GOP Rep: Libya is worse than Watergate

Marsha Blackburn says Obama's handling of Libya is "more serious than Watergate"

By Jillian Rayfield

Published October 1, 2012 5:30PM (EDT)


Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., said that the president's handling of the attack on the consulate in Benghazi is "more serious than Watergate," adding, "We need the investigations to begin immediately."

"Benghazi-gate is the right term for this," Blackburn said on Fox News. "This is very, very serious, probably more serious than Watergate. And to call this a response to a video when it was obviously a terrorist attack."

Blackburn and a number other Republicans have accused U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice and the president of initially covering up that the attack on the U.S. consulate was a terrorist attack, instead characterizing it as a response to the anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims."

Last week, Mike Huckabee similarly compared the attack in Libya to Watergate, and implied that Obama should be impeached for it.


Via ThinkProgress.

Jillian Rayfield

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