Graham: I’ll put a hold on Hagel, Brennan until the White House coughs up Benghazi info

posted at 8:41 am on February 11, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Lindsey Graham threatened to block the confirmations of both Chuck Hagel and John Brennan yesterday on Face the Nation, after last week’s hearings on the Benghazi attack forced unanswered questions to the surface — and the White House provided no answers.  Graham told Bob Schieffer that he would place a hold on both candidates and promised “no confirmation without information,” which would force Harry Reid to attempt a floor-vote override:

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday threatened to hold President Obama’s nominees to head the CIA and Defense department unless the administration provides him with more answers on the response to the Benghazi Consulate attack.

“I don’t think we should allow [John] Brennan to go forward for the CIA directorship, [former Sen. Chuck] Hagel [R-Neb.] to be confirmed secretary of Defense until the White House gives us an accounting,” said Graham on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “Did the White House ever pick up the phone and call anyone in the Libyan government to help these folks?”

Specifically, Graham wants an accounting of Barack Obama’a actions on the night in question:

Graham said a special response team had been deployed from Tripoli to Benghazi the night of the attack to provide assistance but was held up by Libyan officials at the airport. Graham said he wanted to know if Obama intervened and contacted Libyan authorities to allow the rescue team to head to the consulate.

“Did the president ever pick up the phone and call the Libyan government and say let those people out of the airport, they need to get to the annex to protect our people under siege?,” he asked.

“We know nothing about what the president did during the night of Sept. 11 during a night of national crisis,” said Graham.

Graham said that if Obama had called he believes American lives could have been saved. He added that if Obama had called and Libyan officials “blew him off,” that would hurt their ability to receive foreign aid in the future.

“I don’t know what the president did that evening, I don’t know if he called anyone,” Graham said. “This was incredibly mismanaged. What we know now seems to be a very disengaged president.”

Graham insists that he’s not talking about a filibuster, but a hold.  That acts much like a filibuster, but it takes up a lot of floor time, and it can delay other business.  Graham’s hold could be defeated, but given the reason for it — a lack of cooperation from the White House rather than the flaws of the nominees themselves — Graham might be able to keep enough Republicans in his corner to make it stick.


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Maybe Graham could subpoena some of the survivors??? Heck, there are like 30 of them. Where are they?

ted c on February 11, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Make everything conditional on the F&F docs, too, while you’re at it.

The Rogue Tomato on February 11, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Tough talk from a eunuch with a wet napkin for a spine. One frowny-face from the Emperor God-King and Lindsey will be begging to confirm.

Jeddite on February 11, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Good for him. Better late than never. It would have been nice if he had found his spine before Kerry was voted on. After all, it was State that never requested help.

Dusty on February 11, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Stick with it this time. Hagel is a disaster.

Bishop on February 11, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Waiting for Lindsey here to go bending in the breeze yet again. Grahman talks the talk and bumbles the walk each and every time!

pilamaye on February 11, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Morning Joe crew bashing Graham on this natch
Benghazi is over move along… yada yada yada

Graham is doing just what biden did under W
Get over it

Racist by lsm in 5…..4…..3

cmsinaz on February 11, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Good point pilamaye

They talked tough about Hillary…. that worked out well
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cmsinaz on February 11, 2013 at 8:51 AM

What does one have to do with another?!

Shy Guy on February 11, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Well, as long as you seem to have a spine, some proposals: Repeal of O-Care, open up ANWR, overturn Roe v Wade, repeal amendments 16 and 17, and flat 8% tax. I await your inevitable cave.

nobar on February 11, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Make a phone call, from the Unconcern In Chief? Really? His only concern that nite was deciphering whether Beyonce’ and JayZ were lip-synching or not..

hillsoftx on February 11, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Don’t let your mouth write checks your butt can’t cash, Lindsey. If you’re gonna extract info on Benghazi out of Obama, you and your fellow GOP Senators better be prepared to go all the way. And based on what happened during the Hillary testimony, I have my doubts that there are more than 5 of you committed to that.

Doughboy on February 11, 2013 at 8:57 AM

I may disagree with Brennan, but he’s competent. Hagel is not competent and there are disturbing ties to our enemies. Block him at all costs. He needs to withdraw.

rbj on February 11, 2013 at 8:58 AM

“no confirmation without information,”

Credit where due. Stand firm, Sen. Grahamnesty.

