Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani accused the White House on Monday of trying to "cover up" the Libya incident and "run out the clock" on an investigation into the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi that left four Americans, including US Ambassador Chris Stevens, dead.
"They're trying to run out the clock," Giuliani said while speaking to CNN. "They can have the investigation. The investigation will be after the debate, after the election is over. What they're trying to do is cover up this scandal as much as possible."
He also blasted Vice President Joe Biden for saying last week that the White House was not aware of any requests for additional security in Libya.
"Where the heck was he?" said Giuliani. "They were demanding more security. They were begging for more security."
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When Giuliani was pressed for transcripts by CNN's anchor, Soledad O'Brien, he responded, "Man, the defensive — am I debating with the president’s campaign? I mean, the defense of the president is overwhelming."
He added, "If this weren’t a Democratic president I think all you people would be going crazy," according to Politico.
While speaking at a GOP fundraiser last week, Giuliani said, "This was a 'terrorist attack.' The president has hard time saying those words. He has a hard time saying those words because he lives in a fantasy world. The fantasy world he lives in is that Islamic extremist terrorism, even if it exists, shouldn’t be acknowledged. We pretend they’re not at war with us; we’re certainly not at war with them," according to The Observer.
On Sunday, Obama's adviser Robert Gibbs said, "We don't need shoot-from-the-hip diplomacy, and when Mitt Romney first responded to what was going on in Libya, his own party called him out for insensitivity," according to The Hill.
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Watch the exchange on CNN here: