Inhofe said Obama's contention that Fox News is perpetuating the myth of a Benghazi coverup is an "outrageous lie."
O'Reilly pressed President Obama during the Super Bowl Sunday interview on his meeting with Secretary of Defense Panetta directly after the Benghazi compound was assaulted. Particularly, O'Reilly questioned whether Panetta relayed information from General Carter Ham indicating Benghazi was in fact a terrorist attack. President Obama was careful to avoid any characterization of what Panetta actually told him that night, instead loosely asserting the Secretary of Defense informed him "we've got an attack on our compound."
Inhofe tore into President Obama for his failure to be forthright with O'Reilly, telling the radio host Obama's Sunday comments are simply the most recent example of a historic coverup, comparable to Iran-Contra or Watergate. "This was a cover-up in order for people right before the election to think that there was no longer a problem with terrorism in the Middle East," he said:
JAMES INHOFE: It’s just an outrageous lie, it is kind of hard to call it anything else. It’s kind of like Obamacare. He has to come up and say something and blame someone else.
I will say this to my dying day — I know people don’t realize it now — but that’s going to go down in history as the greatest cover-up. And I’m talking about compared to the Pentagon Papers, Iran-Contra, Watergate and the rest of them. This was a cover-up in order for people right before the election to think that there was no longer a problem with terrorism in the Middle East.