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Lindsey Graham to Hagel: ‘Name one person … who’s intimidated by the Israel lobby in the United States Senate’ [VIDEO]

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      Jamie Weinstein

      Jamie Weinstein is Senior Editor of The Daily Caller. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, the New York Daily News and The Washington Examiner, among many other publications. He also worked as the Collegiate Network Journalism Fellow at Roll Call Newspaper and is the winner of the 2011 "Funniest Celebrity in Washington" contest. A regular on Fox News and other cable news outlets, Weinstein received a master’s degree in the history of international relations from the London School of Economics in 2009 and a bachelor's degree in history and government from Cornell University in 2006. He is the author of the political satire, "The Lizard King: The Shocking Inside Account of Obama's True Intergalactic Ambitions by an Anonymous White House Staffer."

South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham forcefully interrogated Chuck Hagel during Hagel’s confirmation hearing to become the next U.S. secretary of defense Thursday.

Graham focused on a comment Hagel made in an interview for a book that there is a “Jewish lobby” that “intimidates a lot of people” on Capitol Hill.

Noting that Hagel had already said he should have used the term “pro-Israel lobby” instead of “Jewish lobby,” Graham asked Hagel to “name one person, in your opinion, who’s intimidated by the Israel lobby in the United States Senate.”

“I don’t know,” Hagel ultimately conceded.

Graham continued his interrogation, asking Hagel to, “Name one dumb thing we’ve been goaded into doing because of the pressure from the Israeli or Jewish lobby?”

“I have already stated that I regret the terminology,” Hagel protested.

“But you said back then, it makes us do dumb things,” Graham pressed. “You can’t name one senator intimidated, now give me one example of the dumb things that we’re pressured to do up here.”

“Well, I can’t give you an example,” Hagel admitted.

Earlier in the hearing, Hagel said he should have used the term “pro-Israel lobby” instead of “Jewish lobby.” He also said he should have said “influence” instead of ”intimidates.”

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