GOP senator alleges cover-up on Libya

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Associated Press

Posted on October 14, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 15 at 4:04 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are shrugging off Republican accusations that President Barack Obama's aides deliberately covered up the details of the Sept. 11 attack in Libya that killed a U.S. ambassador.

Sen. Lindsey Graham says he believes the administration is trying to keep voters from questioning Obama's handling of the war on terror. He told CBS' "Face the Nation" that he believes the administration knew within 24 hours that the Benghazi attack was a coordinated assault but wanted people to think the president had dismantled al-Qaida.

While the White House is declining comment on the charge, the top Democrat on the House committee investigating the attack is dismissing it. Congressman Elijah Cummings calls the charge ridiculous "conspiracy stuff."

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139-a-08-(Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., in interview)-"up with them (second reference)"-Republican Senator Lindsey Graham says the Obama administration hoped no one would expose the terrorism in Benghazi, because it hurts the administration's claim that it's defeating al-Qaida. COURTESY: CBS' "Face the Nation" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (14 Oct 2012)

<<CUT *139 (10/14/12)>> 00:08 "up with them (second reference)"

137-a-11-(Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., in interview)-"within 24 hours"-Republican Senator Lindsey Graham says he's sure the Obama administration knew right away that the Benghazi attack was an act of terrorism. COURTESY: CBS' "Face the Nation" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (14 Oct 2012)

<<CUT *137 (10/14/12)>> 00:11 "within 24 hours"

138-a-15-(Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., in interview)-"undercuts that narrative"-Republican Senator Lindsey Graham says the Obama administration tried to keep the act of terrorism in Benghazi under wraps to maintain its credibility about winning the war on terror. COURTESY: CBS' "Face the Nation" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (14 Oct 2012)

<<CUT *138 (10/14/12)>> 00:15 "undercuts that narrative"

140-a-10-(Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., in interview)-"that never occurred"-Republican Senator Lindsey Graham says the Obama administration must explain why it insisted that the Benghazi attack was civil unrest over an American-made anti-Islam movie rather than a carefully planned terrorist act. COURTESY: CBS' "Face the Nation" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (14 Oct 2012)

<<CUT *140 (10/14/12)>> 00:10 "that never occurred"

113-w-36-(David Melendy, AP correspondent, with David Axelrod, senior adviser, Obama campaign, and Ed Gillespie, senior adviser, Romney campaign)--Advisers to President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney differ over the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and whether the Obama administration has handled it responsibly. More from AP correspondent David Melendy. (14 Oct 2012)

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107-q-13-(David Axelrod, senior adviser, Obama campaign, in interview)-"was responding to"-Obama campaign senior adviser David Axelrod was asked why Vice President Joe Biden said they were unaware of requests for more security at the U.S. consulate in Bengahazi, Libya, when State Department officials testified before Congress that the requests had been denied. COURTESY: 'Fox News Sunday" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (14 Oct 2012)

<<CUT *107 (10/14/12)>> 00:13 "was responding to"

108-a-15-(David Axelrod, senior adviser, Obama campaign, in interview)-"and he did"-Obama campaign senior adviser David Axelrod says that despite the serious nature of the Benghazi attack, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has exploited it by turning it into a political controversy.COURTESY: 'Fox News Sunday" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (14 Oct 2012)

<<CUT *108 (10/14/12)>> 00:15 "and he did"

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