A White House pool reporter provided a perfect retort to the Obama administration’s complaints that the investigation into Benghazi has dragged on too long. The final Benghazi report will be released today.
Kevin Corke of Fox News grilled Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz about the President’s unwillingness to answer questions about the 2012 terror attack.
Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, sent the President a series of written questions about the attack and the President’s response and actions that night. He never received an answer.
Corke pounced on the White House for not answering those inquiries, and predictably the press secretary whined about the investigation as a whole.
“It is the 781st day of this committee,” Schultz complained. “This is a committee that has gone on longer than the 9/11 commission, than the committee designated to look at Pearl Harbor, the assassination of President Kennedy, the Iran-Contra affair, and Watergate.”
Corke offered a witty response, however.
“But not longer than the studying of the pipeline through Canada,” he pointed out.
The room burst into laughter.
“I’m just saying,” Corke added.
Watch the exchange below …
Via Bizzy Blog:
At Monday afternoon’s White House press briefing, Fox News reporter Kevin Corke asked Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz about the reasons for the White House’s reluctance to account for President Obama’s whereabouts and activities on the night of the September 2012 Benghazi attacks.
After Schultz said his pathetic piece, Corke zinged him with the fact that it took President Barack Obama far longer than the length of time Congress has spent on Benghazi to hem, haw, and finally reject the Keystone Pipeline project.
Note at the end of the video that the assembled reporters laughed with Corke at his observation, and not at him.
Indeed, the Keystone pipeline took 7 years for President Obama to officially kill, despite the fact that it had passed scrutiny in 10 federal agencies, including the EPA. It was delayed solely for political purposes as well, with Obama perpetually pushing decisions past election dates.
Perhaps lost in the fray of a quality zinger on the administration was the fact that Obama’s press secretary never answered this key question from Corke: “I’m just wondering as an American why wouldn’t the president want to explain not just what was happening that night, where he was, what was happening directly as it relates to his evening, but also why not answer more specific questions about it in the interest of transparency?”
We’d all like to know that. Maybe one day we’ll learn what Obama and Hillary Clinton were really doing on the night of the Benghazi attacks.
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