In a Tuesday interview with Soledad O’Brien, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) accused President Barack Obama’s administration of covering up the facts behind last month’s attack on a U.S. consulate building in Benghazi, Libya.
When O’Brien suggested that King wasn’t going as far as former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in criticizing the administration’s response to the Sept. 11 attack, which killed American ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, King — who, like Giuliani, is acting as a surrogate for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney — instead doubled down on Giuliani’s remarks.
“You can define cover up any way you want,” King said. “I’m saying this administration has not told the truth, and they have told a false narrative. Now, are you talking about a criminal cover up? No. I would say certainly they were concealing and holding back facts that would have undercut their position.”
King, who chairs the Homeland Security Committee, also dismissed United Nation envoy Susan Rice’s Oct. 4 explanation for her Sept. 16 appearance on Meet The Press; in a letter to Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Rice said the information she provided in the interview was based on the “latest information” of the situation she had at that point.
“She’s saying it’s not a cover up,” O’Brien said. “If there were mistakes, it’s because the intelligence was flawed.”
King said he didn’t accept that explanation.
“Ambassador Rice reports to the State Department,” he told O’Brien. “Even though she’s an ambassador to the U.N., she’s in the chain of command of the State Department. Did she take the time to talk to people who were in the consulate that night?”