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  •  The linked writeup for "Face the Nation"... (15+ / 0-)

    is pretty sickening.

    We'll definitely talk about those stalled nominations in the Senate, former Senator Chuck Hagel as Sec. of Defense and then John Brennan as head of the CIA. I think Congress needs more information about Benghazi, and that's one of the reasons Republicans say they're blocking these nominees from moving forward. I think there are two sides to this story. Lindsey Graham, John McCain, and Kelly Ayotte are trying to find out what happened on that night when those four Americans died. Senator Graham brought out during the hearings last week that the President got a briefing at five o'clock in the afternoon, and then apparently did not check in with the Secretary of Defense or the Director of the CIA again that evening or overnight. They want to know why. They want to know why, when a rescue team that had been on a chartered plane from Tripoli over to Benghazi, they were held for over two hours at the airport. Senator Graham wrote a letter to the President saying, "I simply want to know the answer to one question--did the President try to call the Libyan government at any time here?" Because he said, if they were released from the airport even fifteen minutes earlier, they might have saved two lives. They want to get those answers. And the other part is, until they get answers to that, and they want to know all about e-mails that went back and forth between the White House and the State Department about talking points and what they said about the attack, they want to hold up John Brennan as well. You've got two nominations being held up now. You've got some people saying, "Well, in the end, Hagel will be confirmed." I'm not convinced of that yet. I think this is going to go on for a while.


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