Lindsey Graham issues Benghazi-related nominations threat

"I'm going to block every appointment in the US Senate" until further Benghazi information is revealed

Topics: Lindsey Graham, Benghazi, The Washington Post, Twitter, U.S. Senate,

Lindsey Graham issues Benghazi-related nominations threat Lindsey Graham (Credit: Jeff Malet, maletphoto.com)

On Twitter, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham has threatened to block all of President Obama’s nominees unless he is provided with more information about the survivors of the 2012 Benghazi, Libya, terrorist attack.


According to the Washington Post, Graham has previously used his power to block nominees in order to secure more knowledge about the attack. Graham, for example, “briefly blocked the nomination of John Brennan to serve as the next CIA director until the White House acknowledged that President Obama did not call anyone in Libya the night of the raid but spoke with the Libyan president the day after.”

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Graham’s announcement comes on the same day that the Senate is scheduled to hold a vote to confirm Richard Griffin as the top lawyer at the National Labor Relations Board and as Senate Democrats are expected to hold votes soon on several nominees to federal judgeships, including picks to serve on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Holding up votes on any position at the NLRB would be notable, because the White House withdrew the names of several picks this summer as part of a bipartisan deal to move forward with a series of confirmation votes and maintain the current rules of the Senate.

Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a staff writer at Salon, focusing on politics. Follow him on Twitter at @eliasisquith, and email him at eisquith@salon.com.

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