Senator: “Stonewalling on Benghazi by the Obama administration must come to an end”


Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), member of the Armed Services Committee is calling for a delay in confirming Barack Obama’s nomination of his assassination czar and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to be the head of the Central Intelligence Agency until after his administration provides answers on the deadly attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans dead, including the Ambassador. “The stonewalling on Benghazi by the Obama administration must come to an end,” Graham said in a statement.

Graham says his support for delaying the confirmation of Brennan is not a reflection of him, though in my opinion it should be.

Newsmax reports,

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Technically, Graham is threatening to put a hold on the nomination. A hold is a parliamentary procedure which allows one or more Senators to prevent a nominee or a motion from reaching a vote on the Senate floor.

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Republicans have argued that the administration tried to downplay that the attack was an act of terrorism in the weeks before the November election, even though Obama used that term in the days after the raid.

Graham is not alone in wanting answers, especially after his talks with United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice. After that meeting Graham said, “Bottom line is, I’m more disturbed now than I was before.”

“This ever-changing story should be resolved,” said the South Carolina lawmaker. “It is imperative we understand who changed the talking points just weeks before a presidential election and why.”

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) also has reservations about a Brennan nomination. “I appreciate John Brennan’s long record of service to our nation,” McCain said, “but I have many questions and concerns about his nomination to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency, especially what role he played in the so-called enhanced interrogation programs while serving at the CIA during the last administration, as well as his public defense of those programs.”

But it appears that Brennan is not the only nomination facing opposition. Following Obama’s announcement of Chuck Hagel being nominated to be Secretary of Defense, he was met with immediate resistance.

“Given Chuck Hagel’s statements and actions on a nuclear Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah, I think his confirmation would send exactly the wrong message to our allies and enemies alike,” Sen. David Vitter, R-La., said in a statement. “Israel, our strongest ally in the region, is dealing with a lot of threat and uncertainty right now; Hagel would make that even worse.”

Other Senate Republicans, including the No. 2 GOP lawmaker, John Cornyn of Texas, new member Ted Cruz of Texas and Mississippi’s Roger Wicker, signaled they would vote against the nomination.

Personally, the Republicans in the Senate need to get together and not confirm any nominations or even consider them till they get to the bottom of the Benghazi scandal. It’s been five months and we still haven’t been given the clarity to see clearly the truth of the administration’s knowledge or involvement in the attacks. While we’re at it, could we get the AG’s office to move it along and provide Darrell Issa’s committee with the documents they need to complete the investigation into Fast and Furious? That’s been going on even long and deaths from that scandal have been in the hundreds, including two federal agents, and the numbers are still mounting as I write.

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