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April 1, 2015

Graham Threatens Nominations Logjam Over Benghazi

(Photo By Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

(Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Lindsey Graham threatened on Monday to throw a wrench into Senate operations over the investigation of last year’s attack on Americans in Benghazi, Libya.

“Fourteen months later … the survivors, the people who survived the attack in Benghazi have not been made available to the U.S. Congress for oversight purposes. So I’m going to block every appointment in the United States Senate until the survivors are being made available to Congress,” Graham said. “I’m tired of hearing from people on TV and reading about stuff in books. We need to get to the bottom of this.”

The South Carolina Republican could cause a bottleneck for routine executive branch appointments that require Senate confirmation on which Senate Democrats wouldn’t want to burn through the time needed to overcome an objection. Such procedural maneuvering wouldn’t have the same effect on high-priority nominations, though, such as that of Janet L. Yellen to chair the Federal Reserve.

Graham added praise for the investigatory efforts of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led by Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California.

He called for the House to form a select committee to do away with what he had called “stove-piping.” So far, Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, has resisted that idea.

The comments by Graham, which came Monday morning on “Fox and Friends,” followed a report that aired Sunday on the CBS News program “60 Minutes” about the circumstances of the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

Graham repeated familiar GOP criticism about the whereabouts and involvement of then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton when additional security assistance was being requested and the talking points given to current National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice (at the time the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations).

He also said that he thought the circumstances surrounding the security in advance of the attack were being kept classified for political reasons.

“We’re just beginning on Benghazi,” Graham said.

  • Aaron Mason

    It’s already been said and done. The republitards just feign outrage
    because they think it will help them in 2016. All it is doing is
    reminding people CONSTANTLY how the GOP isn’t good for anything but
    manufacturing conspiracies and whining. Oh, and obstructing, shutting
    down government, whining some more, wasting taxes and time investigating
    software bugs, obstructing some more, being racist, sexist, and acting
    like whiny little BlTCHES. Here’s a tip GOP, stop trying to help yourselves for once and start trying to help America!

    • notyranny47

      OH! I could have sworn you were talking about the Left. They’re the ones obstructing and stonewalling — on F&F, Benghazi, everything they touch it’s hands off, no looking at the facts!

      • hepette

        you cant be serious……YOU DONT ADHERE TO THE FACTS

  • Aaron Mason

    Hahaha, logjammin’ Lindsey.

  • James

    Do these guys never tire of being the party of No?

    • notyranny47

      Got your bill for the cost of your Obamacare yet? That is, unless you’re one of the Medicaid group? With $17,000,000,000,000,000 in debt and adding a trillion a year, exactly how do you imagine this will be paid? By YOU? Somebody better say NO and mean it!!!

      • Ygorbla

        The largest contributor to the long-term debt is the explosive growth of medical costs over the past decade. We need some way to lower them, or at least slow their growth; while Obamacare doesn’t go far enough, it’s a good start, and better than anything the Republicans have proposed. In the long run, it will save the government money by limiting the explosive growth in healthcare and insurance costs.

        • notyranny47

          Sir (or maam), respectfully — you’re falling for the Leftist propaganda. One of their biggest lies is that the Republicans didn’t propose very good changes to the healthcare system. They did indeed. Look up the Scalise Healthcare proposal — it’s excellent, and would result in a far better system than was in place. There were many suggestions offered by the Republicans when the Unaffordable Healthcare Act was being debated. Did you know that the Democrats wouldn’t even listen to any of their suggestions? They told them “go pound sand, we have a majority and we don’t even need your votes, so we’ll do what we want”. And one of their talking points has been “the Republicans didn’t offer any suggestions, so we had to do it on our own”. It’s typical of the lies on the Left.
          Also, with Obama bringing in illegals by the millions, in an economy where many people are losing their jobs or having to go to 28 hours a week or less BECAUSE OF OBAMACARE, plus losing their employer healthcare plans which they could afford, who will pay for this entltlement that is far larger than Social Security? It doesn’t add up, but no one addresses that. He’s actually ADVERTISING in Mexico for illegals to come here and take advantage of our “social programs”, welfare, food stamps, housing subsidies, Obamacare, etc. They pay nothing INTO our economy, they only TAKE. Seriously, if you can give me an answer as to how that can work, I’d love to hear it.

          • VRaleigh

            Notyranny, I agree and I simply can not understand why our liberal brothers and sisters can not see the dangerous path we are on. I wonder has hatred over the conservative worldview so blinded them from seeing the truth? I have come to the point were i can no longer hold Pres. Obama responsible. Congress has enough to impeach him and has failed to act. Perhaps the real blame is with us pew warmers who discuss this over blogs instead of steam rolling our leaders to take action.

      • James

        Aside from the fact this piece has nothing to do with the ACA, over half of the debt that bothers you so much is from our GOP politicians.

        • notyranny47

          But you ignore the fact that Obama has borrowed and spent more than all Presidents from Washington to now INCLUDED, and that does include Bush. It’s just a fact. And we’re close to financial collapse and yet he wants to add $1,000,000,000,000,000 to the debt every year, 46 cents of every dollar borrowed! Who do you think will pay this back? The USA can’t pay it back, because there’s 90 TRILLION also in unfunded liabilities on top of that (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid). The Republicans have been saying for some time that we MUST reform these programs in order to save them, or they’ll just collapse. That means a spending reduction, debt reduction – do you not see that? Yet all the Democrats say “no, no entitlement reform”. After all, that’s their voters. Makes no difference how it harms and will soon collapse this nation, especially with all the illegals Obama is bringing in who will ADD to the entitlement spending. No Leftist ever answers these questions, they just demonize, call names, change the subject — all the usual Alinsky techniques!

