Lindsey Graham Vows to Block Obama Nominees Until Benghazi Survivors Testify

The Republican senator says he'll block every Obama appointment until he gets what he wants

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Senator Lindsey Graham speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington on Oct. 16, 2013

South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Monday he will block President Barack Obama’s nominees for executive branch positions until survivors of the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi testify before Congress.

“And where are the survivors? Fourteen months later, the people who survived the attack in Benghazi have not been made available to the U.S. Congress for oversight purposes,” Graham said on Fox & Friends Monday morning, referring to the attack in Libya that left four Americans dead, including the top American diplomat there. “So I’m going to block every appointment in the United States Senate until the survivors are being made available to Congress.”

Graham, a Republican, has been a critic of the Obama administration’s handling of the Benghazi attack and its aftermath.

His vow comes on the heels of a 60 Minutes report Sunday that revealed new details about the sophistication behind the attack. Critics have accused the White House of misleading the public in the first days following the attack, when the Administration’s public statements portrayed it as a random act of mob violence rather than a coordinated terrorist assault. The 60 Minutes report includes interviews with eyewitnesses who described warning signs in the days leading up the assault, like al-Qaeda flags flying in the streets of Benghazi and online postings stating al-Qaeda’s intentions.

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25 comments
DaveAllen
DaveAllen

Unfortunately, the main eyewitness CBS interviewed wasn't even at the embassy and didn't arrive until hours afterward.  CBS is having to backpeddle on that, ala Dan Rather and his false report on George Bush's military record.

RossMiller
RossMiller

They already did testify.  man these fools are desperate

bmullan.mail
bmullan.mail

 Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) acknowledged to CNN that House Republicans had consciously voted to reduce the funds allocated to the State Department for embassy security since winning the majority in 2010.

CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien asked the Utah Republican if he had "voted to cut the funding for embassy security."

"Absolutely," Chaffetz said. "Look we have to make priorities and choices in this country. We have…15,000 contractors in Iraq. We have more than 6,000 contractors, a private army there, for President Obama, in Baghdad.    

Chaffetz went on to say:  And we’re talking about can we get two dozen or so people into Libya to help protect our forces. When you’re in tough economic times, you have to make difficult choices. You have to prioritize things.”

walnut28
walnut28

Seriously?  What does Benghazi have to do w/ replacing Bernanke and the need for a top rate economist in Presidential cabinat????   I'm not saying it's not tragic, but 4 people died in Benghazi!!!!   ANd for this we're going to (again) risk messing w/ the US economy????  Read the Book "unbroken" about the totally unnecessary deaths during WW II -- 70% of deaths in the Pacific theater between 1945 and 47  were NOT from enemy interaction.   We fought WW II w/ a huge amount of unnecessary human sacrifice.  I was surprised to read that the 4 deaths in Benghazi were from smoke inhalation.  It was terrible that those called upon didn't respond sooner.  SHameful.  But -- as with the recent recounting by (delayed) Medal of Honor recipient, William Swenson -- there are a lot of mistakes and lack of responsiveness incidents that go unreported.  I suspect Graham's motives have nothing to do with his concern for the U.S. 

outsider
outsider

Nuclear option, Harry. 

Enough is enough. 

Ohiolib
Ohiolib

Up next: Will Graham hold his breathe until he turns blue unless he gets a cookie?!? Will he crap his pants unless Obama agrees to repeal Obamacare? Will he whine incessantly unless Obama resigns?

reallife
reallife

Took you more than a year to do this? you're going down with mccain and the rest of your rino gutless buddies.

jmac
jmac

". . .  as former Bush administration official Brad Blakeman explained to Megyn Kelly, survivors who are members of the intelligence community wouldn't be able to testify in public about their clandestine work. Instead, they'd have to tell their stories behind closed doors on Capitol Hill. Just like they've already told their stories behind closed doors to the FBI and to State Department investigators."

But that doesn't give Joe diGenova and his wife Victoria Toensing enough Fox exposure.   Can't we just make them Special Prosecutors and get the show on the road?  The mid-terms!  It's important.  

sacredh
sacredh

Another scumbag GOPer has a hissy fit.

Sue_N
Sue_N

Will someone please get Sen. Pittypat his smelling salts?

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MrObvious
MrObvious

Mrs Vapors screams Benghazi. Sorry, but you'll still end up in a primary with a teabillie. They don't care. At one point you said something reasonable and that was the one time enough. They demand purity and fanaticism. 

ThomasHall
ThomasHall

The GOP have blocked an all-time record of 430+ Democratic bills, presidential appointments, and imposed 60-vote super majority requirements so what else is new for the do-nothing, obstructionist GOP whose organized cabal of GOP leadership from day one has been to block everything this President and Democrats have tried to do not for the good of the country but for their own partisan political gains which is what Graham latest threat is about.

