October 29th, 2013
06:56 PM ET
8 years ago

Sen. Lindsey Graham: White House said take a hike, when asked for Benghazi access

(CNN) – Sen. Lindsey Graham is doubling down on his promise to filibuster any White House nominees until he gets answers on Benghazi.

When the South Carolina Republican has asked for survivors of the September 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission to be interviewed by Congress, the response, he said, was "take a hike."

The refusal to make the survivors available is "an unacceptable way for the Obama administration to behave," Graham told Wolf Blitzer on CNN's "The Situation Room."

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Graham's determination on getting answers stems from an explosive report Sunday from CBS's "60 Minutes" on the attack, he said.

As a member of the Senate minority, Graham is unable to subpoena witnesses on his own, he said. "All I can do is have what leverage I have," he said, meaning holding up the nominees. "I don't like doing this. It's not my nature."

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. J.V.Hodgson

    Its time to shut down this Benghazi committee hearings... they can learn nothing valuable about what future policy and ways to avoid another similar event. Survivors can only repeat what has already been seen on video and the timelines explained over and over again by the military and the lack of funding to State etc etc
    So spoilt child that he is I'll hold up government appointments on anything some more while I waste everyone's time on a dead subject doing nothing for the countries benefit!!
    If it were not so sad it time tom LOL.

    October 30, 2013 03:22 am at 3:22 am |
  2. Paul

    Do what you need to do to get answers.

    October 30, 2013 05:20 am at 5:20 am |

    Lindsey and the Guns Over People tea potty are desperate. Their fake scandals are getting no traction.

    October 30, 2013 05:22 am at 5:22 am |
  4. Marie MD

    It's over Ms. Lindsey, your utterly do nothing party has tried for over a year. There's nothing to see move along and go get yourself a little fan and some mint tea.
    Go sit on your porch sweetheart!

    October 30, 2013 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  5. Rick

    Obama is a traitor to the USA. What happens to traitors?

    October 30, 2013 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  6. pete veslocki

    Transparency? Accountability?
    Campaign buzz words.
    The savior has become the anti-christ.

    October 30, 2013 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  7. A True Conservative

    Wow! The President and Clinton tell us there is nothing to see her....but go to great lengths to keep anyone with firsthand knowledge about this from speaking to anyone. Kind of like what we see with Obama and al of his personal information – grades in school.....writing while at Harvard....etc. If there is nothing to see, why won't you let us have the information Mr. President?

    October 30, 2013 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  8. marty

    I wish more senators had a backbone like Lindsay Graham.

    October 30, 2013 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  9. Anonymous

    why don't you "take a hike." then. Congress needs to spare time at list once in a while to do important things like creating job for Americans.

    October 30, 2013 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  10. Gurgyl

    Flat lie, this guy is so pathetic to society, SC.

    October 30, 2013 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  11. Nick

    Grand standing and pandering. How can these tweeds expect to stay in office. Feeling like I'm living in a 3rd world country.

    October 30, 2013 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
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