          • James

            The debt under Obama has risen by 4.7 trillion in his first 4 years, under GWBush it rose 4.9 trillion, under Clinton it rose 1.5 trillion, under GHWBush it rose 1.5 trillion, under RReagan it rose 1.8 trillion. These are the facts. Please add them up and you will see the GOP is not blameless in this. One fact is the economists attribute about 300 billion a year to the Bush tax cuts and for the most part they are still in force. I do think the recession is also a factor in these numbers. Remember GWB signed the TARP which was just shy of 500 billion.
            The fixation on illegals is baffling since most illegals are here working for American companies and citizens who are breaking the law. If you really want the illegals out then advocate for those people to be thrown in jail and when there is no reason to come they will not. The criminal element could care less what any of us think or want.
            fyi, you were the one who ‘changed’ the subject to the ACA and the debt.

  • voltaic

    Graham and his GOP bozos don’t mind killing thousands and spending a trillion$ on invading Iraq over those fantasy WMDs, but when four die tragically in a hostile country, they feign outrage.

  • Coloredman

    He is just a phony and hypocrite LG. 45000 died and 2Trillion squandered in Iraq. When is he going to explain Iraq saga?

    • dectra

      Actually, when you factor in the cost of materiel and future health care cost for the Veterans, it’s closer to 6 Trillion.

  • ducdebrabant

    Unfortunately 60 Minutes had already lost all credibility with me over their disgraceful hatchet job (right wing driven, unresearched, shoddy journalism to the max) on Social Security Disablity. I don’t know what’s driving CBS News now, but after they turned CBS over to Tom Coburn, nothing they say about Benghazi would surprise me UNLESS it exposed what a scam the Republicans are making of it.

  • Ygorbla

    Sometimes a manufactured controversy doesn’t get anywhere, Graham. You have to know when to throw in the cards and admit that there’s nothing there.

  • dectra

    So………shutting down the Government, taking the nation to the brink of Default AND wasting 24 Billion Dollars wasn’t enough for these GOP clowns?

    Now they’ll try to do a ‘soft shutdown’ where they cry and whine and stamp their feet…and hope no one notices….

  • chinacat26

    Dear Je**s not again!
    My theory is that when a Lindsey Graham acts like a person off his meds for a period of time, and he becomes the laughingstock of the Hill, he recedes into quietude to get out of the “stupid” limelight and to have have his meds recalibrated.

  • Banshee2

    Seems everyday there is another Repug threatening to block, shut or jam something. They are like spoiled brats.

  • hepette

    But here’s what’s interesting about Clark’s recently lauded resume when viewed against the right wing’s permanent Benghazi name calling: Clark served as Reagan’s national security advisor between 1982 and 1983. On April 18, 1983, Islamic terrorists attacked the U.S. Embassy in Beirut. Sixty-three people were killed, including 17 Americans, eight of whom worked for the CIA.
    Five months later local terrorists struck again. During a lengthy air assault from nearby artillerymen, two Marines stationed at the Beirut airport were killed. Then on October 23, just days after Clark stepped down as national security advisor to become Secretary of the Interior, the Marines’ Beirut barracks cratered after a 5-ton truck driven by a suicide bomber and carrying the equivalent of 12,000 pounds of TNT exploded outside; 241 Americans were killed, marking the deadliest single attacks on U.S. citizens overseas since World War II.
    Reagan had sent 1,800 Marines to Beirut as part of a larger peacekeeping mission following the June 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon and the Palestine Liberation Organization’s withdrawal from the country. But national security experts, including some members of Reagan’s administration, warned that the Marines were vulnerable to attack.
    In the aftermath, Col. Timothy J. Geraghty, the commander of the Marines in Beirut, said, “It didn’t take a military expert to realize that our troops had been placed in an indefensible situation.” Conservative columnist William Safire referred to the Beirut debacle as Reagan’s “Bay of Pigs.”
    Conservatives have casually smeared numerous Obama officials over Benghazi for the last eleven months, yet the embassy attacks surrounding Clark’s tenure as Reagan’s national security adviser apparently did not blemish his long public career.
    Despite the chronic terror attacks on a U.S. embassy and related facilities– three separate assaults that claimed nearly 270 American lives in the span of just six months in 1983 — Judge Clark is to be remembered as a patriot. But Obama officials are supposedly guilty of the unforgivable, treasonous crime of Benghazi.

  • hepette
  • hepette

    The White House has released 100 emails showing the initial government
    discussions on how to describe the fatal attack on the U.S. compound in
    Benghazi, Libya, last year. Republicans have accused the White House of
    misrepresenting the attack in order to safeguard President Obama’s campaign for
    re-election. But the emails show no political interference from the White House
    and no objections to linking the attack to militant groups. One reference to the
    group Ansar al-Sharia was removed after discussions between
    the FBI and CIA yielded concerns over disclosing classified information and
    compromising an ongoing investigation.

  • hepette

    Stewart reminded his viewers that this Congress has had nine full hearings on Benghazi, but during the Bush administration there were fifty four attacks on diplomatic targets that killed thirteen Americans, but Congress only held three hearings total on embassy security back then with zero of the outrage we’re seeing from Republicans now.

    • hepette

      i am sick and tired of hearing their bs about benghazi!!!!!!!!

    • VRaleigh

      Who in the Bush administration gave the stand down order in each of these events? Who ordered all Americans involved to keep quiet? Who appeared on TV the following day on each of these events to give an untrue account of what happened? Oh, well, what does it matter at this point? Isn’t that the consensus of our present administration?

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