Senator Graham Press Releases
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The Time for Stonewalling, Delaying and Denying are Over
Mr President, the families of the fallen and the American people deserve nothing less than a full accounting of what happened.
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) tonight made this statement on revelations from CBS News and Fox News Channel about new details on the Benghazi, Libya attack.
"Enough already, Mr. President. You need to address the American people and account for your leadership in the attack on our Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. You should explain to the American people what you knew, when you knew it, and what you did about it before, during and after the attack.
"It is wrong for you to repeatedly refuse to answer even the most basic questions about the death of Ambassador Stevens and the three other Americans killed in Benghazi. The continued revelations about this
debacle must be addressed.
"Today, CBS News reported that the counter-terrorism experts in the Counterterrorism Security Group (CSG) were not called upon for their advice as protocols require.
"Yesterday, Fox News reported the existence of an August 16 cable from Ambassador Stevens and our embassy in Libya detailing a meeting held a day earlier which discussed the rise of al-Qaeda in Libya. The cable noted that at least ten al-Qaeda splinter groups were identified to be operating in Benghazi. We now know two of these groups have been associated with the September 11th attack. In addition, the cable reported our consulate could not be defended from a coordinated attack and requested additional
"Mr President, the families of the fallen and the American people deserve nothing less than a full accounting of what happened. They deserve the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. The time for stonewalling, delaying, and denying are over."
CBS News: Key task force not convened during Benghazi consulate attack
Fox News: Classified Cable warned consulate couldn't withstand coordinated attack
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