Senator Lindsey Graham says Hillary Clinton’s management of the Benghazi crisis could cost her a “promotion” to the presidency.
“In the military, she wouldn’t be promoted,” the South Carolina Republican tells National Review.
Graham, a colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, argues that if Clinton were an officer her stumbles would likely cripple her career.
He points to her media appearances in the wake of the attacks as evidence of her shaky leadership skills. “How in the world could she have believed that the death of Chris Stevens was a spontaneous riot motivated by a hateful video? Either she is completely disconnected from reality or that was political spin.”
“Ultimately, the voters will decide, but if you’re running to be commander in chief, people are going to judge you by the job you’ve done,” he explains. “She will have to prove to people that the debacle that happened on her watch can be overcome.”
“Remember, [during the 2008 campaign] she talked about the 3 a.m. phone call,” he says. “That was a pretty clever move, asking if Barack Obama was ready. But when Greg Hicks made a 2 a.m. call, she said, ‘Here’s what I’m going to do to help you,’ rather than asking, ‘what do you want me to do to help you?’”
Graham has been involved with the Benghazi investigation for months, and he was one of the first lawmakers to meet with Hicks, who was the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya during the attacks. Their first meeting came in March at Graham’s Senate office, and Graham quickly put Hicks in touch with House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa.
“When I first met Greg, he was very worried, very nervous, not sure what to do, but felt that he had to do something,” he recalls. “He’s the ultimate professional, and he has dedicated his life to foreign service.”
“Greg is not the only one, though,” he adds. “There are more people who want to come forward and share what they know.”
Graham has recently met with several people close to the situation, and he is helping investigators connect with them.