Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said today he doesn’t believe UN Ambassador Susan Rice’s claim that she was just using the intelligence available at the time when saying days after the Benghazi attack that it was most likely the result of protests over an anti-Muhammad video.
“I don’t believe that the best and current intelligence assessment on 16 September was that there was a spontaneous event in Benghazi based on a video that led to a mob that became a riot. The CIA station chief on the day of the attack reported in real time, ‘We’re under attack by al-Qaeda affiliates.’ The president in Libya said on the day of the attack — excuse me, on 16 September — al-Qaeda was involved,” Graham said today on ABC’s This Week.
“We’ve got drones. Release the video. We all know what a mob looks like in the Mideast,” he added.
Rice made the first comments about her post-Benghazi media tour in a Wednesday press conference.
“When discussing the attacks against our facilities in Benghazi, I relied solely and squarely on the information provided to me by the intelligence community. I made clear that the information was preliminary and that our investigations would give us the definitive answers. Everyone, particularly the intelligence community, has worked in good faith to provide the best assessment based on the information available,” Rice said.
“I am increasingly convinced — the FBI interviewed the survivors in Ramstein, Germany, the day after. I’m increasingly convinced that the best and current intelligence assessment on 16 September went against the video. The video was a political smokescreen,” Graham said. “The actual facts were this was a coordinated, pre-planned terrorist attack. When the president said on Letterman we think the video caused this, when he said to the U.N. that we’re not going to let some hateful video turn the Mideast into a bad spot, that they’re not relying on the best and current intelligence assessment, they’re pushing a political story.”