Graham to press House GOP to subpoena Benghazi survivors

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) will press House leaders to subpoena the survivors of last year's attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi. 

Graham told Fox News he would meet with Republican House leaders on Thursday to ask them to issue the subpoenas. House Republicans hold the majority in the lower chamber and have the power to subpoena the White House, while Senate Republicans do not.

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“I'm going to meet with the House leadership tomorrow, hoping they will take up the Benghazi cause,” Graham said Wednesday night. “The one thing Republicans can do is use the leverage they have in the House to subpoena these survivors so we'll find out what happened that night. I guarantee you there are people wanting to talk, but are afraid to talk, and a subpoena would make a difference.”

Reports that the Obama administration is blocking congressional access to several people wounded in the attack have rekindled allegations that the White House has something to hide. Republicans in the House and Senate have threatened to subpoena the survivors and hold up Obama's nominee to replace Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who died in the attack last Sept. 11 along with three other Americans, The Hill first reported last week.

“I believe the attitude of the House leadership is changing when it comes to Benghazi,” Graham said. “They're going to be more aggressive.

“I think that [House] Speaker [John] Boehner is very much in the mindset of trying to get to the bottom of Benghazi. But yes, I will urge Speaker Boehner to use the powers of the House not to chase rabbits, but to get to the bottom line. We have not heard from the people who went through this debacle who were there on the ground. I guarantee if this had been a good news story, we would have heard from them the next day. The fact we haven't heard from them for six months should make every American worried about what this administration is covering up.”