Lindsey Graham On Benghazi: Hillary Clinton "Got Away With Murder"
Senator Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) reflects on Secretary Clinton's testimony regarding the September 11 Benghazi consulate attack and demands that Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta must testify.
Van Susteren: Senator Hagel has been nominated by the president to be the new secretary of defense. How are you going to vote on that one?
Graham: It will depend on what he says at the hearing Thursday. But the one thing I'm not gonna do is vote on a new secretary of defense until the old secretary of defense, Leon Panetta, who I like very much, testifies about what happened in Benghazi. I haven't forgotten about what happened in Benghazi. Hillary Clinton got away with murder, in my view. She said they had a clear-eyes view of the threats. How can they have a clear-eyes view of the threats in Benghazi when you didn't know about the Ambassador's cable coming back?
Van Susteren: But you guys had ten hours with her. I mean ten hours--
Graham: All I can say is our guys tried to ask questions, she is very good on her feet, ducking these questions, but she said two things that will come back to haunt her: that they had a clear-eyed assessment of the threats in Libya and that they had close contact with the Libyan government. I don't beleive either one of them.
Van Susteren: Is Secretary Panetta going to testify?
Graham: Well, I'm not going to... I'm going to block Hagel from going forward--
Van Susteren: So you're going to block him?
Graham: Absolutely. Why would we not want to understand what happened during the attack itself. How could our secretary...? What happened for seven hours? Why were there no military assets available on September 11?
Van Susteren: Why hasn't he been called by the House?
Graham: I have no idea why he hasn't been called by the House. But, what did the president do? When did the president first get notified of the attack on our consulate? What did he do for those seven hours? If he did order assets to go in to help these people, when did he give the order, what did they say when he told them? There's nothing we can do.