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Loop Quote of the Week Winner: Lindsey Graham on Benghazi

Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) hold a news conference to call for a special committee to investigate the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, on Capitol Hill, April 9, 2014. (EPA/Michael Reynolds)

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) wants you to know there are some “scumbags” involved in the Benghazi drama, but he is not one of them.

Questions and accusations around the Benghazi attacks are back in a big way this week (did they ever really go away?) and it’s bringing out a whole new wave of fury from the right.

There have been many noteworthy exchanges this week, as colleague Wesley Lowery notes in a longer piece about the outrage over new Benghazi-related White House emails. On Tuesday night when the documents were first made public, the Loop wrote about them, which show how White House staff prepped then U.N.-Ambassador Susan Rice for the Sunday shows after protests spread across the Arab world and the deadly attacks on the Benghazi mission in September 2012.

Well, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who, along with buddy Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), has been incensed in his takedown of the White House over the Benghazi issue, went on a conservative radio show Thursday calling Obama administration officials “scumbags.” Graham, who is facing several challenges from the right in his primary election this year, forcefully rejected the notion that he was only making noise about Benghazi again because of his tea party competition.

“Some guy said this about me yesterday on the left: The only reason I cared about this was because I have six tea party opponents,” he told radio host Mike Gallagher. “Well, if that’s true, I’m the biggest scumbag in America. I don’t think that’s true. I know it’s not true.”

Graham then continued, “The scumbags are the people in the White House who lied about this.”

Colby Itkowitz is the lead anchor of the Inspired Life blog. She previously covered the quirks of national politics and the federal government.

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