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July 31, 2013 - 2:32 pm

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said today that military and intelligence personnel are not receiving permission to chase down solid leads in bringing the perpetrators of the Benghazi attack to justice.

Graham noted that CNN recently interview Ahmed Abu Khattala, head of Ansar al-Sharia, and asked him about the attack on-camera, “but nobody from the FBI, the Libyan government has ever talked to him and he’s a person of high interest, according to our government.”

“CNN found him within two hours. Apparently we can’t find him. Maybe we need to contract out to the media to go get these suspects. But this is a pathetic effort to bring people to justice,” Graham said this morning on Fox.

The senator said he’s had “special forces operatives and intelligence community personnel come up to me over the last two months and say they’ve got great leads, know where other members who planned the attacks are located in Libya and can’t get approval to go after them.”

“This is not a phony scandal. This is a pathetic effort to bring people to justice. I think if you’ve got these folks, you would find out how terrorist-centered this attack was. It was not based on a video. Maybe they’re still looking for the guy from the video and that’s why they can’t find these folks. I don’t know. But my belief is the people who killed our folks are wandering around Libya in the wide open and we aren’t doing a damn thing about it,” he said.

Graham called the administration policy of calling Benghazi a phony scandal a case of “attack the critic.”

“At the end of the day, we’re almost a year out from Benghazi, not one person has been put in jail, but CNN was able to find the leader of the organization responsible for the attack after a two-hour effort in Benghazi, no one has been brought to jail. We still don’t know if Hillary Clinton approved the consulate to be opened after it failed the security inspection. We still have no idea who changed the talking points to start this lie that it was a video — riot caused by a video,” he said.

“The basics of what happened in Benghazi are unknown and the Congress has never been able to interview one survivor. They’re writing books, they’re appearing on TV. This has to stop. This is not a scandal. This is a national security failure where four brave Americans died and we’re doing nothing to bring the people to justice, to understand how it failed.”

More: Benghazi Hearing: Special Ops Commander Said He Was Traveling, Had ‘Unreliable Communications’

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Graham will pursue this until they let him in on the secret they don't want us to know. Then he will drop it.
1 year ago
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I'm beginning to think our Congressmen have about as much power and influence as an elected school board member up against permanent bureaucrats.
1 year ago
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Graham has a usual template. He comes out with stuff like this to express his outrage and then never does anything about it. Quite the opposite, he usually ends up siding with those he initially critised. It is such an old tirsome shtick.
1 year ago
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to understand how it failed.

Oh Please, we know how it failed. Obama and his administration have admitted it. Obama wasn't available to make decisions. There are remarks that Obama's administration 'had a request in' to the government of Libya, such as it was, to secure the area, but otherwise. Obama did nothing.
1 year ago
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Senator Graham is wrong. Regarding Obama and Co. constantly repeating that these are phony scandals is not a case of 'attack the critic". It is a linguistic game to get the politicians and the press to regurgitate the word "scandal" so many times that no one will ever use the actual word that describes the avalanche of malfeasance this administration has unleashed: corruption. Scandal is mildly titillating, naughty; corruption is simply evil.
1 year ago
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Why in Goid's name would these organizations bring this information to Graham. They would be just as well server by taking it to Dingy Harry or Obama. Graham is a self serving pain in the butt that spends most of his time wooing the Democrats.
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>> This is a national security failure where four brave Americans died and we’re doing nothing

It was not a security failure. It was and is an act of war. But they don't want it to be that, anything but that.
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