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Benghazi investigation falters amid fear of militant reprisals

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The latest blow to the Benghazi criminal investigation comes as some members of Congress vow to hold up action on President Obama’s national security agenda until they get answers from the administration about the Benghazi attack – including why the US mission was so lightly protected in a region of Libya known to be falling under the influence of militias and militant Islamist groups.

Influential Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Tuesday he would push to hold up Mr. Obama’s nomination of White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to head the CIA until the administration provides answers on Benghazi.

"I have not forgotten about the Benghazi debacle and still have many questions about what transpired before, during, and after the attack on our consulate," Senator Graham said on Fox News. "In that regard, I do not believe we should confirm anyone as director of the CIA until our questions are answered."

In November, Graham said he was “very disappointed in our intelligence community,” which he said had “failed in many ways” in the lead-up to the Benghazi attack. Anyone looking at events in Benghazi in the weeks before September 2012 would see that “this was [an] Al Qaeda storm in the making,” he said.

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