After Bush-Cheney invaded two sovereign nations neither of which attacked America on 911 and hundreds of US-Coalition soldiers were wounded or died based upon lies, arrogance, incompetence, and war profiteering greed that Graham and the GOP actually care about government workers is unlikely. Recall that only four Americans died during and after the overthrow of a murderous dictator Ghaddafi because of US intervention in which most GOP opposed.

The closest comparison to Benghazi is the US Marine barracks bombing under Reagan in which 255 Marines were killed because of improper security and then Reagan responded by cutting and running emboldening our jihidist enemies. There were no long, drawn-out and multiple hearings by Democrats.

So far desperate to get anything on the White House, Graham and the GOP still have nothing. Since 1/09 when Pres. Obama came into office, seen anything the GOP have actually done to improve or create jobs or to benefit the weak economy which they created. In fact, even conservative business and financial media are acknowledging that the GOP's deliberate obstructionism has cost upwards of three million jobs, cut GDP growth by 1% or more and their ongoing extortionist tactics cost Americans trillion in 2011 when their manufactured debt ceiling crisis dropped the DOW 2,500 points and their latest fed shutdown fiasco has cost over $24 billion.

barneydidit
barneydidit

So if I turn on Fox News right now, I'm virtually guaranteed to enjoy the site of a bunch of right wing pundits telling us where the Obama administration is failing- health care web site, immigration proposals, job creation, etc. and yet the GOP's solution to these issues is apparently to obstruct the President's ability to put people into positions where they can address these issues?

My guess is that the GOP is attempting to see how low their approval rating can possibly drop. 

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

Being a rightwing crank won't save you from being TPed Lindsey.

anon76
anon76

"Critics have accused the White House of misleading the public in the first days following the attack, when the Administration’s public statements portrayed it as a random act of mob violence rather than a coordinated terrorist assault."

Well-reasoned statement of one side's view on the subject.  Has the White House ever pushed back against that statement, and has any of the evidence backed up or negated their counter-claim?  Has there been any congressional investigation into the incident?  Do you have anything to say as to whether the estimable gentleman from South Carolina is pursuing this out of legitimate concern for the lives and livelihood of Obama's diplomatic bureaucracy, or whether he might be doing it as part of a general pattern of obstruction at all costs on behalf of Senate Republicans?


Arimathean
Arimathean

Phenomenal.  You'd think Republicans would wait at least a month to try obstructing government to get their way again.

anon76
anon76

@reallife 

Sick 'em, Rusty!  Time to get a real (TM) Republican into the Senate.  Keep it up!  No stopping until every current GOP member has been primaried out.  That'll put the fear of God into 'em!

sacredh
sacredh

@AlisonS49216591, please just start a meth lab and quit spamming. You'll make far more money and won't annoy us. 

tommyudo
tommyudo

@MrObvious 


Lindsey would be a much happier "warrior" if he just would come out like Larry Craig.

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

@ThomasHall"The GOP have blocked an all-time record of 430+ Democratic bills, presidential appointments..."

Yeah, when I read the post I though: how is anyone supposed to notice? I guess once respectable mainstream news outlets like TIME could start lobbing FOX links.

"A greater share of presidentially appointed positions that require Senate confirmation were sitting vacant at the end of Obama’s first term than at the end of Bill Clinton’s or George W. Bush’s first terms...

At least 68 of the positions remain vacant, including 43 that have been vacant for more than a year."

http://www.propublica.org/article/under-obama-more-appointments-go-unfilled

oldwhiteguy
oldwhiteguy

@anon76 Ha. There have been 8 House and Senate committees that have looked into the attack. There have been 18 hearings, 40 administration briefings and an estimated 25,000 pages of documents produced. No evidence of wrongdoing has ever been uncovered.  Hillary Clinton herself appointed an Accountability Review Board to investigate the incident that included two former Republican administration officials. Following their report, she implemented  all of the board's 29 recommendations and took disciplinary actions against several people in the State Department. Benghazi is standard right wing cover-up conspiracy claptrap that's been in the playbook since McCarthy's allegations of commies in the army.

jmac
jmac

@tommyudo @MrObvious That's exactly what I thought when I read the headline.   Butters needs to wash his soul in honesty and be a better person.   Maybe it's his southern upbringing that makes him cling to his culture and hide, but enough is enough.

At this point, he's not only hurting us as a nation, he's hurting his party - Benghazi is a stretch in helping for the mid-terms and shows just how desperate his party has become.  

jmac
jmac

@oldwhiteguy @anon76 They can't help themselves.  It's all they've got.  When you've reached the bottom of the barrel, there's no place to go but wallow in the dregs.  

One hearing on the Downing Street Memo (in a basement)  - and now this.   We really are a Fox News Nation.