Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., today said a new House committee report on the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi is “full of crap.”
The report by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, two years in the making and released Friday evening, asserts that intelligence and military officials responded appropriately during the attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.
Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the House intelligence panel is “doing a lousy job policing their own.”
The bipartisan report by the Republican-led panel also found no cover-ups and no deliberate misconduct by Obama administration officials following the attacks.
When host Gloria Borger noted that the report found no one lied, Graham replied:
That’s a bunch of garbage. This report puts all the blame on the State Department and absolves the intelligence community.
Graham last week called for creation of a Senate Select Committee on Benghazi, an upper chamber version of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, formed in May and led by Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.
On the same program, Graham commented on President Obama’s executive action on illegal immigrants and the immigration system. The South Carolina Republican blamed the House for not acting sooner and giving Obama an opening to go it alone.
Graham, who last year helped pass the “Gang of Eight” comprehensive bill in the Senate, criticized the House for not considering that legislation — which many fellow Republicans said was based on amnesty for lawbreakers:
Shame on us as Republicans. Shame on us as Republicans for having a body that cannot generate a solution to an issue that is national security, that’s cultural and it’s economic.