Maybe Graham could subpoena some of the survivors???
ted c on February 11, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Make everything conditional on the F&F docs, too, while you’re at it.

The Rogue Tomato on February 11, 2013 at 8:44 AM

That and that, too.

petefrt on February 11, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Graham taking a stand,finally,and excellent!!

canopfor on February 11, 2013 at 9:00 AM

…but will Graham stick with his stand?

KOOLAID2 on February 11, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Graham won’t get the information he wants, and he’ll cave anyway. It never fails.

gryphon202 on February 11, 2013 at 9:04 AM

…but will Graham stick with his stand?

KOOLAID2 on February 11, 2013 at 9:03 AM

No.

gryphon202 on February 11, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Specifically, Graham wants an accounting of Barack Obama’a actions on the night in question:
=========================

Me thinks,Hopey/Copey was doing late evening homework,at Destroying the GOP,or,how to OverRide Congess,or,finding a way to stop the
physical contact of FootBall Players,

or…………

canopfor on February 11, 2013 at 9:05 AM

It just occurred to me that I’ve never seen Lindsey Graham and Allahpundit in the same room.

Knott Buyinit on February 11, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Right about now, I bet Grahamnesty is looking for a way to cave without looking like he caved. A few more harsh words from the MSM and it’s in the bag.

Liam on February 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Graham’s up for re-election next year, and figures to get primaried, so it’s ‘Backbone of Steel’ time for the next 12-15 months, before he can return to his normal ‘Go Along to Get Along’ Lindsey.

jon1979 on February 11, 2013 at 9:11 AM

All the real conservatives I know HATE this guy.

What does he think he is doing?

And I noticed that even Peggy Noonan is acting right wing at times now.

IlikedAUH2O on February 11, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Speaking of Hagel,………………….

The Hill ‏@thehill

Sen. Inhofe threatens #filibuster to block #Hagel http://j.mp/WZtddq

http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/policy-and-strategy/282153-sen-inhofe-threatens-filibuster-of-hagel

canopfor on February 11, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Good for Graham. No information is forthcoming from the WH about what Obama did because he didn’t do anything, and it’s about time someone shed some light on that. Not that the media will be interested, but the families of the victims deserve to know.

changer1701 on February 11, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Yep reelection words are easy lets see actions and results. So far republicans haved caved to Obama on just about everything and taken the blame for just about everything. Not betting on lindsey suddenly becoming a leader.

ldbgcoleman on February 11, 2013 at 9:20 AM

My concern with Graham is always the same – he takes a stand on one issue – and then the next day – completely collapses on another issue.

Good politician – or what – I can never decide? And he is my senator!

jake-the-goose on February 11, 2013 at 9:23 AM

cross our fingers and pray to GOP

Slade73 on February 11, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Don’t ya just hate it when Lindsey does the right thing?

Cindy Munford on February 11, 2013 at 9:29 AM

I completely admit that I am a schmuck.

But shouldn’t even I, be somewhat able to fathom the GOP?

They were so lame in the election debates and maybe the candidate choice.

Then they seemed lost when hauling Hillary over the “coals”. LOL

But just nasty enough to tar that UN Ambassador lady. Who is cool and cute and will be brought back as a victim and media darling. Bet on it.

Now this Senator, who I like to hear from, grows fangs and looks like a guy wanting the Congressional on a battlefield. Compared to other republicans, anyway.

Are these guys really hired stunt men like the Indians in old movies who looked wild and were hateful and whooped and rode horses or ran around in circles? You know, after killing families and burning homes?

Riding around they mostly all got killed.

Then the leader would do a Mitt and fight well at first against the top good guy then he would get killed in a close battle and everyone would like it when he did.

Help.

IlikedAUH2O on February 11, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Meh. Miss Lindsey, butching up. I guess it excites McLame, but wouldn’t count on it to do anything much else.

bofh on February 11, 2013 at 9:48 AM

There is no honor in the White House. No humility. No decency. It’s become the house of stonewalling and lies.

scalleywag on February 11, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Nothing focuses the mind like the prospect of an imminent primary challenge, eh Goober?

