House GOP releases report on Benghazi investigation, faulting Clinton

posted at 6:01 pm on April 23, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

John Kerry might be ready to move on to “a lot more important things than Benghazi,” but last week House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa cautioned the CIA to lawyer up after reports that whistleblowers are starting to come forward on the events of the fateful September evening, and on Tuesday Speaker Boehner unveiled the results of months of Congressional investigation on the terrorist attack in Libya — a new interim House report that doesn’t paint an altogether flattering picture of the Obama administration, and a certain former Secretary of State in particular:

The 46-page report by the five committees of jurisdiction concludes that reductions in security levels prior to the attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were approved at the highest levels of the State Department, including by Clinton herself.

The report also concludes that talking points from the intelligence community were altered to protect the State Department from criticism of inadequate security levels.

And from the report’s executive summary on the ongoing Congressional investigation’s several determinations to date, which “illustrate the need for continued examination and oversight by the five House Committees”:

-Reductions of security levels prior to the attacks in Benghazi were approved at the highest levels of the State Department, up to and including Secretary Clinton. This fact contradicts her testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on January 23, 2013.

-In the days following the attacks, White House and senior State Department officials altered accurate talking points drafted by the Intelligence Community in order to protect the State Department.

-Contrary to Administration rhetoric, the talking points were not edited to protect classified information. Concern for classified information is never mentioned in email traffic among senior Administration officials.

We can all guess what kind of backlash is going to come from this report, yeah? That Hillary Clinton already accepted the blame for Benghazi (à la, the-buck-stops-with-me-but-not-really), and that this is just Republicans’ pathetic attempt to keep dragging out and politicizing an issue in order to irk the Obama administration and put a dent in Hillary’s reputation in front of 2016, which is just silly anyways, ’cause let’s face it — she’s Hillary, and you Can’t Touch This. Who really cares that finally getting to the bottom of the Benghazi attacks would be the accountable and righteous thing to do, and “what difference does it make,” anyways? You Republicans should probably stop embarrassing yourselves and drop the whole thing, The End.

The problem there, however, is that there’s a chance Hillary’s political cred isn’t the unassailable fortress of awesome that some might presume, especially if the “highest levels of the state department,” cough cough, were willfully negligent about providing adequate security to the consulate:

After the U.S.-backed Libyan revolution ended the Gadhafi regime, the U.S. government did not deploy sufficient U.S. security elements to protect U.S. interests and personnel that remained on the ground. Senior State Department officials knew that the threat environment in Benghazi was high and that the Benghazi compound was vulnerable and unable to withstand an attack, yet the department continued to systematically withdraw security personnel. Repeated requests for additional security were denied at the highest levels of the State Department. For example, an April 2012 State Department cable bearing Secretary Hillary Clinton’s signature acknowledged then-Ambassador Cretz’s formal request for additional security assets but ordered the withdrawal of security elements to proceed as planned.

And the report goes on to fault President Obama’s administration for perpetuating “a deliberately misleading and incomplete narrative that the violence grew out of a demonstration caused by a YouTube video. The Administration consciously decided not to discuss extremist involvement or previous attacks against Western interests in Benghazi.” Shots, fired. No response from White House or State yet.


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So comment trolls.

itsspideyman on April 23, 2013 at 6:03 PM

What difference does it make!!!!

geojed on April 23, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Was Sinbad there?

BobMbx on April 23, 2013 at 6:07 PM

K I L L A R Y 2 0 1 6 ! ! !

steebo77 on April 23, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Bush’s fault! Sequestration!! Global Warming!!!

Ukiah on April 23, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Without having read the report, I wonder who, why, and when Blue Mountain Security was contracted for the Benghazi consulate.

fourdeucer on April 23, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Shrinkage happens.

Micah on April 23, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Reductions of security levels prior to the attacks in Benghazi were approved at the highest levels of the State Department, up to and including Secretary Clinton.

Just anticipating the sequester…

JoeHanson on April 23, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Who ordered the ‘stand down’…?

Seven Percent Solution on April 23, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Someone or many are talking somewhere… I pray they help get justice for the 4 Americans murdered on Obama/Clinton’s watch.

JAM on April 23, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Now I know why the Boston bombing is not being blamed on some Youtube video .

burrata on April 23, 2013 at 6:11 PM

So whatever happened to that video guy? Is he still in jail? Transferred to Gitmo? Deported? What?

