Graham Vows To ‘Fight Back’ Against Reid For Disregarding His Hold On Hagel

Sen. Linsdey Graham (R-SC) said Tuesday night that he was very disappointed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) threat not to honor his “hold” on the confirmation of Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense.

“I’m very disappointed,” Graham told a small group of reporters after the president’s State of the Union speech. “I’m very upset about it and I’m going to fight back.”

Graham said he will demand a cloture vote and hopes all Republicans will filibuster Hagel’s nomination until the Obama administration provides the answers he wants.

“It gives double-standard a bad name. They really did go hard after [President] Bush when he — his interrogation policies,” Graham said. “They held up [John] Bolton for information. They’re trying to jam Hagel through. We need more information about where he got his money and what speeches he gave.”

“Chuck Hagel’s a good man but they’re stonewalling us on Benghazi.”

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