FBI Director James Comey has been in office for just over two months but he's already taking a different position than the Justice Department, telling a Senate committee today that he has no problem with members of Congress talking to Benghazi survivors and witnesses.
"As the FBI director, I don't have an objection to it," Comey said. "I don't know whether the prosecutors would feel differently or if there's some other reason I'm not thinking of. But speaking from my perspective, yeah, I don't have an objection to that."
Until now, Benghazi witnesses have only spoken to the FBI, which is still investigating the attack on the diplomatic mission that killed four Americans; members of certain Congressional committees;
and 60 Minutes. Beyond that, the State Department advised that access to the witnesses be restricted, for fear that it would compromise the criminal justice process.
Conservatives have used Congress's inability to question Benghazi survivors as a rallying cry against Obama, with Senator Lindsey Graham threatening to block all of his appointments until Congress was allowed to speak to the witnesses. Now it seems their wishes may be granted.
The State Department has yet to comment, but Graham told the Associated Press that he was "very pleased to hear these comments by the FBI Director" and "hopeful the State Department will review and hopefully change their position allowing the Benghazi witnesses to be interviewed by Congress for oversight purposes."
If the State Department agrees, Graham can drop Benghazi grandstanding and go back his abortion bill grandstanding. More likely, he'll do both in equal measure.
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