JonPrichard on April 23, 2013 at 6:13 PM

What difference does it make!!!!

[geojed on April 23, 2013 at 6:04 PM]

Other than it being clear that Hillary’s hands are stained with Chris Steven’s blood and that when she pulls the strings, Barack Obama dances, nothing whatsoever.

Dusty on April 23, 2013 at 6:14 PM

What difference does it make!!!!

geojed on April 23, 2013 at 6:04 PM

It’s a vast right wing conspiracy !!!!

burrata on April 23, 2013 at 6:15 PM

I am sure Diane, Brian and Scott will be all over it tonight…

hillsoftx on April 23, 2013 at 6:15 PM

A totally incompetent politician gets good soldiers and civilians killed. Think she will lose a minutes sleep?

Panther on April 23, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Survivor: Benghazi

The two scariest words in the WH, the HQ of the DNC, and anywhere Bill Clinton happens to be.

BobMbx on April 23, 2013 at 6:17 PM

-Reductions of security levels prior to the attacks in Benghazi were approved at the highest levels of the State Department, up to and including Secretary Clinton. This fact contradicts her testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on January 23, 2013.

That’s going to give her a huge leg up on any candidates expecting to be the 2016 Democrat presidential nominee.

antipc on April 23, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Why did the fools wait until the Boston bombing, to bring up Benghazi?

Aren’t they even the teeniest afraid that they will be accused of politicizing the event?

renalin on April 23, 2013 at 6:18 PM

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/18/us-libya-usa-bluemountain-idUSBRE89G1TI20121018

Security practices at the diplomatic compound, where Blue Mountain guards patrolled with flashlights and batons instead of guns.

From the article.

fourdeucer on April 23, 2013 at 6:18 PM

The problem there, however, is that there’s a chance Hillary’s political cred isn’t the unassailable fortress of awesome that some might presume, especially if the “highest levels of the state department,” cough cough, were willfully negligent about providing adequate security to the consulate.

Now that is some 1st class snark you got there – two thumbs up!

Hey, by the way…. Didn’t someone once say that we are Americans and we have a right to dissent and debate any administration?

Galt2009 on April 23, 2013 at 6:19 PM

The moviemaker was just a “SQUIRREL” from the get go and everyone involved knew it including Susan Rice. The media will make nothing of it of course but a Democratic Primary opponent to Hillary could use it in a stilleto fashion while not directly taking the President to task. In fact a “It’s Hillary’s fault” approach should not offend the president’s supporters by that time as it rather absolves him.

KW64 on April 23, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Where was the Commander in Cheif during the 8 hours of attack…?

Seven Percent Solution on April 23, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Dusty on April 23, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Apologies for not mentioning Smith, Woods, and Doherty, but it’s been known since Fast & Furious that Clinton and Obama couldn’t give two sh!ts about rank and file Americans and wouldn’t blink an eye at feeding them into the grinder whether for policy or to cover their @sses.

Dusty on April 23, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Top. She-Men…..

wytshus on April 23, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Nothing to see here
-lsm

cmsinaz on April 23, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Lies
-dems

cmsinaz on April 23, 2013 at 6:25 PM

That’s going to give her a huge leg up on any candidates expecting to be the 2016 Democrat presidential nominee.

antipc on April 23, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Canklethunderthighness

BobMbx on April 23, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Exactamundo 7%

cmsinaz on April 23, 2013 at 6:26 PM

I think that as soon as we all figure out that his has nothing to do with the USA as “America” but the USA as just becoming a part of the globalist acreage. The ruling elites in all the countries except maybe Russia and China are part of this plan and we are all being played.

retiredeagle on April 23, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Where was the Commander in Cheif during the 8 hours of attack…?

Seven Percent Solution on April 23, 2013 at 6:19 PM

In the White House , making sure the POTUS gets his 8 hours of beauty sleep before flying to Vegas to party the next day ?

burrata on April 23, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Well shake your heads, give her a “tsk, tsk”, gently slap her hand and send her a personally signed and sternly worded letter of admonishment, cautioning her to never let an event like this happen again!!

All right then, that being settled, lets press on to more urgent matters.

hawkeye54 on April 23, 2013 at 6:33 PM

When gay marriage is on your plate you cant be expected to worry about some dumb terrorists.

