Members of Congress continue to seek answers about what happened in the September 11 attack by an armed group on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya in which U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others were killed. Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, including Senator Lindsey Graham, continue to demand that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testify before the committee. Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Graham said he wants answers on what happened from Secretary Clinton’s point of view. Graham says he has some specific questions he would like answered.
“Were you informed of the deteriorating security situation? All of these cables (messages) coming out of Benghazi, did they ever get up to your level? And if they didn’t that’s a problem: if they did why didn’t you act differently?” “I think it’s very important to know how the intelligence coming from Libya was received in the State Department so we can learn and correct any mistakes that we need to correct.”
The committee may have a longer wait to hear from Secretary Clinton as the State Department announced Sunday that Secretary Clinton was admitted to a New York hospital on Sunday with a blood clot linked to a concussion she suffered earlier this month in a fall. U.S. officials said on Dec. 15 that Clinton, who canceled an overseas trip because of the stomach virus, suffered a concussion after fainting due to dehydration.
On December 21, President Obama nominated Massachusetts Senator John Kerry for Secretary of State to replace Secretary Clinton, who earlier announced plans to step down from the post. Graham says it is important to hear from Clinton before they hold confirmation hearings for Kerry.
“I’ve been told by Senator Kerry that he wants that approach also. He needs to hear what she says so he can make comments about whether about “I agree with her” or I don’t agree with her” “It makes sense for her to go first.”