Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Thursday people would have to be "stupid" not to believe "there's something very suspicious" about the Obama administration's response so far to the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Speaking on Fox News' "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren," Giuliani kept up the Republican criticism of the administration's mixed explanations about the attack, saying, "You can't possibly look at this and not wonder what the heck were they doing?
"Several different explanations, totally conflicting, a totally strange pattern of behavior in the four months leading up to this attack, including not protecting the embassy," Giuliani continued, referring to reports the administration new about two previous attacks on the consulate and still did not increase security.
"I mean, my goodness. You would have to be stupid not to come to the conclusion that there's something very suspicious here."
Giuliani made the comments as a number of congressional committees announced plans to begin holding hearings and briefings next week on the Benghazi attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. At the same time, the State Department said Thursday it would allow some senators to review classified cables and other documents related to the attack before the weekend.
Giuliani said he hopes the investigations will answer some very basic questions he described as nonpolitical.
"I want to know why these four men were killed. Could it have been prevented?" he told Van Susteren. "And could we have reacted to it faster, and could we have explained it a lot more honestly, and a lot more clearly in the first couple of days after it?
"Those are very, very relevant, nonpolitical questions that have to do with simple justice."
Giuliani accused the administration before the election of engaging in what he described as a "Watergate-like" cover-up of the facts surrounding the attack in Benghazi, which occurred on the 11th anniversary of Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and the Pentagon.
He refused to back off that statement in the interview with Van Susteren.
"I hate to mention Watergate, but we've seen . . . this happen before," he said on Thursday. "Sometimes the cover-up can be worse than the actual act."
Giuliani said he does not believe "this is going to go away no matter how much the White House wants to wish it away."
"This not something you can spin your way out of the way they were able to do during the campaign," he continued.
"When four Americans get killed and we don't get good answers about it, it gets any American, Republican or Democrat, pretty darn angry. I know I'm angry."
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