GRAHAM: I don't -- I don't believe that. I will -- here's what I want to know. Have the intelligence community, not the deputies, the people on the ground, put in one pile all the evidence of a pre-planned, coordinated terrorist attack with Al Qaida militia in one pot and put in the other pot the evidence that this was a spontaneous mob created by a hateful video.
I've seen no evidence -- what did the FBI get from the survivors? They said there was never a mob to begin with. There were mobs in the -- riots in the Mideast, but none of them have mortars, none of them lasted for seven hours. And why for seven hours could we not help these poor people? Where was the Department of Defense?
And when you look at the history of Benghazi, George, August 16th, there was a report coming out of Benghazi saying there are 10 Al Qaida militias roaming around Benghazi, we cannot withstand a coordinated attack. This is on 16 August. The British closed their consulate in Benghazi. The Red Cross left. We kept our consulate open, unreinforced. There was an Al Qaida storm brewing for months. I blame the president above all others.
STEPHANOPOULOS: You're still -- you're as forceful as ever.
GRAHAM: We'll get to the bottom of this.
STEPHANOPOULOS: So do you still oppose Ambassador Rice's elevation to secretary of state, if that's what President Obama chooses to do?
GRAHAM: When she comes over, if she does, there will be a lot of questions asked of her about this event and others. But I do not believe the video is the cause -- when 14 September -- when Secretary Clinton told the families, "We're going to put in jail the man who made this video," she should have said, "I'm sorry we left the consulate open and it became a death trap. I'm sorry we couldn't help your family for over seven hours."
I don't believe the video is the reason for this. I don't believe it was ever the reason for this. That was a political story, not an intel story, and we're going to hold people accountable...
GRAHAM: ... for a major national security breakdown three weeks before the election. That is our job.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Senator Durbin...
GRAHAM: And we will do our job.
STEPHANOPOULOS: ... you were shaking your head there.
DURBIN: Well, I can just tell you, if this were an NFL football game, the critics of Ambassador Rice would be penalized for piling on. For goodness' sake, she got the report from the intelligence community. She dutifully reported it to the public, just exactly what we expect her to do. They had decided not to include the Al Qaida reference so we wouldn't compromise our sources in Benghazi and in Libya. And now we have the committees of jurisdiction, the Intelligence Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Homeland Security Committee, all taking an honest, bipartisan look at this. It's the way it should be done.