It’s the right thing to do, but he’s doing it for the wrong reasons.

Rixon on February 11, 2013 at 9:50 AM

There is no honor in the White House the federal government. No humility. No decency. It’s become the house of stonewalling and lies.

scalleywag on February 11, 2013 at 9:49 AM

If you’re hoping to find honor in the Supreme Court or Congress, look elsewhere.

gryphon202 on February 11, 2013 at 9:57 AM

This is all fine and dandy; however, this is nothing but blathering from Graham in response to all the negative feedback he’s getting from his employer, the people of South Carolina, about illegal immigration.

SouthernGent on February 11, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Five months later the media’s dereliction of duty on Benghazi becomes clear…

Too bad we didn’t get this kind of attention before the election!

http://www.imperfectamerica.com

imperfectamerica on February 11, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Maybe Graham could subpoena some of the survivors??? Heck, there are like 30 of them. Where are they?

That’s what I’m waiting for. Supposedly McCain is “demanding” that the survivors be brought to Capitol Hill or at least be identified so they can get their statements. If you recall, it was during Hillary’s testimony that (Republican Sen.) Ron Johnson criticized Clinton for not ordering State Department officials to contact survivors after the attacks to find out whether or not there were protests around the diplomatic mission before the attack. That’s when we got the now notorious line “What difference, at this point, does it make?” I kind of thought Clinton seemed to protest a bit too much when the issue about the survivors was raised. Maybe I’m reading into it too much, but it looked to me like the Sen. Johnson really hit a nerve.

lynncgb on February 11, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Maybe Graham could subpoena some of the survivors??? Heck, there are like 30 of them. Where are they? – ted c on February 11, 2013 at 8:44 AM

A damn good question. It is like they have just disappeared. Surely they would like to be able to talk about what happened.

SC.Charlie on February 11, 2013 at 10:47 AM

I wonder if Lindsey has any knowledge of this assertion?

http://www.wnd.com/2013/02/shock-claim-obama-picks-muslim-for-cia-chief/

tomshup on February 11, 2013 at 10:55 AM

I hope that Graham is sincere about this, and not just posturing to make himself look better for his 2014 re-election campaign…

ITguy on February 11, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Disengaged? More like a lazy POS…

Pest on February 11, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Graham’s up for re-election next year, and figures to get primaried, so it’s ‘Backbone of Steel’ time for the next 12-15 months, before he can return to his normal ‘Go Along to Get Along’ Lindsey.

jon1979 on February 11, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Yep. You nailed it. This is all about his re-election.

a capella on February 11, 2013 at 11:41 AM

It should be clear whether or not John Brennan is a Muslim, as claimed by former FBI agent John Guandolo, the vice president of the Virginia-based Strategic Engagement Group (SEG). He appeared with this claim on the Boca Raton-based radio show of Tom Trento, the president of the anti-”Shariah Islam” group The United West.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9S73fkmE0Is&feature=player_embedded#!

Someone should ask Brennen if only because the Public would like to know.

Even if Brennen is not a Muslim many would seriously question (I also) having someone as naive about Islam heading the CIA. Here are a couple of videos showing Brennan claiming that Islam is beautiful and good, peaceful and tolerant. Given its history & laws, how naive can you get!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=972RW7PzYN4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKUpmFb4h_U (~4min,39 sec into)

Chessplayer on February 11, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Low info voter / MSM watcher: “Who is this Ben Gazzi the Rethuglicans keep whining about?”

KS Rex on February 11, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Wasn’t he the one who called Jerusalem by its Muslim name? Who uses the term al Quds. No wonder Jesus weeped for the ancient city.

jazzuscounty on February 11, 2013 at 5:34 PM

They could get Obama to testify, and it reminds me of when Clinton did that and appeared by video link (maybe he had no pants on).

There seemed to be something deeply embarassing about the president being questioned in person. And yet these guys are so used to lying off-the-cuff in public, you might think they would be fine with it.

The committee should put the wheels in motion anyway. The WH and media will be outraged, then they will stall. In the meantime some insiders may start to squeal – they won’t be getting a pardon, you see.

virgo on February 12, 2013 at 12:36 AM