Republican Ariz. Sen. John McCain wants to hear directly from the survivors of the Benghazi terrorist attack, to shed light on questions he says were left unanswered by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s testimony to the Senate foreign relations committee Wednesday morning.
McCain was asked by Breitbart News whether he thought the survivors should be asked to provide their accounts of what exactly happened before, during and after the Sept. 11, 2012 attack.
“They should certainly [do so]. If not come up to Capitol Hill, at least be identified and take their statements as to what they saw,” he said.
When asked if he was satisfied with Clinton’s answers, McCain responded, “Of course not. … If you watched the hearings, you saw me list about 10 unanswered questions.”
McCain particularly wanted to know why the administration failed to respond to warnings from U.S. officials in Benghazi and said the attack was the result of a spontaneous demonstration.
During the hearing,Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson criticized Clinton for not ordering State Department officials to contact survivors after the attacks to find out whether or not there were protests around the diplomatic mission before the attack.
“What difference, at this point, does it make?” Clinton shot back. (RELATED VIDEO: Clinton gets heated during testimony)
In an interview with Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren following the hearing, McCain stressed the importance of learning more facts about the attack.
“Why would we ever think that people bring mortars and rocket propelled grenades to spontaneous demonstrations? I mean, on the face of it, this cannot be ignored, the fact that this was all in the heat of a presidential campaign, a president who was campaigning, saying bin Laden is dead, and al-Qaida’s on the run. We know that’s not true.”