Graham vows to block Obama’s nominees, demands more information on Libya attacks
Republican Senatorsaid Sunday that he will delay the confirmation of President Barack Obama’s nominees to head the Pentagon and the CIA until the administration provides more answers concerning the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the US Consulate in Libya.
Graham has repeatedly accused Obama and top officials in his administration of ‘stonewalling’ requests for more information regarding the attacks that left the US ambassador and three other Americans dead. Appearing in an interview on CBS “This Morning,” Graham said that the Republicans are determined on getting to the bottom of the Benghazi attacks.
"We know nothing about what the president did on the night of Sept. 11 during a time of national crisis, and the American people need to know what their commander in chief did, if anything, during this eight-hour attack," Graham said.
Graham argued that soon after the news of the attacks was released, the rescue team was delayed from leaving the Benghazi Airport due to ‘bureaucratic snafus’ and insisted that the Americans still don’t know whether Obama called any Libyan officials to tackle the crisis.
"I don't think we should allow [John] Brennan to go forward for the CIA directorship, [Chuck] Hagel to be confirmed to secretary of defense until the White House gives us an accounting," Graham said, adding, "What did he do that night? That's not unfair. The families need to know, the American people need to know."
While the then Secretary of Statehas taken all the blame of the miscommunication at the time, Republicans insist that the true information was intentionally kept from reaching the Americans because it might have depicted Obama incapable of handling the crisis, when he was just weeks away from being re-elected.
Addressing the Republican response on the nominees, spokesman for White House National Security Council, Tommy Vietor said: "We believe the Senate should act swiftly to confirm John Brennan and Sen. Hagel. These are critical national security positions and individual members shouldn't play politics with their nominations.”
Democratic Senator, from Rhode Island, also condemned Graham’s comments saying that while it’s OK to find more information and ask legitimate questions, trying to block people by disrupting the nomination of two key members of Obama’s Cabinet is unwarranted.
“I think it is an overreaction that is not going to serve the best interest going forward of the national security of the United States," Reed said.