Benghazigate

Hillary’s Real Benghazi Problem

Featured image Yesterday the State Department released a handful of Hillary Clinton’s emails relating to Benghazi. They have been selected at least twice for release to the public, once by Hillary’s minions and once by the Department, so no one expected any bombshells. Nevertheless, I find them surprisingly interesting. This post addresses what I think is the most important point. I will cover a few smaller matters in a future post. This »

More evidence, via “Sid Vicious,” of Hillary’s Benghazi deceit

Featured image Some of the information Sidney Blumenthal supplied to Hillary Clinton about Libya is said to have been flawed. But “Sid Vicious” got one important thing right. Two days after the attack, Blumenthal told Hillary that “sensitive sources” in Libya said Ansar al-Sharia, an Al Qaeda-backed terror group, had planned the attacks for a month and used the protest as a cover. (The day before he had advised Hillary that demonstrators »

The Truth About Benghazi Slowly Emerges

Featured image Years ago, Judicial Watch served Freedom of Information Act requests relating to Benghazi on the Defense Department and the State Department. The Obama administration stonewalled, as always, so Judicial Watch eventually had to sue to enforce its rights under FOIA. That lawsuit has been going on for more than two years, as the Obama administration continued to resist producing relevant documents. Finally, on September 9, 2014, a federal court in »

The Hillary “spoliation”

Featured image The latest news about Hillary Clinton’s email destruction may take her emails saga to another level. As John and Scott have discussed, Clinton apparently had her server wiped clean of emails after a congressional committee had been established to investigate matters as to which she knew her emails were relevant Even more importantly, Trey Gowdy says that Clinton made this decision after October 28, 2014, when the Department of State »

Hillary destroys evidence [updated]

Featured image The House Select Committee on Benghazi sent Hillary Clinton a subpoena for all her emails related to Libya on March 4. The committee statement on the issuance of the subpoena to Clinton is posted here. The committee followed up with a letter dated March 19 formally requesting Clinton’s email server. A PDF of the letter is posted here. After obtaining a two-week extension, Clinton attorney David Kendall responded by letter: »

Benghazi emails show that Clinton’s aides used private accounts

Featured image Michael Schmidt of the New York Times, who broke the story about Hillary Clinton’s use, exclusively, of a private account for State Department business, reports on the 300 or so Clinton emails that have been released to Trey Gowdy’s committee on Benghazi. Schmidt was not permitted to review these emails, but did receive descriptions of some of them from “four senior government officials.” Arguably, the most interesting fact revealed by »

Subpoena Hillary’s server

Featured image Trey Gowdy, chairman of the special House Committee that’s investigating Benghazi, said today that his committee lacks the power to subpoena Hillary Clinton’s email server because it is personal property. At the same time, Gowdy called on Clinton to turn over the server voluntarily. Clinton “doesn’t get to determine what’s a public record and what’s a personal record,” said Gowdy. Actually, in the absence of a subpoena, Clinton gets to »

From the mixed-up files of Ms. Hillary

Featured image Although it has had to file a Freedom of Information Act to get it done, Judicial Watch has succeeded in extracting a portion of Benghazi-related emails from the State Department. Judicial Watch had sought “Any and all records concerning, regarding, or related to notes, updates, or reports created in response to the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S, Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. This request includes but is not limited »

Back to the future

Featured image In September 2012, the Obama administration peddled the line that a hateful anti-Islamic video resulted in the attack on our consulate in Benghazi and the death of our ambassador and three of his colleagues. The administration sent Susan Rice forth to the Sunday gabfests following the September 11 attack to toe the line that the attack represented a protest that had spun out of control. Obama himself was still peddling »

My first impressions of the Weekly Standard’s take on the Benghazi report

Featured image Steve Hayes and Tom Joscelyn at the Weekly Standard have attacked the House Intelligence Committee’s report on Benghazi. I’ve known Tom for years and have the greatest respect for his work. I’ve also long admired Hayes’ reporting. However, I find portions of their attack unpersuasive. To be clear, I consider the Intelligence Committee’s report flawed in some important respects. However, I attribute the mains flaws to the desire to produce »

The Washington Post’s bogus Benghazi end-zone dance

Featured image The Washington Post, in an editorial called “Benghazi debunked,” claims that the House Intelligence Committee has “dump[ed] cold water on the GOP’s conspiracy theories” regarding Benghazi. The Post cites three alleged “GOP conspiracy theories:” (1) that the White House tried to obscure the fact that al Qaeda-linked terrorists were behind the attacks, (2) that stand-down orders were issued to those who were in a position to aid the compound, and »

More on “more than fair”

Featured image Yesterday, I wrote about the report on Benghazi issued by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. The report found essentially no fault on the part of the CIA or the military in its response the attack in Benghazi — findings that I consider sound. The report also finds that the administration’s subsequent narrative about the attack was the product of a “flawed” process. What’s more it finds that aspects »

The House Intelligence Committee’s Benghazi Report — more than fair

Featured image The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has issued its report on the Benghazi attack. You can find it here. The Committee concludes, among things, that CIA personnel on the ground in Benghazi during the attack behaved bravely and made reasonable tactical decisions that saved lives, and that the CIA received all military support that was available. It further concludes that after the attack, the administration’s initial public narrative (via »

Panetta on Benghazi: I knew right away

Featured image In an interview yesterday on MSNBC Leon Panetta stated that he knew immediately the 9/11 incident in Benghazi was a terrorist attack (video below). How did he know? “I didn’t have any specific information, but the fact was: when you bring grenade launchers to a demonstration, there’s something else going on. And I just, from the very beginning, sensed that this was an attack — this was a terrorist attack »

Report: “Queen” Clinton’s “henchmen” scrubbed Benghazi documents

Featured image Raymond Maxwell was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Maghreb (North Africa) Affairs at the State Department’s Bureau of Near East Affairs from 2011-2012. When Hillary Clinton removed him from this position and placed him on leave in the aftermath of the Benghazi attacks, Maxwell wrote a poem called “Invitation” which we posted here. The “invitation” as the poem made clear, was to “lynching” and it came from the “henchmen” of »

Benghazi security personnel say they were told to “stand down”

Featured image Tonight at 10:00 Eastern Time, Fox News will present a program, hosted by Bret Baier, called “13 hours in Benghazi.” Baier’s report will be based on a book by Mitchell Zuckoff with the Annex Security Team that will be released next week. The book is 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi. Fox News has presented a preview of the program. Three security team members who »

Hillary Clinton: still looking for answers to questions that “make no difference”

Featured image In her appearance on CNN yesterday, Hillary Clinton said there are still too many unanswered questions about the Benghazi attacks. “I’m still looking for answers because it was a confusing and difficult time,” she declared. But Clinton hasn’t always been so inquisitive. In January 2013, responding to questions from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about what caused the attacks, Clinton famously responded, “What difference does it make?” In all likelihood, »