Graham: Obama's Libya defense 'B.S.’

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOvernight Health Care — Presented by the Association of American Medical Colleges — Trump officials move to expand non-ObamaCare health plans | 'Zero tolerance' policy stirs fears in health community | New ObamaCare repeal plan McCain, Coons: Trump should withdraw controversial refugee nominee GOP senators drafting legislation to keep immigrant families together MORE (R-S.C.) called President Obama’s statements on Libya “a lot of B.S.” on Friday after the president said that his administration wasn’t playing politics with its response to the deadly attack.

“In the words of President Obama, this statement sounds like a lot of B.S.,” Graham said in a statement, referencing Obama’s comments in a Rolling Stone article.

“This Administration does play politics with national security,” Graham said. “In an effort to look strong, this Administration has strategically leaked classified information about numerous sensitive national security programs, ranging from the raid on bin Laden, the cyber-attacks on Iran, to disrupting the underwear bomber plot.”

Graham issued the statement in response to Obama’s comments in an Oval Office interview with Philadelphia radio host Michael Smerconish.

“My administration plays this stuff straight,” Obama said. “We don't play politics when it comes to American national security.

“As we got new information, we gave that to the American people,” Obama said. “And that includes, by the way, members of Congress. One of the things that always frustrates me about this town is when people go out there and try to politicize issues despite knowing that we have given them all this information.”

Graham blasted that response, saying that the administration has been “intentionally misleading the American people.”

“Fearful that the reality on the ground in Benghazi cuts against the narrative that al-Qaeda has been dismantled, the Administration has been cherry-picking intelligence,” Graham said. “There was no mob, there was no riot. This was a preplanned attack by al-Qaeda affiliated militia.”

He complained that he requested information from U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice over why she said the attack was sparked by a protest but has yet to receive a response.  

Congressional Republicans have harshly criticized the administration’s response to the attack in Libya and are running several investigations of the incident. They want to know why the administration initially attributed the attack to a spontaneous protest over an anti-Islam video before later calling it a terrorist attack. 

GOP investigators also have heard testimony from State Department officials who said requests for more security in Libya were refused by the administration.