Graham: I'll Block Brennan, Hagel Over Benghazi

Wants White House to 'fess up on what happened

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 10, 2013 12:21 PM CST

(Newser) – Lindsey Graham says he's ready to block the confirmations of both Chuck Hagel and John Brennan if President Obama isn't a little more forthcoming with what he knows about the Benghazi consulate attack. "No confirmation without information," he said today, adding that the confirmations shouldn't go forward "until the White House gives us a full accounting." Specifically, Graham wants to know if Obama got on the phone to Libya during the attack, theorizing that the four Americans who died might have been saved, reports Politico. Senate Dem Jack Reed dismissed Graham's threat as "unprecedented and unwarranted." Elsewhere on your Sunday dial, as per Politico:

  • Mike Rogers on drone program: “I, as chairman, review every single airstrike that we use in the war on terror, both from the civilian and the military side when it comes to airstrikes. There is plenty of oversight here."
  • John McCain on drone program: "What we really need to do is take this whole program out of the hands of the Central Intelligence Agency and put it into the Department of Defense, where you have adequate oversight, you have committee oversight, you have all the things that are built in as our oversight of the Department of Defense."
  • Eric Cantor on Obama: "The problem is every time you turn around, the answer is to raise taxes. He just got his tax hike on the wealthy. And you can't in this town every three months raise taxes. Again, every time, that's his response."
  • Kay Bailey Hutchison on the State of the Union: “One of the best things about not being in the Senate anymore is not having to ... either stand up and clap every 15 seconds or sit on your hands for the whole thing. I just wish so much that we would have a moratorium on standing and let everybody listen like the people outside (in) the country are.”

Senate Armed Services Committee member Lindsey Graham questions Chuck Hagel, President Obama's choice for defense secretary, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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