Sen. Cornyn: 'Administration has taken lying to a new level'
December 2nd, 2013
05:51 PM ET
8 months ago

Sen. Cornyn: 'Administration has taken lying to a new level'

Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration isn’t always truthful with the American people, a top Republican senator charged Monday.

“I think the current administration has taken lying to a new level,” Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said bluntly as he tied the administration’s flawed explanations about the deadly incident at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya to its faulty promises about the new healthcare reform law.

“Since the terrible tragedy that took four American lives in Benghazi, we’ve had difficulty, to put it mildly, trying to get to the bottom of this,” the second-ranking Senate Republican said during a Google Hangout session he held while the Senate is on recess.  “Now the goal is to talk to the Benghazi survivors – people who were actually there who could tell the truth and expose what happened and hold the people responsible accountable.  This has been a cover up from the very beginning.”

Cornyn, a frequent administration critic who is running for re-election, said that same lack of accountability is resurfacing as the White House tries to explain the problems with Obamacare.

“To me, that’s the one thing I find most aggravating about what’s happening in Washington these days, particularly about this administration.  Which is a lack of accountability and the willingness to mislead people or provide them just demonstrably false information and expect to be able to move on,” he said.  “We’ve seen this most recently in the health care debate over ‘if you like what you have you can keep it,’ something that we can go back to 2010 and demonstrate that the Department of Health and Human Services knew was false.”

Cornyn said Republicans are trying to get to the bottom of Benghazi and the health law promises but are struggling to do so “when the administration decides to cover this up and mislead and to change the subject as they seem to be very good at doing.”


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soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. AB

    “I think the current administration has taken lying to a new level,” Sen. John Cornyn of Texas....
    Umm, no Mr Texas Senator, that level was reached by your very own Texan, Bush, with Iraq and WMDs. Sad to see you think a health care plan's wording is more catastrophic than invading a country illegally and killing 120,000± civilians. – AB in SB

    December 2, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  2. davecu

    Will this rise to an impeachable offense?
    If not, why not.

    He lied to get re-elected, to shirk responsibility for NSA, IRS, Benghazi etc.
    His re-elected was based upon fraud.

    December 2, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  3. steve

    I wonder what Cornyn feels thinks about W's administration statements about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?

    December 2, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  4. HillClimber

    The Senator is absolutely right...ooops, I forgot about George Walker Bush too! Maybe the Senator is not quite right after all. New Heights, in fact, Guinness World Record heights of lying, was achieved by the 43rd pResident, George Walker Bush.

    December 2, 2013 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  5. Mightyduk

    The web site is working properly so now do nothings like this clueless waste of space needs to continue his mouth campaign instead of doing anything remotely constructive.

    December 2, 2013 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  6. sammy750

    Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, a guy who have over a million without Health Insurance in his state, Medicaid was not expanded in TX and he says Obama lies. This guy, like T. Cruz is just part of the radical, do nothing Republicans taking a salary and benefits from the people and doing nothing. They are living the comfortable life, on the tax payers money and all they do is TRASH TALK. Both are 2 of the biggest RACIST in TX.

    December 2, 2013 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  7. Emilio Dumphque

    What a dope! Bush got lots of people killed in embassy attacks. Reagan got over 200 marines killed in a single attack. Why does Obama deserve such vitriol?? Because Bush and Reagan are white and get a pass?

    December 2, 2013 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. Dave

    Has to be from Texas, is the only explanation.

    December 2, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  9. Marko Polo

    Correction, all politicians have taken lying to new heights, including you Senator.

    December 2, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  10. sammy750

    Sen. John Cornyn of Texas never had any concerns about deaths at other embassies or consulates, why is he now concerned about these 4 deaths, it is because of BLACK Obama. I think so. Consulates were attack and people killed under other Presidents and the Republicans threw those under the rug, tried to hide those deaths. So why now Cornyn?

    December 2, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  11. Steve

    From the party that invaded Iraq.

    December 2, 2013 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  12. David

    ROTFLMAO. What a joke. From the party that ACTUALLY had scandals (remember Reagan and the Republicans sold weapons to our enemies, Muslim terrorists, Iran, to fun an illegal war)...they just keep making up these fake scandals. Obama's birth certificate scandal (fake). The IRS scandal (fake). Benghazi scandal (fake). We were attacked in Benghazi, just like our Marine barracks were attacked in Beirut under Ronald Reagan. It's a terrorist attack. How is that OUR fault. This Republicans should be ASHAMED of themselves. They're completely corrupt and THEY'RE the party that invaded the wrong country, sold weapons to our enemies, Watergate anyone? But all they come up with are fake scandals.

    December 2, 2013 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  13. dc

    It's called "Whack-A-Mole." Never let the opposition focus on any one issue for too long.......

    December 2, 2013 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  14. bob

    Refresh me as to how many attacks happened at embassies and consulates and the resultant deaths on Bush's watch? Where was the outrage then? Also, most all were outside of Iraq and Afghanistan.

    December 2, 2013 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  15. Radgast

    NEW FLASH: Member of congress upset about people in government lying !

    December 2, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  16. Bill

    This is news? All politicians lie, red or blue.

    December 2, 2013 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  17. Zwei Stein

    Oh...and I thought that Senator Cornyn was taking lying to a new level. Set the bar high senators.

    December 2, 2013 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  18. scootfl78

    Coryn: Who cares about the thousands upon thousands of troops and civilians killed because of the Bush Administration lie about Iraq. What's important is the GOP and their rich friends and all the money they're missing out on because President Obama believes the middle class and poor deserve adequate and affordable health care coverage.

    Awww, let's all feel sorry for poor Senator Coryn and all his cronies.

    December 2, 2013 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  19. John

    The sad part is, this guy thinks republicans walk on the high road.

    December 2, 2013 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  20. Gurgyl

    Lying is WMD, Death Panel, Iran-contra, Haliburton contracts, Escaping Bin Laden from Tora Bora, etc. USA does not give darn hoot on Benghazi bs. Learn. This idiot is crazy guy.

    December 2, 2013 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  21. cal usa

    This from the guy who lied on the Senate floor claiming that abortions made up 95% of Planned Parenthood procedures. When faced with the fact that this was a blatant lie, he just dismissed it as "not meant to be factually corrrect". What a piece of work.....

    December 2, 2013 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  22. John

    "“Since the terrible tragedy that took four American lives in Benghazi, we’ve had difficulty, to put it mildly, trying to get to the bottom of this,”
    Just as soon as you get to the bottom of the terrible tragedy that took thousands of American lives in Iraq, you can open your mouth.

    December 2, 2013 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  23. Sheila

    Voting for Hillary "What Difference Does it Make" Clinton? Think twice. And remember, Obamacare is just Hillary Care in every way that matters.

    December 2, 2013 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  24. Alpha Deus

    Did this moron not listen to the 60 minutes apology...or does he not care...???.

    Tea party republicans...they are going to have to invent decimal point IQ specially for these MUTTS!

    December 2, 2013 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  25. JG

    OMG, is the Locomotive calling the pot Black? When are bush's tax breaks going to grow the middle class? Where is the WMD senator? 2 trillion tax dollars were spent destabilizing Iraq, 3527 AMERICAN soldiers died for cheney and bush's LIES and you have the audacity to call the Dems liers. They certainly are, but they cannot hold a candle to you gop criminals without consciences. You guys make goebbels proud.

    December 2, 2013 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
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