Sen. Cornyn: 'Administration has taken lying to a new level'
December 2nd, 2013
05:51 PM ET
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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. lcp75050

    Well, if anyone could recognize a liar, it would be John Cornyn. He's a pathetic Senator for Texas. He needs to go in the next eelction.

    December 2, 2013 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  2. T. Howell

    The only time you can be sure a politician isn't lying, is when they tell you their opponent is lying.

    December 2, 2013 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  3. BananaSlug

    Yes, this is so much worse than the million innocent civilians that died after Bush lied.

    December 2, 2013 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  4. jeff

    Wow, this is serious, this guy is one of the biggest liars ever, he sure should know about lying. He's about as credible as
    as Rush Lindbaugh. What a loser.

    December 2, 2013 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  5. notogop

    Now let me see, how was it we got into the Iraq War that cost thousands of American lives, ruined our reputation abroad, and cost a trillion dollars or so? Oh yeah! Bush, Cheney, et al lied about WMDs among other things. I believe this is the "pot calling the kettle" syndrome.

    December 2, 2013 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  6. Paul

    Senator Cornyn, stop looking for and creating another "crisis". Start working together to help the American public. Your obstruction, blocking, stalling, and lying is hurting everyone. Work together.

    December 2, 2013 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  7. Reasonable Descent

    Remember Benghazi!!!

    December 2, 2013 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  8. Peppy

    All they had to do was admit they got caught off guard, but nooooo !!! Had to lie, it is just insane that bammy and his cohorts lie about everything even when not needed.

    December 2, 2013 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  9. pops

    Maybe the Senator can figure out why a fertilizer plant in his State blew up? Maybe since his State doesn't regulate safety we should hold an emergency session in the US Senate to punish these corporate lackeys? I say, get your own house in order Senator!

    December 2, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  10. jinx9to88

    This clown must not have been around from 2000 – 2008 or he has selective hearing or blind. I hate to bring this up but 13 embassies were attacked under Bush and 50+ plus people died. Now I ask this GOP clown were was the concern then? Were those 50+ lives not important as the 4 that died in Benghazi? GOP are hypocrites!!!

    December 2, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  11. renegade98

    Sorry Cornyn, you repubs take the cake on lying. Your still in top spot, you need not worry.

    December 2, 2013 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  12. Daniel

    Pretty dead on....finally a backbone. In 30 minutes the comments will be off.

    December 2, 2013 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  13. Randy, San Francisco

    Where was Sen Cornyn when President Bush claimed Iraq had WMDs? Motive for the close scrutiny of the Benghazi attack? Politics of course!

    December 2, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  14. Christopher Rose

    man. Nothing there. If there were the newspapers would be all over it. The only thing there is wishful thinking by partisans. Period. Obama has enough legitimate things you can criticize. Quit playing wasteful games.

    December 2, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  15. Kevin O'Neill

    Hey, Sen. Cornyn, what about the Republican (Bush/Cheney) lies that took us into Iraq and caused 4 THOUSAND American lives?!!

    December 2, 2013 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  16. divejoy

    One politician accusing another of lying is like a pot calling the kettle black.

    December 2, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  17. Evergreen

    My favorite lie of all time: Iraq war will not cost the taxpayer because Iraqi oil will pay for the war. That lie cost the taxpayers over a trillion dollars and the money was borrowed from China.

    December 2, 2013 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  18. John Smith

    Cornyn says the administration is lying about Benghazi and taking it to a new level. But the administration has an incredibly long way to go to match the baldfaced lies Dick Cheney told about the Iraq war. And Cornyn supported that.

    December 2, 2013 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  19. MP

    Help!!, How can the pot call the kettle black. There is no comparison to the lies told by Republicans, how can they accuse anyone. They took a country to war based on lies and we have suffered billions of dollars in losses with nothing to show for the Iraq war, now they are talking about lying. Ha!

    December 2, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  20. DNA

    "Iraq has Weapons of Mass Destruction" Nope, haven't surpassed that level, yet.

    December 2, 2013 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  21. John

    Yeah and if he gets 5000 more Americans killed for nothing and 30 thousand wounded for nothing he'll be tied with Bush. Whatda liar.

    December 2, 2013 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  22. Jay In Denver

    Wow, CNN. No more reporting, huh? Just credulously repeating press releases from the right wing noise machine...

    December 2, 2013 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  23. famousboot

    No, lying hasn't been taken to some new heightened level. It's pretty much the same lying we've become accustomed to dating back to as long as I can remember. We're currently involved in Iraq because of manufactured evidence and lies that led us there. Clinton and Monica, more lies. George HW Bush – read my lips, no new taxes. Reagan and Iran-Contra. Need I go back further? Every single administration in my lifetime has lied, not a little, but monumentally and without question. I'm not old enough to comment on previous presidents. I was too busy drinking Kool-aid. But look no further than Nixon.

    December 2, 2013 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  24. TeaParty4Life

    Bait and switch and change the subject is the only CHANGE this administration has provided from the start!! Put them in prison and/or revoke their citizenship as Americans now can see what the true colors of the demoncat party...

    December 2, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  25. Craig

    Not to worry. The President said he wanted to get to the bottom of the IRS abuses. And he is certain an internet video seen by no one is the cause of the Benghazi tragedy. The President also campaigned on "no blue states and no red states", so I am sure the partisan divide is healing up nicely. And you can keep your insurance. And your doctor. And the average family premium will go down by $2,500. (Meanwhile, the lefty media tries to spin the dissatisfaction of Americans with Obama as merely having to do with the website. Hello?)

    December 2, 2013 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
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