Senator threatens to hold up Brennan nomination
January 8th, 2013
01:37 PM ET

Senator threatens to hold up Brennan nomination

Saying he has "not forgotten about the Benghazi debacle," Sen. Lindsey Graham called for a delay in the confirmation process of John Brennan, the president's choice for CIA director, as investigations still continue surrounding the September 11, 2012 U.S. consulate attack in Libya.

"I do not believe we should confirm anyone as Director of the CIA until our questions are answered," Graham said in a statement.

The Republican senator from South Carolina has helped lead congressional efforts to address the deadly attack in Libya. He was one of several Republican senators who sharply questioned U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice and her role in the aftermath of the violence.

Days after the incident, Rice appeared on television news shows and described on the violence as a spontaneous attack spurred by outrage over an anti-Islam film. The intelligence community, however, later called it a terrorist attack.

Rice used unclassified talking points from the intelligence community in her television appearances, which apparently went through multiple drafts before landing in her hands. In briefings to Congress, intelligence officials said the initial draft was more specific in linking individuals to 'al Qaeda.' But when the document was sent to the rest of the intelligence community for review, there was a decision to change 'al Qaeda' to a broader term of 'extremists' for the final version.

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Filed under: Benghazi • Brennan • Central Intelligence Agency • Congress • Graham • Intelligence • Libya
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    Obama needs to render some republicians to Syria or where ever!

    January 9, 2013 at 4:49 am | Reply
    • Bibi The Butcher and the B Vitch

      Lindsey Graham is our boy/slave. We own him!

      He's our attack dog and we'll use him on anyone who does not do what we tell them to do!

      All you stupid Americans who complain about Graham. . . just get over it! There is nothing you can do.

      We own you!

      You're in debt, you own all your money to us! We own all the banks.
      We own the Federal Reserve.
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      Nothing you can do can stop us. It's too late. ha ha ha ha . . .it feels so good to know you are a bunch of stupid cattle whose only reason to live is to serve us . . . in israel. We are the greatest!!

      Long live israel . . . home of the smartest people on earth. We are god's chosen people because we are better than you American animals . . . . yeah!!

      January 9, 2013 at 9:45 am | Reply
  6. Scott

    Lindsey Graham is a poster child for why Washington needs term limits. He has a history of making irrational statements and has nothing of merit to show for his time in office. I do get the impression that he is scared by the tea party. Graham likes to pretend he is some sort of military hero. He is just another Washington insider playing political games rather than seeking solutions to real problems. Much of the out of control spending and misplaced priorities can be blamed on him.

    January 9, 2013 at 1:15 am | Reply
  7. The Shadow Knows

    I don't wann, I don't wanna, I don't wanna. Cry baby, this knucklehead worked for GW and will do everything he can to make it impossible to get things done in Washinton. 2014 is coming and he'll be able to take all the time in the world to do the nothing he's doing right now. Jack***

    January 8, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Reply
    • Lyndsie Graham

      You right about that right-wing jerk Graham. These right-wingers in Washington are the biggest problem this country now faces!

      January 8, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Reply
    • StanCalif

      "Do nothing" is exactly what we can expect from the going extinct GOP! Their last poster boy, Romney, couldn't get their mission accomplished in spite of the huge amounts of money spent. Romney's 47% proved to be much larger than he realized! After all, 100% minus 2% equals 98%, not 47%!!!
      Let's see what all these elephants can obstruct again this year! Tax code reform? Gun control? NO WAY!

      January 9, 2013 at 9:19 am | Reply
  8. StanCalif

    Just more of the same old "obstructionism"! They just can't understand the need to get on with life (after surprisingly) not winning the White House – which they all thought was bought and paid for!
    Whenever you're ready, try to start doing something useful for our country!

    January 8, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  9. T/O

    I'll give my fellow readers just one guess which Hillbilly Senator is petrified of a primary challenge to his right!

    January 8, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Reply
  10. Hahahahahahahaha

    You want answers? Here they are: Terrorists killed people. In the mean time, a general banged a broad. Nothing more. Nothing less. Now get back to work (term used loosely)!!!!!!!!! Hahahahahahahaha

    January 8, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Reply
    • StanCalif

      You're right. Another "answer" no one wants:
      Amb Stevens knew very well that no additional security would be coming to protect him, he knew this well in advance. Yet HE chose to remain unprotected in this Benghazi out post. Why? There is no reason he should not have returned to our protected embassy in Tripoli. Something stinks here!
      Remaining in an unprotected out post in Benghazi on the anniversary of 9/11 was just plain stupid! No reason to try to blame anyone else!

      January 9, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Reply

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