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November 16th, 2012
10:18 PM ET

Rep. Rohrabacher: Obama lied

Anderson Cooper asks Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California to provide evidence of his claim the president "knew this was a terrorist attack."
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November 16th, 2012
12:15 AM ET

Lawmakers' take on Benghazi footage

Republican Rep. Peter King and Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff discuss surveillance and drone video of the September 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya.

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November 16th, 2012
12:13 AM ET

Congress sees attack video

Lawmakers viewed videos of the September 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya behind closed doors during hearings today. CNN's Dana Bash says, "It was like a political Rorschach Test."

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November 14th, 2012
11:52 PM ET

McCain: Susan Rice never declared she was wrong on Libya

Sen. McCain says he'll block U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice from becoming Secretary of State, if she's selected, because of her statements characterizing the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya as a spontaneous demonstration days after the incident.

"It was obvious to one and all that this was not a "spontaneous demonstration" because in real time they saw that there was no demonstration," said McCain. "Everybody knew that it was an al Qaeda attack and she continued to tell the world through all the talk shows that it was a "spontaneous demonstration" sparked by a video. That's not competence in my view."

Critics point out that McCain and other Republicans defended Condoleezza Rice after she made a case for invading Iraq based on false intelligence about weapons of mass destruction when she was National Security Adviser.  Anderson asked the senator if there's a double standard. "I think these are two entirely different cases," said McCain.


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November 14th, 2012
05:30 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Sen. McCain responds to Pres. Obama

Editor's note: Anderson Cooper interviews Sen. John McCain about why he is calling for an investigation into the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya. Watch AC360° at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.

At a White House news conference today, President Obama had a message for Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain: Don't go after Ambassador Susan Rice. The president was responding to their criticism of Rice's characterization of the September 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The senators also vowed to try to block her nomination as Secretary of State, if she is chosen by Obama.

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October 25th, 2012
03:20 PM ET

E-mails: White House knew of extremist claims in Benghazi attack

Editor's note: Anderson Cooper spoke with Bob, Baer, Fran Townsend, and Suzanne Kelly about the e-mail, and the suspect in the consulate attack currently being held in Tunisia.

Two hours after first being notified of an attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, a government e-mail to the White House, the State Department and the FBI said an Islamist group had claimed credit, according to a copy obtained by CNN.

An initial e-mail was sent while the attack was still underway, and another that arrived two hours later - sent from a State Department address to various government agencies including the executive office of the president - identified Ansar al-Sharia as claiming responsibility for the attack on its Facebook page and on Twitter.

The group denied responsibility the next day.

However, the e-mails raise further questions about the seeming confusion on the part of the Obama administration to determine the nature of the September 11 attack that left U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans dead.

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October 24th, 2012
10:26 PM ET

US Intel believes some Benghazi attackers tied to al Qaeda in Iraq

U.S. intelligence believes that assailants connected to al Qaeda in Iraq were among the core group that attacked the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, a U.S. government official told CNN.

That would represent the second al Qaeda affiliate associated with the deadly September 11 attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

Previously, intelligence officials said there were signs of connections to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the North African wing of the terror group.

The revelation that members of al Qaeda in Iraq are suspected of involvement in the Libya attack comes at a time when there is a growing number of fighters from that group also taking part in the Syrian civil war.

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October 24th, 2012
10:03 PM ET

McCain: Media given facts before we were

On AC360 Wednesday, Sen. John McCain responds to Hillary Clinton telling reporters that an accountability review board will look at all aspects of the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. She made a point of saying that they won't be "cherry-picking"  stories and documents about the incident. Clinton was referring to e-mails sent on the day of the assault to the White House, State Department and FBI identifying an Islamist group as taking credit, which they later denied.

"I'm all for a thorough and complete investigation, but certain facts are known and there continues to be contradictions within the government. And we now find out, we members of Congress, rather than being briefed, we find out from the news media," said McCain. He told Anderson he doesn't expect that the results of the review board will be made public until after the November 6 election.

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October 19th, 2012
10:53 PM ET

What role will Benghazi play in debate?

Ari Fleischer and Paul Begala discuss the likely topics for the upcoming presidential debate focusing on foreign policy.

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October 19th, 2012
10:44 PM ET

Benghazi attack: Who knew what when?

New questions about Benghazi attacks timeline. CNN National Security Contributor Fran Townsend and CNN Contributor Robert Baer discuss.

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