McCain Missed Private Benghazi Hearing Because of "Scheduling Error"

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Nov. 15 2012 11:12 AM

McCain Missed Private Benghazi Hearing Because of "Scheduling Error"

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 14: U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) (2nd L) on his way to attend a news conference at the U.S. Capitol November 14, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Legislators on Capitol Hill continued to question on issues related to the terrorist attack in Benghazi and the scandals surrounding the extramarital affair of former CIA Director David Petraeus and his biographer Paula Broadwell. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

Josh Rogin reports that John McCain and Rand Paul, both of them very public critics of the administration over Benghazi, skipped yesterday's private hearing on the debacle. And McCain spent basically the entirety of Wednesday criticizing the administration -- TV in the morning, a press conference in the late morning, a Senate colloquy after President Obama attacked him.

"Senator McCain was absent from the hearing due to a scheduling error," says McCain spokesman Brian Rogers.

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Why does this matter? The current round of Benghazi hearings are closed, and senators are not allowed to talk about what occurred inside them. "You'll have to read the New York Times to find out," joked Marco Rubio this week. McCain wants public, select committee hearings, which have been accurately described as "Watergate-style" -- public, on TV, key players dragged in front of a national audience. And neither the Speaker of the House nor the Senate Majority Leader want to take this step.

David Weigel, a former Slate politics reporter, is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

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