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February 25, 2013

Hagel appears headed for confirmation this week

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WASHINGTON —

“We still don’t know who was rescued from the consulate in Benghazi,” McCain said. “We still don’t know who made up the talking points” that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice discussed on the Sunday talk shows soon after the attack, which portrayed the attack as stemming from a protest against an anti-Islamic video.

“Mr. Brennan said that he was opposed to waterboarding and torture, but at the same time he said it has saved lives,” McCain continued. “I’d like to know what lives were saved, because the information that I have is it saved no one’s life, in fact it was a lot of misinformation.”

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McCain was evasive when asked by host Candy Crowley if he would use Senate rules to block Brennan’s nomination.

“Well, you know, I think you examine your options when you decide on the information. But he needs to answer these questions. And they say, why now? It’s the only time we have the maximum leverage. That’s just a fact of life around Washington,” he said. “The American people deserve answers about Benghazi. There are so many questions that are still out there, including what was the president doing the night Benghazi happened.”

A close McCain ally, GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, has already threatened to block Brennan’s confirmation until the administration provides more information about the Libya incident.

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