During a joint news conference with visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron, President Barack Obama defends his administration's actions after the wake of the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last year, calling Congressional criticism a political sideshow, at the White House in Washington, Monday, May 13, 2013. (Photo: AP/J. Scott Applewhite)
Columnist Charles Krauthammer on the "O'Reilly Factor" Tuesday night said the "biggest scandal of all" regarding the Benghazi attacks on Sept. 11, 2012, has yet to emerge.
"I think there is a bigger story here, here's the one that will in time come out," Krauthammer said. "The biggest scandal of all, the biggest question is: What was the president doing in those eight hours?"
"He had a routine meeting at five o’clock. He never after, during the eight hours when our guys have their lives in danger, he never called the Secretary of Defense, he never calls the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, he never calls the CIA Director," Krauthammer continued. "Who does he call? About five hours in he calls the Secretary of State. And after the phone call she releases a statement essentially about the video and how we denounce any intolerance. It looks as if the only phone call was to construct a cover story at a time when the last two Americans who died were still alive and fighting for their lives. There’s the scandal and that has to be uncovered.”
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Krauthammer's thoughts come as the Obama administration is in the throes of several other scandals, including the IRS targeting conservative groups and two cases of the Department of Justice conducting investigations into leaks that involved obtaining Associated Press reporters' phone records and the emails of Fox News reporter James Rosen.
Also on the show, Krauthammer addressed Attorney General Eric Holder who has been under fire for how the Justice Department obtained information regarding members of the media for its investigations.
Krauthammer said he thinks Holder "would have to go because he is a liability to the president." A couple weeks ago, President Barack Obama said he had "complete confidence in Eric Holder as attorney general."
Krauthammer acknowledged Obama's support for Holder but said "now he learns that he clearly did not say the truth, and he can’t pretend that he didn’t remember because he signs a lot of stuff.
"Because the release from the Department of Justice was, he didn’t only sign the search warrant against Rosen that essentially named him as a co-defendant, criminal co-defendant, he actually discussed it. So he can’t say like Hillary did, ‘Oh, I sign a lot of stuff. I can’t remember,'" Krauthammer said.
This story has been updated to correct a typo.