughness of the briefing on Benghazi they received from Secretary of State Clinton Thursday, two Republican Senators chastised the Obama administration for their “disrespect” and “disdain” for the U.S. Senate for not divulging more about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
“We were told nothing,” McCain said on the Senate floor Friday afternoon of Thursday’s briefing to the full U.S. Senate by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, “We were told absolutely nothing. All because it’s an investigation going on.”
McCain then held up the Wall Street Journal’s story Friday morning with details on the attack by way of comparison. He said for a newspaper to have more detail than U.S. Senators, after receiving a briefing from the government’s top officials, was the height of disrespect.
“It is that the disrespect to the institution of the senate when we are called together ostensibly to receive information, that information they tell us they can’t give us, and then it appears on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. What does that mean about the attitude that this administration has to this body? Obviously it’s not one that I think is of respect.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham echoed the complaint, saying it was like “pulling teeth” to get information from the members of the administration Thursday.
“I was very disappointed in the briefing yesterday,” Graham said, “A lot of senators were frustrated. And you pick up major newspapers in the country and you find details not shared with you.”
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