SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-S.C.): Well, on the day of the vote, there was a blog posting about a speech I think in 2007 or 2008 that Chuck Hagel made at Rutgers University, and the blogger was a supporter of Senator Hagel. He was thinking about running for president, and he put on his blog the next day six points of the speech, question-and-answer session. And point six was allegedly Senator Hagel said that the U.S. State Department was an adjunct of the Israeli foreign minister’s office, which I think would be breathtaking if he said that, had such a view.
I got a letter back from Senator Hagel, in response to my question, did you say that and do you believe that? And, the letter says he did not recall saying that. He disavowed that statement.
ANCHOR CHRIS WALLACE: Is that enough for you?
GRAHAM: Well, if in fact that’s true, that would end that matter because he previously said in a book that the Jewish lobby intimidates members of Congress, particularly the U.S. Senate, and makes us — pushes us to make very bad decisions. If the second statement were true, he said, the secretary of state’s office is under the control of the Israeli foreign ministers, those two together, would show … [his] view of the Israeli-U.S. relationship way out of mainstream.
So, I’ll just take him at his word unless something new comes along.