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The two senior Republicans took to the Senate Floor Tuesday afternoon, deploying some spicy language.


McCain, Graham drop ‘F’ bomb in Senate

The two senior Republicans took to the Senate Floor Tuesday afternoon, deploying some spicy language.

Two senior Republicans took to the Senate Floor Tuesday afternoon, deploying some spicy language to get their point across.

Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) used the occasion to co-introduce a resolution asking that an independent counsel be engaged to investigate national security leaks that appear to trace back to the White House. The leaks have become apparent after a succession of news articles detailing classified U.S. programs including cyberwarfare, drone strikes, and a White House “kill list.”

“I can’t think of any time that I have seen such breaches of ongoing national security programs as has been the case here,” McCain said. “The damage to our national security has been articulated by many both in and outside of the administration.”

Graham marveled at detailed accounts and descriptions of classified activities in a new book by New York Times reporter David Sanger, Confront and Conceal, which Graham said provided evidence that administration problems with information sharing dated back to the assassination of Osama bin Laden last year.

“In the book there’s a scenario where the Secretary of Defense (Robert Gates) goes to the National Security Adviser, Thomas Donilon, and says, ‘I have a new communications strategy for you regarding the bin Laden raid: Shut the “F” up,'” Graham said, using a letter to signify the obscenity.

Sen McCain repeated the quote, also censoring himself for CSPAN.

“Shut the ‘F’ up,” he said. “That is a devastating comment and leads one to the suspicion that things were done improperly in the revelation of these most important and sensitive programs that were being catried out and are ongoing to this day.”

Graham also pointed to letters written by then-senator Barack Obama in which he asked for the appointment of a special counsel to look into leaks that led to the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame, an incident that has been repeatedly compared to the current situation.

“All we’re asking for is what Sen. Obama…asked for in previous national security events and events involving corruption in the government,” he said.

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Hope Hodge first covered military issues for the Daily News of Jacksonville, N.C., where her beat included the sprawling Marine Corps base, Camp Lejeune. During her two years at the paper, she received investigative reporting awards for exposing a former Marine who was using faked military awards to embezzle disability pay from the government and for breaking news about the popularity of the designer drug Spice in the ranks. Her work has also appeared in The American Spectator, New York Sun, WORLD Magazine, and The Washington Post. Hodge was born near Boston, Mass., where she grew up as a lover of Revolutionary War history and fall foliage. She also discovered a love of politics and policy as a grassroots volunteer and activist on Beacon Hill. She graduated in 2009 with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from The King's College in New York City, where she served as editor-in-chief of her school newspaper and worked as a teaching assistant when not freelancing or using student discounts to see Broadway shows. Hopeâ??s email is