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McCain Hesitant to Call for Impeachment of Obama
As Republican lawmakers scurry to impeach President Barack Obama for his response to the Benghazi attacks, Senator John McCain called for caution in what he described as a “serious issue.”
During an interview with ABC’s This Week, McCain urged his fellow leaders to exercise caution in condemning the president. “I will even give the president the benefit of doubt on some of these things,” he said. “We need a select committee.
September’s attack on the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya, left four Americans dead, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. The attack was initially credited to a spontaneous uprising in response to an anti-Islam film, Innocence of Muslims. Later information revealed that the attack was perpetrated by a militia group. Obama, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, and the entire administration are accused of overemphasizing the influence of the film in the attack and improperly investigation the incident. The information released by the administration regarding the events was subject to several revisions in the days following the attack, many of which contradicted each other.
The Huffington Post reports that last week, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee said, “Before it’s all over, this president will not fill out his full term. As bad as Watergate was because it broke the trust between the president and the people, no one died. This is more serious because four Americans did in fact die. And President Obama has yet to explain why did they did.”
McCain, who led the Republican Party as a presidential candidate in 2008, has so far refused to join his fellow party members in their call for Obama’s impeachment. “I do not believe the president has committed impeachable offenses – that’s high crimes.” The Senator did say that he believes that the Obama administration’s response to the attacks in Benghazi did, however, constitute a cover up on account of what he describes as a “willful removal of information.”
Senator Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, also expressed hesitation at calling for Obama’s impeachment. When asked if she would support the move, she said, “I don’t know at this point. But that doesn’t mean these allegations aren’t serious.”McCain Hesitant to Call for Impeachment of Obama by Andrew Ostler