November 10th, 2013
10:58 AM ET
1 year ago

Graham to keep holds on Obama nominees

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Lindsey Graham vowed on Sunday that he would continue to block President Barack Obama's nominations until Congress hears from Benghazi survivors.

The South Carolina lawmaker told CNN's Candy Crowley on "State of the Union" that he will place holds on any nomination put forth by the administration unless it makes available five survivors of the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, who have been interviewed by State Department investigators but remain out of Congress' reach.


"I've been trying for a year to get these interviews without holds," Graham said.

Graham scoffed at any notion his maneuver amounts to political grandstanding, portraying his actions as a last resort and couching them as part of "trying to perform oversight."

"I don't want to hold anybody. All I want to do is talk to the survivors," Graham insisted. "I'm not trying to prosecute a crime."

Graham announced his intention to hold all of Obama’s nominations the day after CBS's "60 Minutes" aired a controversial report on the attacks. The newsmagazine has since pulled its report, saying that its eyewitness, a British contractor stationed in Libya, lied to reporter Lara Logan about what he saw on the ground.

When pressed by Crowley about whether the debunking of the piece would impact his stance, Graham told her it wouldn’t.
"I never asked for the British contractor. I didn't know he existed," Graham said.

soundoff (320 Responses)
  1. jimatmad

    Holding hostages worked REALLY well during the shutdown.

    Apparently the suicide wing of the GOP is in charge.

    November 10, 2013 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. John

    Why weren't you this upset when 2 of Bush's 13 attacks on our embassies were back to back in Riyadh....We definitely were more non responsive on that second attack than our administration was on their only embassy attack......Think this is about politics or fairness?

    November 10, 2013 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  3. wxqz

    Senator Leslie Graham is a sham patriot. A self serving partisan, manipulating the dead of Americans on the anniversary of 911 where thousands of Americans died on the watch of President Geo W Bush and his vice President Cheney where terrorist actually flew planes into the pentagon itself, killing Americans on the ground in Arlington Va, the smoke rising within view of the Capital building itself. meaning not really a patriot at all.
    Why? because if he rolled over for that one and didn't ask the important question then, how can anyone take his proclamations seriously today.

    You think that my post is unjust and out of line ? I didn't call more senate hearings on the debacle in Libya and it is the Senator himself holding up government processes for his own narrow self serving political gain.

    The GOP pattern under Obama is too familiar, too tiresome and too played out.

    Partisan and self serving is not patriotic. .

    November 10, 2013 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  4. Bikepath

    Oh for Pete's sake. Give it a rest Graham.

    November 10, 2013 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  5. harv

    The President has a right to get his nominations interviewed and voted on in the Senate. The families who lost loved ones in the foreign service have a right to know what happened. The two are not related.

    November 10, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  6. Daniel

    Nothing has ben looked at, mistakes were made, witnesses are not allowed to be interviewed. The Dems lied for weeks. There is good info that there was gun running and Clinton and Bohner both knew. Why don't you all want to know the whole truth. No one has been captured although they were interviewed on CNN. There are so many issues and the blind left just doesnt want to hold anyone accountable. Lemmings being lead to the cliff.

    November 10, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  7. Ara Minassian

    Why didn't the democrats and Obama go after the Bush administration for their war crimes?? Why?

    November 10, 2013 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  8. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    At this point what difference does it make ???
    Americans are still dead
    Clinton FAILED
    The cover up continues

    This is OLD NEWS
    WE
    Stonewalled this puppy a LONG, LONG, time ago.
    TRUST "ME"

    TRUST "ME"
    "I" will have the MOST transparent administration in ALL of american history !
    TRUST "ME"

    November 10, 2013 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  9. alex

    the fish stinks from the head. A nine hour battle and told to stand down and not help. You should be ashamed Hillary. and "I dont know anything" Obummer. No confidenence vote on the administration. Hey Hillary i guess you did not take that 3AM call you phoney. Now we going to have to hide the interns when the pervert gerts back in the white house. Hillar-Sharpton 2016

    November 10, 2013 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  10. Larry38363

    This just shows how stupid and tepid the Republican party has become. The have nothing to offer the American People except investigations of nothing of importance thus wasting OUR money and OUR time.

    November 10, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  11. Dick Biff

    I live in South Carolina and won't vote for this FOOL and if he was running against a dead cat......I would vote for the kitty.

    November 10, 2013 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  12. MarkG

    I can't trust a man with a girl's name.

    November 10, 2013 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  13. dc

    If it was my family members, I'd want to know...

