The Straits Times
Published on Nov 03, 2012

Republican senators call for more Benghazi hearings


WASHINGTON (AFP) - John McCain and other Republican senators on Friday demanded more United States (US) Senate hearings be convened to address the attack on the US consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi that left four Americans dead.

Republicans have seized on the shifting narrative coming from President Barack Obama's administration as evidence of incompetence or worse, and the crisis has simmered for weeks ahead of the Nov 6 presidential election.

Republican nominee Mitt Romney has hammered the White House over its response to the assault on the Benghazi consulate on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the US, after first blaming it on protesters before concluding it was a pre-planned attack by militants.

Mr McCain and colleagues Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte urged Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, a Democrat, to hold hearings that address whether there was sufficient military personnel in place in Benghazi on Sept 11.