Bishop on April 23, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Where was the Commander in Cheif during the 8 hours of attack…?

Seven Percent Solution on April 23, 2013 at 6:19 PM

In the White House , making sure the POTUS gets his 8 hours of beauty sleep before flying to Vegas to party the next day ?

Come now, a management crisis like this is below his pay grade. That is why he has People(tm)

hawkeye54 on April 23, 2013 at 6:34 PM

When gay marriage is on your plate you cant be expected to worry about some dumb terrorists.

Darn straight.

A pResident’s gotta know his true priorities.

hawkeye54 on April 23, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Good grief! She already took “full responsibility” remember??? Now she can move on to campaigning.

ndanielson on April 23, 2013 at 6:36 PM

“House Report Blames Hillary For Cutting Security at Benghazi Consulate”
…to the mentally deranged libtards – this information will only have them want Shrillary even more as their next president/dictator.

TeaPartyNation on April 23, 2013 at 6:37 PM

-Reductions of security levels prior to the attacks in Benghazi were approved at the highest levels of the State Department, up to and including Secretary Clinton. This fact contradicts her testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on January 23, 2013.

What a cute way to say she lied. Isn’t lying under oath a crime of some sort?

hopeful on April 23, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Ok Soros you can send in the clowns trolls

AH_C on April 23, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Just did a news search on Google…

USA Today: “House report critical of O’bama Administration…”

Notice whose name is missing from the headline?

US News and World Report: “New Report raises significant questions about Benghazi”

Notice whose name is missing from the headline?

C-BS “News”: “House GOP faults Clinton, State Dept. for Benghazi security…”

Notice whose fault it really is? Not hers!

Yep, this has already been Framed. Goebbels would be proud of all of them.

Del Dolemonte on April 23, 2013 at 6:39 PM

We can all guess what kind of backlash is going to come from this report

Yeah.

Both King Barry AND Her Highness got that ’3am telephone call’, AND BOTH WERE FOUND WANTING.

GarandFan on April 23, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Isn’t lying under oath a crime of some sort?

hopeful on April 23, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Killery has learned from the best — Billy C

burrata on April 23, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Canklethunderthighness

BobMbx on April 23, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Thanks for ruining my dinner :)

antipc on April 23, 2013 at 6:40 PM

What a cute way to say she lied. Isn’t lying under oath a crime of some sort?

hopeful on April 23, 2013 at 6:37 PM

She probably just forgot. Which is a cute way of saying she can’t recall, can’t remember, cannot say for sure, is not certain, has no recollection…

ndanielson on April 23, 2013 at 6:40 PM

I wish I could be more excited about this report, but the bottom line is this administration doesn’t take things like this seriously and will do nothing with it.

scalleywag on April 23, 2013 at 6:41 PM

What she cannot remember, she will always lie about.

ndanielson on April 23, 2013 at 6:42 PM

House GOP releases report on Benghazi investigation, faulting Clinton
========

Come on guys,cut her some slack,Hillary has had it hard,
like Tap-Dancing Sniper Fire in Bosnia!

Sheesh!!
(sarc)
======

Hillary WASN’T LYING! Bosnia gunfire footage discovered…
**********************************************************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHVEDq6RVXc

canopfor on April 23, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Don’t you dare talk about Hillary like that….bush took us on 2 wars with no WMD so there
-libs posters on politico

Idiots

cmsinaz on April 23, 2013 at 6:45 PM

+1 Canopfor

Waaaaaaaa
-libs

Highlarious

cmsinaz on April 23, 2013 at 6:47 PM

I’ve come to believe Hillary’s full quote was prefaced in her mind, this way:

(Since I’m not going to accept any blame for any of this), what difference at this point does it make?”

Paul-Cincy on April 23, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Kirsten..what difference does it make
She lied!

cmsinaz on April 23, 2013 at 6:52 PM

She’s got a D next to her name
Cripe

cmsinaz on April 23, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Her signature on some piece of paper shows she lied under oath during testimony.

So how can we make this about sex so that we can pretend it isn’t a big deal that she lied under oath?

Lily on April 23, 2013 at 6:56 PM

So whatever happened to that video guy? Is he still in jail? Transferred to Gitmo? Deported? What?

