Sen. Lindsey Graham said that the testimony this week from a former top U.S. diplomat in Libya will “completely and fully” contradict the Obama administration’s explanation of how events unfolded in the Benghazi attacks that led to the deaths of four Americans.
Mr. Graham, South Carolina Republican, said during an appearance on former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s radio show that more information is going to come to light in the hearings and said the White House has to be “looked at long and hard about manipulating the facts here.”
“I think the dam is about to break and you are going to find a system failure before, during and after,” Mr. Graham said. “You are going to find political manipulation seven weeks before an election. You are going to find people asleep at the switch when it comes to the State Department, including Hillary Clinton.”
The Washington Times reported Monday that Gregory N. Hicks, who became the chief of the U.S. mission when Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was killed in the attack, told House investigators on Libya that more could have been one to defend Mr. Stevens and the three others who died in the attack.
Mr. Hicks is scheduled to testify before the House Oversight Committee Wednesday on Capitol Hill.
The appearance comes a few weeks after House Republicans released a report that found the White House and State Department failed to act on intelligence in the run-up to the attack.
“This progress report reveals a fundamental lack of understanding at the highest levels of the State Department as to the dangers presented in Benghazi, Libya, as well as a concerted attempt to insulate the Department of State from blame following the terrorist attacks,” the GOP investigation concluded in its 46-page report.
Mr. Graham vowed on Monday to keep pushing the Obama administration for more information on the Benghazi attacks.
“I hope the American people will want to keep pushing,” Mr. Graham said. “I want to keep pushing because the bond that has been broken between those who serve us in harms way and the government they serve is huge — and to me every bit as damaging as Watergate.”