In an effort to pressure the Obama administration to answer a lingering question related to the Benghazi attack, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is reconsidering his pledge not to filibuster the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary, according to his spokesman Brian Rogers.
McCain wants to know if the president ever personally contacted anyone in the Libyan government during the Benghazi attack to seek assistance for the Americans in the compound. McCain, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., have been trying to get the answer for months, said Rogers, and they reiterated their request in a letter to the president on Monday.
McCain "is not calling for a filibuster in the sense of stopping the nomination cold," Rogers explained. But the senators are "entitled" to a response and it "should be very easy for the administration to answer," he said.
A decision to filibuster Hagel's nomination, would be an about face for McCain who said recently "I don't think it's appropriate and I would oppose such a move."