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Hell-Bent': Lindsey Graham to Oppose Obama CIA Pick Unless He Gets Info on Benghazi Survivors


"They were turned over to the intelligence committee and everything was blacked out."

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Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) says he wants answers about the Benghazi attack that left four Americans dead on September 11, and he has no intention of voting on the president's choice for the new director of the CIA until he gets them.

"Here's what I want-- I want the FBI interviews of the survivors two days after the attack," he began.  "They were turned over to the intelligence committee and everything was blacked out...I want to know who the survivors are so we can go interview them."

With mounting irritation, the South Carolina senator continued: "The transmissions from Benghazi to Washington on the night of the attack -- what were people asking for?  What were they saying?  All that information was given to the committee completely blacked out."

"I'm not going to vote for [John] Brennan until the CIA -- who says they did change the talking points -- lets us know who did it and why, and we have a picture of what happened in real time in Benghazi."

Saying we're returning to a "pre-9/11" model of ineffective communication, Graham stated: "John [McCain] and I are hell-bent on making sure the American people understand this debacle called Benghazi...We're going to get to the bottom of it."

Senator McCain added that he's been waiting three weeks on answers to a set of written questions he sent Brennan, adding that he also wants information on American policies on torture.

When asked whether he'll join Graham in holding up Brennan's nomination, McCain responded: "I hate to threaten...Why don't we just get the answers to these questions?  They're not tough questions, and they're legitimate questions."

The Senate Intelligence Committee is due to vote early this week on Brennan's nomination, but Graham concluded: "I'm not going to vote on a new CIA Director until I find out what the CIA did in Benghazi."

Brennan, who has raised considerable controversy in the past for reasons unrelated to Benghazi, is currently a counter-terrorism adviser to President Obama.



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