WASHINGTON — A top Republican took aim at his Republican colleagues Sunday for issuing a report that largely absolved the Obama administration for its handling of the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, dismissing the accounting by the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee as “full of crap.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said that in compiling its report the committee accepted a “complete bunch of garbage” and allowed more finger-pointing within the administration about responsibility for the fatalities at the consulate.

“I’m saying the House Intelligence Committee is doing a lousy job policing their own,” Graham said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“This report puts all the blame on the State Department and absolves the intelligence community,” he said.

“When the Department of Defense committees looked at it, the Department of Defense was held blameless. At the end of the day, everybody is pointing fingers to everybody else,” Graham said.

Other Republican members of Congress suggested that the Benghazi debate end. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. said he thinks it’s time to “move beyond that.”

The back-and-forth followed the Friday release of the latest report about the attacks that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other embassy officials.

The House review found that the administration did not intentionally mislead people about how the attacks unfolded, despite the fact that its early statements turned out to be wrong.

No one gave an order to the U.S. military to “stand down” in their efforts to save the Americans in the consulate, as some have claimed, the report concludes.

Like previous reviews, the investigation determined that the State Department didn’t have enough security at the compound to begin with and needed CIA assistance to get the situation under control.

Though the new report reached many of the same conclusions as previous reviews, it drew new attention because it was generated by House Republicans.

Graham said he was looking forward to the work of another House committee, the Select Committee on Benghazi, to dig further into the matter.

The Select Committee on Benghazi is the eighth such government panel to investigate the incident.