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Lindsey Graham: Obama Doesn't Want Benghazi Truth

Thursday, 23 May 2013 11:07 AM

By Kenneth Hanner

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South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham charged that President Barack Obama doesn't want to get to the truth concerning the Benghazi terror attacks in order to protect his legacy.

"I don't think this president is very interested in finding out about the truth about Benghazi," Graham said Wednesday in an interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren. "This will affect his legacy."

The president, Graham said, has not been forthcoming about his actions regarding the Sept. 11 terror attack last year against the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador, were killed.

"When it comes to explaining his actions that night, before and after the attacks, when four Americans were murdered by al-Qaida affiliates, we don't know anything he did. We don't know where he was that night, when he went to bed, what he did months before when the consulate had been previously attacked," said Graham.

"The president has to account for what he did that night," Graham said,"… and why did he say for two weeks after the attack, 'We think this was a protest caused by a hateful video'? The president himself needs to account for what he told the American people."

Graham strongly ridiculed senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer, who appeared on five weekend talk shows to defend the Obama administration.

Pfeiffer on Sunday said that Republicans owe U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice an apology. Appearing on Sunday talk shows five days after the attacks, she was relying only on talking points given to her.

"This guy … is just on a different planet. I guess he thinks everybody in the country is stupid," Graham said. "Not only does she not deserve an apology from me or anybody else for the way she misled the American people, she deserves to be subpoenaed by the Congress and have to give answers to hard questions — something she's never had to do before."

Graham said Rice was "blowing smoke" in order to protect the president during his re-election campaign.

"She was blowing political smoke. She was selling for the president," said Graham. "She was trying to create a narrative before the election that the consulate was strongly secured and the president was a strong leader on the war on terror."

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