Leah Barkoukis

More than a year has gone by since four Americans were killed in the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack, and despite all the Capitol Hill hearings, Sen. Lindsey Graham isn’t satisfied with the information lawmakers have received. Thus, on Fox News Sunday, Graham again stated that he will continue blocking all of Obama’s nominees for executive branch positions until Congress hears from those on the ground during the attack.

“I shouldn’t have to do this—to make these threats,” he said. But until survivors are made available to Congress, he will.

“I don’t think it’s over the top to find out what happened to four dead Americans,” he said. “I don’t think it’s over the top to talk to survivors. The State Department interviewed these survivors.”

Graham has been asking for the FBI’s transcripts of interviews with State Department and CIA survivors who were evacuated to Germany after the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate.

In an Oct. 28 letter Graham, the State Department’s Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs, Julia Frifield, referred to "significant risks" and "serious concerns about having the survivors of the attack submit to additional interviews."

Graham and other Republicans believe the transcripts will show the survivors told the FBI it was a terrorist attack and made no mention of a video or anti-U.S. demonstration at the consulate.

Graham won’t be able to make this happen alone, however.

“The only way this will work is if my GOP colleagues get behind me and Democrats too and support my request to find out exactly what happened.”


Leah Barkoukis

Leah Barkoukis is the Managing Editor at Townhall Magazine.

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