Washington Post editor Bob Woodward called Tuesday for a “neutral” investigation of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya to see if there is any evidence of a cover-up, but said he has seen no proof the Obama administration lied to conceal what happened leading up to the violence in Benghazi that left four Americans dead.
“I haven’t seen. . . . There is no evidence of that,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning Watergate reporter told Fox News’ Sean Hannity, who suggested the Libyan attack could end up being President Barack Obama’s Watergate.
“For 40 years, I have covered too many of these things, where sometimes there is a cover up, sometimes there are people lying, at all kinds of levels," Woodward continued, adding, “You have to get in there and get the details.”
He agreed with Hannity “that this should be examined in depth by somebody neutral in the media.”
“The congressional committee should be looking at this,” Woodward said. “I mean, this is why we have the intelligence committees in the House and the Senate. This is made for them to examine — they should.”
At least one congressional panel — the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chaired by Republican Rep. Darrell Issa — was scheduled to hold a preliminary hearing today on security issues related to the attack, which occurred on Sept. 11 in Benghazi. The U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three other Americans were killed.
Woodward, who appeared on the Hannity news show to promote his new book, “The Price of Politics,” was critical of what Obama told the nation after al-Qaida terrorist leader Osama bin Laden was killed.
He suggested the president should never have made the statement that al-Qaida is “on its heels” because it sent the wrong message to the world.
“Well, it’s true, Osama bin Laden is dead. But to say al-Qaida is back on its heels is just not a wise thing for the leader to say because that is an aggravation to al-Qaida,” Woodward said.
“I think it is true they are on their heels, but they’re still very dangerous,” he continued, noting that when “intelligence professionals . . . hear the president say something like that, they gasp because that is an incentive for al-Qaida.”
“The best thing to do in the intelligence [community] is to sit back and say: ‘We are doing our job. We are still worried. The professionals are still worried,’ and, yes, they got bin Laden,” Woodward added.
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