Those of us who’d hoped that the Benghazi scandal might finally be over might have jumped the gun. CNN reported Sunday that Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) called the latest report “crap.” It’s clear from what he told CNN that he doesn’t believe a word of it.
Graham said that the report can’t be accurate, “given the role that Mike Morell played in misleading the Congress on two different occasions.” Mike Morell was the CIA’s director at the time of the Benghazi attack, and Graham wants to know why his alleged lies weren’t in the report.
For those who don’t yet know, this particular Benghazi investigation came from the House Intelligence Committee, has been going on for two years, and found no wrongdoing on the part of the Obama administration. The panel conducting the investigation was led by Republicans. It basically said what all the other Benghazi reports have said over the last two years.
So this is really nothing new.
However, Graham said that he was going to do a hard review of the report. The problem is, his questions are the same questions that report after report has answered. They just haven’t told him what he wants to hear, so he’s going to keep digging. Some members of the GOP probably hope to keep this going for another two years, because Hillary Clinton is a possible contender for the presidency. She was also the Secretary of State at the time of the attack.
Some Republicans want to move on from Benghazi now, which makes perfect sense in light of the fact that nobody is finding anything noteworthy. No cover-ups, no lies, no wrongdoing. Nothing. This report did show that there were some flawed processes when it came to crafting talking points, and that security wasn’t nearly as strong as people had thought. But nothing on the scale that the GOP and “Fox News” have been screaming about since 2012.
Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) has felt for a long time that they should move on. On “Meet the Press,” he said, according to “The Huffington Post”:
I always thought the biggest problem with Benghazi is how it was cast by the administration, and the remarks of Susan Rice just really flew in the face of what we knew was going on. But with regard to other things that were addressed by this report, yes, I’ve thought that for a long time we ought to move beyond that.
One would think that Graham would accept these findings, because they come from a Republican-led committee, and conclude an investigation that’s been going on for forever. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Perhaps Graham won’t be too dreadfully successful, but it sounds like this isn’t nearly as over as it ought to be.