    November 10, 2013 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  14. Aaron

    Mr. Graham's hypocrisy and posturing knows no bounds. He is not interested in the truth, but rather having headlines. He and his cronies never investigated the Iraq "rollout" (remember shock and awe?) He is not interested that we have changed the rules about our diplomatic missions, now combining the diplomatic core with the CIA. He is not interested in that Congress repeatedly cut back on money for security. He is not interested in that the truth that 4 people are dead because of simmering warfare in the mideast.He certainly wasn't interested in why 1000's had to die due his support of lies in Afghanistan and Iraq. He needs to resign.

    November 10, 2013 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  15. ducdebrabant

    I hope he rides this despicable Republican hoax (trivializing the death of patriot in the service of his country) right into the ground. And once Senator Graham is in the ground with it, I hope his state has the good judgment to shovel the dirt right back in on top of him. There used to be a line you didn't cross in politics, but the Republicans have forgotten where it is, and I'm not sure Graham ever knew. He first made his "mark" with his disgraceful posturing role in the Clinton impeachment farce (which hurt his party far more than it hurt the Democrats), and he hasn't learned one thing since. Unfortunately, neither has South Carolina, so he's survived. I pray that has changed.

    November 10, 2013 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  16. Tom

    These 5 he wants to talk to are CIA undercover agents and do not want their identity to be known TO THE WORLD.....what a goof ball........ we know what he actually WANTS.........

    November 10, 2013 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  17. Thunderstruck

    American lives were lost. We need to get to the bottom of what happen in Benghazi. Some one needs to be held accountable. ==================

    How about the Republicans who denied money for security ?
    Republicans cut the funding, and when something goes wrong
    you blame the President.
    Bunch of freaking idiots

    I have even seen some of you GOP lovers try to blame Kennedy
    for Vietnam.
    We had gone into Vietnam before Kennedy took office.
    Facts never get in the way of lies, do they .

    Another fishing expedition.
    Found that birth certificate yet ?

    Hey Republicans, want to win some elections ?
    Get back to the center.
    Your party has been pulled so far to the right,
    you can no longer see the center.

    STOP DAMAGING THE COUNTRY !!!!!!!!!

    November 10, 2013 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  18. Tom

    Yes Lindsey....we know what you want.....and people in hell want ice water.

    November 10, 2013 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  19. oharris30

    How disgusting using the dead for political gain. I feel sorry for Ambassador Steven's parents and loved ones who at one time asked that this mission stop. Why are we not hearing from the Steven's family? I feel if they are satisfied with the report and whatever has been discussed between them and the President then who are these scavengers to continue bringing this up? Graham and the GOP are looking more and more disgusting by the minute. The GOP and TP don't care about those dead Americans. They only care about themselves. About their continuing witch hunt of the president. How low. They need to be impeached for being FOOLS. Not one of them did this when all the 13 people were killed under the Bush administration. Do they really believe that rational people are not on to their ploy?

    November 10, 2013 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  20. Tom

    I would think these 5 CIA Undercover Agents would not want the world to know who they are......

    November 10, 2013 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  21. SmallBizGuy

    What's so hard about just complying and producing the witnesses? What is there to hide that the administration won't comply? Just do it and get it over with. Sure looks like they are trying to protect either Hillary Clinton or the administration.

    November 10, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  22. Thunderstruck

    I get this whole thing.
    When Bush did it, it was OK.
    But when Obama does it, he is a traitor who should be impeached.

    GOP politics as usual.
    Get the black, Democrat, socialist, communist, Marxist,
    Kenyan, with no birth certificate out of office.

    Hey guys, I got some news for you.
    Obama ran for a second term, with his health care bill in full
    view of the country.
    HE WON !

    You can stop stamping your feet and throwing fits.
    IT WONT WORK.

    November 10, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  23. oharris30

    Has anyone ever thought that the information and/or any videos made hold embarrassing information for the Steven's family and the family has asked the president to let it go? No one seems to give a damn about the Ambassador's family and loved ones. I am so sick of these GOP. Lindsay Graham and his hissy tirades. Is it he has a crush on the president? Get to work. What about all the thousands of young people killed in Iraq and Afghanistan????

    November 10, 2013 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  24. RickFromTexas

    Let's hope the GOP keeps on beating that dead horse and threatening to hold government hostage to their little tantrums, too, tactics like these just galvanize the mainstream against these extremist nutjobs.

    November 10, 2013 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  25. DocHollywood

    "....until Congress hears from Benghazi survivors. ...."

    Or until he gets through his tea party challanged primary.

    November 10, 2013 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
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