According to Think Progress
, during his radio show, "The Mike Huckabee Show" on Friday morning, the Fox News host compared the Benghazi affair to President Nixon's Watergate scandal
and dropped the hint that President Obama should be impeached over the affair which he described as "more serious than Watergate."
reports he said: "I believe that before it’s all over, this president will not fill out his full term. I know that puts me on a limb. But this is not minor. It wasn't minor when Richard Nixon lied to the American people and worked with those in his administration to cover-up what really happened in Watergate. But, I remind you — 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."
Huckabee, however, said that Obama will not be impeached if Democrats are able to take control of the House and maintain control of the Senate next year. He said: "If they’re able to get control of the House and maintain the Senate, this will not happen because they won’t let it happen. And they won’t let it happen not because they’re protecting just the president, they’re trying to protect their entire political party. If they try to protect the president and their party, and do so at the expense of the truth, their president and their party will go down. Now, here’s what I’m going to suggest will happen — as the information and facts begin to come out, it will become so obvious that there was a concerted and very, very deliberate attempt to mislead this country and its people to lie to Congress, as well as to you."
: "The highest levels of people in the United States government all the way up to the president knew that what they did tell us was not true... And they continued to tell it throughout an election season and beyond, and they've tried to change the subject. And when the facts come out, they will not be able to stand. They will have lost the right to govern."
He said Benghazi was not merely political but "goes all the way to the heart of the integrity of the United States government... When a president lies to the American people and is part of a cover-up, he cannot continue to govern... And as the facts come out, I think we’re going to see something startling. And before it’s over, I don’t think this president will finish his term unless somehow they can delay it in Congress past the next three and a half years."
Hukabee's statement follows House Republicans release of portions of the testimony by Gregory Hicks, deputy chief of US mission in Libya, before the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Hicks said that US special forces were going to fly to rescue the embassy but were told to stand down. According to the Washington Examiner
, which describes Hicks in its headline as "the whistle-blower upsetting Obama's Benghazi narrative," Hicks said:
The Libyan military agreed to fly their C‑130 to Benghazi and carry additional personnel to Benghazi as reinforcements. Because we at that time — at that time, the third attack, the mortar attack at 5:15, had not yet occurred, if I remember correctly.... So Lieutenant Colonel Gibson, who is the SOCAFRICA commander, his team, you know, they were on their way to the vehicles to go to the airport to get on the C‑130 when he got a phone call from SOCAFRICA which said, you can’t go now, you don’t have authority to go now. And so they missed the flight... They were told not to board the flight, so they missed it.
Hick's testimony contradicts assertions by officials that the Obama administration used all available resources to stop the attack.
Democrats and officials of the Obama administration has reacted to Hicks' testimony. The Hill
reports that Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), ranking Democrat on the oversight committee, accused Republicans of deliberately leaking information in a selective manner that distorted the facts.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday that the State Department had already conducted a thorough investigation of the affair.