Patricia Smith still waiting

Featured image RealClearPolitics has posted the video below of Andrea Mitchell’s emotional interview of Patricia Smith yesterday afternoon. Mrs. Smith is the mother of Sean Smith, one of the four killed in the Benghazi consulate attack in September 2012. Unlike media types such as Mitchell, Mrs. Smith was not impressed by Hillary Clinton’s performance before the House Benghazi Select Committee. As RCP puts it, Smith said she learned nothing from the hearing »

Some rout

Featured image Members of the mainstream media are tripping over one another in the rush to proclaim that Hillary Clinton routed the Republicans on Trey Gowdy’s committee yesterday. I’ll be the first to admit (and wrote in real time) that Hillary skated basically untouched through the first two hours of the hearing and had the better of the opening round of questioning as a whole. I didn’t watch beyond the first round, »

Pompeo vs. Clinton: 600 Requests for More Benghazi Security Were Ignored

Featured image One of the astonishing facts that emerged during today’s Select Committee hearing was that State Department personnel in Libya made approximately 600 requests for better security in Benghazi, all of them apparently unheeded by Hillary Clinton. With respect to one of the 600 requests, Hillary said, “Well, Congresswoman, one of the great attributes that Chris Stevens had was a really good sense of humor. And I just see him smiling »

Jim Jordan Does Battle With Hillary Clinton

Featured image Paul wrote earlier that one of the highlights of Hillary Clinton’s testimony before the Select Benghazi Committee was the questioning by Congressman Jim Jordan. Here it is, 15 minutes worth. It is hard-hitting, and most of the testimony comes from Jordan and from Clinton’s own emails. One very striking email thread that I don’t recall seeing before comes from State Department employees responsible for the region that includes Libya. The »

Clinton skating through Benghazi hearing so far [UPDATE: the tide turns]

Featured image We’re almost two hours into the Gowdy committee hearing, and it’s going well for Hillary Clinton. Trey Gowdy used much of his opening statement to defend his committee. That’s playing into the Democrats’ hands. He should have laid out the strongest elements of the case against Clinton. Clinton, her eyes on the prize, used her opening statement as part of her presidential campaign. She served up a lecture on American »

The Benghazi Hearing Begins

Featured image You can read a running transcript of the hearing before Trey Gowdy’s Benghazi Select Committee here. We will comment on the proceedings on and off through the day. The first noteworthy event was Gowdy’s opening statement. He did a great job, I thought, of spiking Hillary’s main themes by explaining why there not been, until now, a serious investigation of what happened in Benghazi, and how the fact that Hillary »

Benghazi, tomorrow and beyond

Featured image Hillary Clinton will testify before Trey Gowdy’s Benghazi committee tomorrow. I don’t think anyone on the outside has a good handle on what’s likely to happen, but the conventional wisdom here in Washington is that things will probably go well for Clinton. This view is based mainly on the sense that Gowdy and his committee have been forced on the defensive by claims that the hearing is politically motivated. As »

Should we believe fired Benghazi committee staffer’s claims?

Featured image It’s a good week for the mainstream media when it has a story with which to beat up on congressional Republicans, and a great week when it has two. This is a great week. The first story is, of course, the House Republicans’ quest to attempt to find a new Speaker. For an indeterminate period, this may be the gift that keeps on giving. The second story must also warm »

Newly disclosed emails mean more trouble for Hillary

Featured image Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, has told Elijah Cummings, his Democratic counterpart on the committee, that he will soon release 1,500 pages of new Hillary Clinton emails concerning Libya that the State Department recently turned over. A “small number” of them pertain to the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. compound, Gowdy said. In his letter to Cummings, Gowdy also revealed that many of the »

Looks like Hillary did not give State Dept. all of her work-related emails

Featured image Earlier this month, we learned that Sidney Blumenthal turned over to Trey Gowdy’s committee 61 emails in which he corresponded with Hillary Clinton that the State Department hadn’t produced in response to a subpoena by the committee for such documents. The question was: did State have the documents but fail to produce them to the committee or did State not have the documents because Hillary, who kept them on a »

Latest Blumenthal emails raise new questions about Hillary’s email purge

Featured image It’s every litigator’s nightmare. You turn over thousands, maybe tens of thousands, of documents to the opposing party pursuant to its request for production. Your production includes every responsive document your client gave you. But then, a non-party gets subpoenaed, and she (it was a woman when it happened to me) turns over an important document responsive to the production request that your client wrote or that was addressed to »

Media alert

Featured image Tonight at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time, I will be on One America News Network talking about Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi emails. The show is called “On Point.” The host is the dynamic Tomi Lahren. One America News Network is a national TV news network. It airs on Verizon Fios, channel 116, AT&T U-verse, channel 208, and CenturyLink Prism, channel 209. It streams on Roku and Amazon Fire. I’ll be on for »

Hillary Clinton, asleep at the switch

Featured image John has done a great job analyzing Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi emails. His posts are here and here. I urge you to read both of them. Here’s an additional item that caught my eye. On September 15, 2012 — just four days after the Benghazi attacks — Monica Hanley, a Clinton aide, sent an email to Hillary at 9:17 a.m. telling her that senior White House official Dan Pfeiffer “has some »

More on Hillary’s Benghazi Emails

Featured image Late last week, the State Department released a tiny number of Hillary Clinton’s emails related to the Benghazi controversy. On Saturday, I wrote about the most important of those emails in Hillary’s Real Benghazi Problem. If you haven’t read that post, I recommend it; its point is that the real issue isn’t Benghazi in a vacuum, it is the disastrous Libya policy for which Hillary is mostly responsible. The deaths »

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 »