Is Lyndsey Graham More Powerful Than Obama

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    How is it that Lyndsey Graham was able to get access for the FBI to a suspect being held by the Tunisian government in just two days, when Barack Obama hasn't been able to accomplish it in 3 weeks?
    Is Obama just weak, incompetent and unable to negotiate or did he just not make an effort?
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    U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham Demands Access to Tunisian Terror Suspect
    Paul Rosenfeld | 01 November 2012 |

    U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) warned yesterday that the American government could reconsider aid to Tunisia if American officials are not given access to Ali al-Harzi, who is a Tunisian suspected of participating in the September 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.

    In a letter to Tarek Amri, the Tunisian charge d’affaires in Washington D.C., Graham urged Amri to engage with the Tunisian government and “ensure cooperation between our intelligence services, law enforcement officials, as well as their Libyan counterparts, so that we may question this individual about the horrific attacks that cost us the lives of four brave Americans.”

    Graham warned that if Tunisian authorities fail to act, the partnership between the two countries could be in “serious jeopardy.”
    U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham Demands Access to Tunisian Terror Suspect - Tunisia Live : Tunisia Live
     
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    Sorry.
    Can you highlight the bit where it says that the FBI have access?
     
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    Authorities in Tunisia have agreed to allow FBI investigators access to a detained Islamic militant suspected of playing a role in the Sept. 11 attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya, U.S. officials said on Friday.
    Under an arrangement worked out between Tunisian and U.S. officials, American investigators will be allowed to interview Ali Ani al Harzi under the supervision of Tunisian officials.

    The arrangement was first made public in a written statement issued on Friday by two Republican U.S. senators, Saxby Chambliss, vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Lindsey Graham, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

    The senators said that while it was "unfortunate" that it had taken some time for the agreement to be reached, "allowing American investigators in person access will make the interview more meaningful and is a welcome breakthrough in our efforts to find the perpetrators to the Benghazi ... attacks."

    Earlier this week, Graham wrote to the Tunisian government advising them how important it was to him and other U.S. legislators for al Harzi to be made available to U.S. investigators. Meanwhile, Chambliss urged the FBI to seek access to al Harzi and any other individuals who might be detained in connection with the attacks.


    U.S. Investigators to Get Access to Benghazi Suspect
     
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    Good for them!
     
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    Yeah, I think so too as much as it pains me to say anything nice about Lyndsey Graham.
     
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    Sometimes the direct approach works I guess.
     
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    Pretty sad. A Senator could do what our President COULDN'T!
     
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    This is either Graham cleverly injecting himself into a process already being carried out by the executive branch,

    in a manner timed to make it look as though he had some special influence,

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    a possible violation of the Logan Act.
     
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    all part of the presidents promise to bring em to justice speech
     
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    More like a senator wanted to get to the truth and the president wanted to avoid it. As the latter does with Benghazi. It's easy to get away with murder when one holds the highest amount of power in a land.
     

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