Graham: Yeah, it’s time to subpoena the Obama administration on the Benghazi survivors

posted at 10:41 am on March 21, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

At the White House press briefing on Monday, Jay Carney once again insisted that, why no, the White House is not blocking access to the injured survivors and first-hand witnesses of the still-under-investigation terrorist attack in Benghazi that resulted in the deaths of four Americans in September.

Which was probably news to a handful of Republican senators currently pushing for more access to and information about the Benghazi survivors as part of their Congressional investigation. Last week, Sen. Lindsey Graham voiced his suspicions that the witnesses have been “told to keep quiet” by the Obama administration: “The best evidence of what happened in Benghazi is not a bunch of politicians in Washington trying to cover their political ass. This is the people who lived through the debacle, and I’m going to do all I can to get them before the Congress and American people.” He also urged the House leadership to subpoena the White House if and when it became necessary to help wring out the details — a plea on which he intends to follow through today.

I’m going to meet with the House leadership tomorrow, hoping they will take up the Benghazi cause. Look how far we’ve come from what the story was told by Susan Rice. Look what we found out by pushing on this show and other shows, CBS and mainly FOX. The whole scenario told by the president and Susan Rice has absolutely collapsed. …

To my House colleagues, please, for god’s sake step up your game when it comes to Benghazi. You have tools I don’t because I’m in the minority party in the Senate. Unfortunately Harry Reid hasn’t looked to push the administration. Look what we did on Iraq and interrogation techniques gone bad under t the Bush administration. The Democratic senators have given the president a pass when it comes to Benghazi. The House cannot give him a pass. …

I think that Speaker Boehner is very much in the mindset of trying to get to the bottom of Benghazi. But yes, I will urge Speaker Boehner to use the powers of the House not to chase rabbits, but to get to the bottom line. We have not heard from the people who went through this debacle who were there on the ground. I guarantee if this had been a good news story we would have heard from them the next day. The fact we haven’t heard from them for six months should make every American worried about what this administration is covering up.

Motion, seconded.


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