A day after emails obtained by Reuters revealed that White House officials had been told an Islamic militant group had claimed responsibility for last month’s attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya, Sen. Bob Corker continued to hammer the Obama administration for not being more forthright in their opening responses to the matter.
Corker, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, appeared on Fox News Thursday. During the brief interview, the senator said he believed the initial response to an attack that killed a U.S. ambassador and three American staffers embodied the “essential character” of the president and his staff.
“I think it speaks to the essential character of this administration over the last four years, and that is to always find some way to blame someone else for what’s happened,” Corker said. “As I’ve been saying from day one, the administration knew within 24 hours. I know this for a fact. I still know this for a fact, I’ve known it all along; they’ve known from the very beginning.”
Corker, who has denied seeking to politicize the matter, is one of two members of Congress to have traveled to Libya in the weeks following the attack. The senator has also written multiple letters, issued several statements and introduced legislation calling for further investigation on the matter.