Who knew? Hillary. Who cares? The FBI.
Yesterday, I submitted three questions that I would have liked the members of House Select Committee on Benghazi to ask Hillary. Of course, they went off in a multitude of different directions and only one of my questions was answered, before the members finally succeeded in making Hillary both saint and martyr.
I listened to the Hearings playing in the background while busy with my day job. Several times during those Hearings, I had to stop, turn around and look at the TV, because I had to be sure of what I was hearing. Those times include:
- The questioning of Clinton by Rep. Jim Jordan, (R-OH), who highlighted in Hillary’s own private emails that she knew the attack on the Benghazi Consulate was not due to a spontaneous demonstration caused by an inflammatory video, but was a planned attack by an Al-Qaeda offshoot. She emailed her family and spoke with the President of Libya and the Prime Minister of Egypt.
2. There’s a time for levity and a time for gravity. During one of her comments regarding late Ambassador Chris Stevens’ emails, one where he talks about picking up “a few fire sale items” from the Brits, like barricades, she remarked, “well, I thought it showed their entrepreneurial spirit.” Really, Hillary. And the comments were made in front of the victims’ families sitting behind her.
3. There were 600 separate requests made for additional security, but somehow those requests never made it to her inbox. She never saw them. She placed all responsibility for security on the security team, although under questioning by Rep. Susan Brooks, (R-IN) Clinton admitted that she had not signed a waiver for security arrangements on the site, as required by the Secure Embassy Construction and Counterterrorism Act of 1999 (SECCA), 22 USC § 4865 2(B)(ii).
4. According to Mrs. Clinton, Ambassador Stevens was a close friend. Yet in her testimony, she reveals he did not have her personal email, unlike Sid Blumenthal. She never spoke to him after his appointment as Ambassador to Libya to time he died.
5. Late in the session, when almost everyone looked drugged, Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, (R-SC), destroyed Mrs. Clinton’s claim that she had turned over all work-related emails (h/t Weekly Standard).
….there was an illuminating exchange about her email correspondence with Sidney Blumenthal.
Trey Gowdy asked Clinton how she knew that she turned over all of her emails that were work-related, given that Blumenthal had turned over emails from Clinton that she herself had not turned over. Clinton responded:
CLINTON: Well if you are talking about Mr. Blumenthal, which I assume you are, he had some that I didn’t have, and I had some that he didn’t have. And he — I was under no obligation to make any of his emails available unless I decided they were work related.
And the ones that I decided that were work related I forwarded to the state.gov accounts of the people with whom I worked.
GOWDY: Madam Secretary, is there any question that the 15 that James Cole turned over to us were work related? There’s no ambiguity about that. They were work related.
CLINTON: No. They were from a personal friend, not … any government official. And they were, I determined on the basis of looking at them, what I thought was work related and what wasn’t. And some I didn’t even have time to read, Mr. Chairman. (Emphasis added)
Yes, we noticed that, too.
The Benghazi questioning of Mrs. Clinton is now one for the history books. In fact, I’m sure there’s plenty of new fodder for Mrs. Clinton’s real nemesis …. the FBI.