Graham defended the proposals against charges that Hagel has not gone far enough, saying to host Bob Schieffer:
Bob, I've been a military lawyer for thirty years, and the idea of taking the power away from the commander to regulate the unit and impose discipline and give it to a military lawyer is not the right move. You can't solve any problem in the military without commander involvement. The steps that we're taking in the military are unprecedented. I wish we had a system like this in South Carolina, where every victim had a lawyer.
The culture in the military needs to change; it's unacceptable. Women are going through way too much harassment; our commanders need to be held more accountable, not less. But these steps of improving how you report a sexual assault, providing a lawyer for the victim to make sure they feel they can go through the system, having systems outside the command reporting chain to report a sexual assault, I think are corrective actions that need to be made. Taking this out of the military justice system, I think, is the wrong move.