CNN's Soledad O'Brien grilled Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) today on the GOP's hypocritical opposition to the potential nomination of UN Ambassador Susan Rice as secretary of state. Ninety-seven House Republicans signed a letter against Susan Rice based on the false conspiratorial claim that she knowingly made misleading statements about Benghazi. O'Brien pointed out that Republicans, including those leading the charge, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), oppose Susan Rice but supported Condoleezza Rice's nomination for secretary of state under the Bush administration. Burgess can't adequately explain why they didn't oppose Condoleezza Rice, who incorrectly assessed WMD in Iraq as national security adviser. Watch:
O’BRIEN: I have asked others before how this does not compare, the Susan Rice issue, to the Condoleezza Rice issue on weapons of mass destruction. She was also wrong when she was the national security adviser, right? … Fast forward three years in 2005 when she was up to be secretary of state, it was Lindsey Graham who was furious that the Democrats were pushing back. It was Sen John McCain who were furious that the Democrats were pushing back on Condoleezza Rice to be Secretary of State. She was wrong on weapons of mass destruction. How is this different?
BURGESS: The difference is the scrutiny provided by our free press in this country. Condoleezza Rice was exposed to withering criticism by the press. I don’t see that happening now. Maybe I’ve missed something in the talking points, but I don’t see that happening...
O’BRIEN: So you’re confusing me there for a moment. When you say the scrutiny on the press — are you saying five days after comments of weapons of mass destruction, you feel like the media was picking apart Condoleezza Rice? I don’t think that’s true, Sir. Most people say that’s not the case. It took a long time. ...Hey, I’m all about scrutiny. I guess I like consistency, too. You were not calling for more scrutiny and you weren’t saying that the fact that Condoleezza Rice was wrong on weapons of mass destruction was going to damage her credibility as secretary of state. Again, McCain and Lindsey Graham were supporting that. It seems just contradictory to me.
BURGESS: You’ll have to take that up with Senator McCain and Senator Graham.