Lindsey Graham To Block “Every Senate Appointment’ Over Benghazi

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Fox News on Monday that he plans to block every Senate appointment until the survivors of the 2012 Benghazi attack in Libya testify before a special congressional committee.

“So I am calling for a joint select committee,” Graham told “Fox & Friends” host Steve Doocy. “But for God’s sake, let the House have a select committee where you get three or four committees together to look at this situation as one unit, rather than stove piping.”

“And where are the survivors?” he continued. “Fourteen months later, the people who survived the attack in Benghazi have not been made available to the U.S. Congress for oversight purposes. So I’m going to block every appointment in the United States Senate until the survivors are being made available to the Congress.”

Graham’s statement comes just as Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) plans to call for a vote on three nominees to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the second most powerful court in the U.S., which is now largely conservative.

A new report on Benghazi was aired on CBS’ “60 Minutes” Sunday night. Analayists in the report called the attack pre-planned, which goes against the White House’s stance that they were unsure of the nature of the attack for weeks after it claimed the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. GOP members of Congress have alleged a cover up on the part of the administration.

“I’m tired of hearing from people on TV and reading about stuff in books,” Graham said. “We need to get to the bottom of this. And to my House colleagues: Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has done great job. To Speaker Boehner (R-Ohio): please, for god’s sake, form a joint committee to get away from this blame game and find out exactly what happened … We’re just beginning on Benghazi. And to the families: we’re not going to let this go. Congress needs to up its game.”

Sources: ThinkProgress, Mediaite