Obama: Benghazi Hearings Politically Motivated

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President Obama is responding to the mushrooming investigations into last year's deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, called the administration's response to the attack "a failure."

Now several Republicans are accusing the Obama administration of attempting to cover up the facts on Benghazi, and they're scheduling more hearings.

But the president insists there's no "new" news.

"Who executes some sort of cover-up or effort to tamp things down for three days? So the whole thing defies logic," Obama said during a news conference Monday.  "The whole thing defies logic, and the fact that this keeps getting churned out, frankly, has a lot to do with political motivations."

Issa is now seeking depositions from two officials, retired Adm. Mike Mullen and retired Ambassador Thomas Pickering. He also wants to know what former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton knew about the attack and about how she responded.

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