Senators Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Repubublican, and John McCain, Arizona Republican, emerged from their Capitol Hill meeting with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice on Tuesday “more disturbed” from what they learned from what they learned on the Obama’s handling of the deadly attacks against the diplomatic mission in Benghazi. USA Today reported:
“It is clear the information she gave the American people was incorrect when she said that it was a spontaneous demonstration triggered by a hateful video,” McCain told reporters after the meeting with Rice. “It was not, and there was compelling evidence at the time that that was certainly not the case.”
“The bottom line is that I’m more disturbed than I was before … about how four Americans died in Benghazi, Libya,” Graham said. In a statement, Rice said she and acting CIA director Michael Morell, who joined her for the meeting with lawmakers, reiterated to the senators that her misstatements made on several Sunday talk shows on Sept. 16 were based on talking points provided by the intelligence community.
Sen. Graham later told reporters that although he believes Ambassador Rice regrets what she said to the American people, which “proved to be wrong” she didn’t need to apologize to him.
“I don’t dislike Ambassador Rice. It’s not about disliking her. I didn’t dislike the people in the Bush administration who were saying everything was great in Iraq. It wasn’t,” Senator Graham said. “What happened in Benghazi wasn’t a video. It wasn’t spontaneous,” he added.
On the other hand, Senator Graham wants the Obama administration to apologize to the families who lost loved ones in the Benghazi attacks.
“I think [the Obama administration] owe the families an apology. When Secretary Clinton met the families when the bodies were coming back, she said to the family,” said Graham, “…that ‘We’re gonna get that guy who did this video. And what she should have said was, ‘We’re gonna get these terrorists who killed your family members.’”
Charles Woods, the father of slain Navy seal Ty Woods, told various media outlets that Sec. Clinton told him that law enforcement authorities would arrest and prosecute the individual behind the online film trailer the administration was blaming for the Benghazi attack at the time.
“The film didn’t cause this attack. This was an attack that was a long time in the making,” Graham said. “I think they owe the family an apology for suggesting that’s the reason their family members were killed.”