Top administration officials, including those from both diplomatic and military branches, held the closed-door meeting with a handful of senators Wednesday while the latter’s colleagues, Sens. McCain and Graham, were busy holding their own press conference.
The duo called for a special committee to further investigate the details of the Sept. 11 attack on the consulate in Benghazi. The next day, CNN’s congressional producer Ted Barrett — who had the unfortunate honor of being called a “jackass
” by former Rep. Anthony Weiner last June — approached McCain in a Capitol hallway about his absence from the meeting.
Clearly the Arizona senator was unhappy
with this request.
“I have no comment about my schedule,” McCain said, “and I’m not going to comment on how I spend my time to the media.”
When Barrett inquired further into why he refused to answer the question, McCain shot back with anger.
“Because I have the right as a senator to have no comment,” he said. “And who the hell are you to tell me whether I can or not? . . . I’m upset that you keep badgering me.”
Indeed, McCain has recently been getting testy with the media. He responded
in a similar manner Wednesday after a reporter asked whether the classified documents uncovered throughout the Petraeus sex scandal have any national security implications.
“I say with great respect,” McCain said, “that’s one of the dumbest questions I’ve ever heard.”
He subsequently used the term ‘four dead Americans’ more than seven times within the span of less than one minute.