Sen. Lindsey Graham threatened on Monday to block all Senate appointments until he gets answers on the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans, including US Ambassador Chris Stevens.
The South Carolina Republican made the threat on his official Twitter account, writing, “Where are the #Benghazi survivors? I’m going to block every appointment in the US Senate until they are made available to Congress.”
Graham’s position on Benghazi is nothing new, as the senator and several colleagues have claimed a massive cover up happened in Benghazi.
Stevens and three other Americans were killed on September 11, 2012, when the US Consulate in Benghazi was stormed by suspected Islamist militants. The attack happened amid protests against the United States for a movie that depicted the Muslim Prophet Mohamed in a bad light.
While the Obama administration first attributed the attacks to a retaliation for the movie, they later called it a terrorist attack. Because of the lack of answers when the Benghazi attack first happened, Sens. Lindsey Graham, John McCain, and others have claimed a cover up happened.
Graham and McCain demanded a hearing with Obama’s cabinet members to determine what happened. At the time, McCain was interviewed on Meet The Press, where he commented, “There are so many answers we don’t know. We’ve had two movies about getting bin Laden and we don’t even know who the people who were evacuated from the consulate the day after the [Benghazi] attack.”
The Obama administration eventually released the names earlier this year, but the disclosure wasn’t enough to calm critics. Graham’s latest comments are the result of a 60 Minutes expose on Benghazi, and the Senator appeared on Fox and Friends to talk about what still needs to be done.
Graham added on Twitter, “We still need a joint Select Committee to investigate #Benghazi and get the truth about what happened before, during, and after the attack.”
Should Lindsey Graham follow through on his threat to block Senate appointments, the nominations of Janet Yellen for chair of the Federal Reserve and Jeh Johnson for secretary of the Department of Homeland Security could be halted.
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