JonPrichard on April 23, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Poor bastard still in jail. O/T: have you seen Zero Dark Thirty? I hear it’s really cool.

slickwillie2001 on April 23, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Hillary WASN’T LYING! Bosnia gunfire footage discovered…
**********************************************************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHVEDq6RVXc

canopfor on April 23, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Hillary lies because of PTSD due to combat wounds she suffered in Bosnia !

burrata on April 23, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Her pantsuit is on fire.

The polyester… it melts!!

LASue on April 23, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Could she be impeached from her Secty. of State job for obstructing justice and committing perjury? Cuz that would be kind of cool, if both Clintons were impeached.

LASue on April 23, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Just read the whole report. It’s brutal. Of course, that doesn’t mean it won’t bounce off HillObama like a spit-wad off an alligator.

peski on April 23, 2013 at 7:09 PM

“Who are you going to believe,
me or your lying eyes?”

Another Drew on April 23, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Does the official report come in Spanish so those 11 million new dem voters can understand it?

docflash on April 23, 2013 at 7:22 PM

canopfor on April 23, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Hillary lies because of PTSD due to combat wounds she suffered in Bosnia !

burrata on April 23, 2013 at 7:01 PM

burrata:

Just great,and compounding that,was her tumble,and concussion:)

canopfor on April 23, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Meanwhile, an ambassador, the personal representative of the President of the United States, remains dead.

And all those who took part in the cover-up to protect that same President…accessories…cold-hearted willfully prevaricating and not a scratch on any of them.

If I were a personal representative of this President in any country…I’d be looking for another gig…fast. Personal representatives of this President are fair game, expendable, you know,

coldwarrior on April 23, 2013 at 7:37 PM

A sleeper cell of Muslim jihadists, led by Obama, occupies the White House! Same for the CIA and the state department! Obama can’t pass a background test and has been elected twice? Any surprise at how they react?

Marco on April 23, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Hammer and f’ing tong!

Mason on April 23, 2013 at 8:03 PM

-Reductions of security levels prior to the attacks in Benghazi were approved at the highest levels of the State Department, up to and including Secretary Clinton. This fact contradicts her testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on January 23, 2013.

How is that not perjury? Was she not sworn in? Is there some method by which one can LIE to Congress and not get in trouble?

I’m thinking if any Average Joe lied to a Congressional committee, he’d end up prosecuted. But let Hillary Clinton do it and next thing, she’ll be running for president again. How sad is that?

Murf76 on April 23, 2013 at 9:03 PM

-In the days following the attacks, White House and senior State Department officials altered accurate talking points drafted by the Intelligence Community in order to protect the State Department.

That pretty much can be summed up with the statement: Susan Rice lied her ass off on five Sunday talk shows. Not that it makes any difference at this point.

Happy Nomad on April 23, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Meanwhile, an ambassador, the personal representative of the President of the United States, remains dead.

coldwarrior on April 23, 2013 at 7:37 PM

But thanks to the rat-eared coward’s outreach to Muslims and other folks stuck in the 16th century our ambassadors are shown far greater respect as they are sodomized and killed by our enemies. Lean forward!

Happy Nomad on April 23, 2013 at 9:21 PM

I understand they have a memo with her signature that directly conflicts with her testimony, her Sergeant Schultz defense…

JIMV on April 23, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Why did the fools wait until the Boston bombing, to bring up Benghazi?

Aren’t they even the teeniest afraid that they will be accused of politicizing the event?

renalin on April 23, 2013 at 6:18 PM

The wheels of justice grind slowly.

onlineanalyst on April 23, 2013 at 10:25 PM

For Goodness sakes… of course she lied. We’re talking about Hillary Clinton. The Clintons ALWAYS stretch the truth.

mmcnamer1 on April 23, 2013 at 11:05 PM

In my way back time machine……I recall that this was all gearing up with this Obama Administration backing of the Arab Spring and just kinda blossomed with it’s blessings and funding from there!

History not covered or reported does not mean it still will not be known….. Those that have the knowledge of all these events and blunders made by this administration filled to the brim with contemptible miscreant Obamaphites. Masterful in the art of deception and coverup the modern day democrat party is…. Rest assured though, they have NOT covered up everything, and there are some that still exist with a teensy tiny fraction of morality left in their shriveled up brain mass that will provide facts with proof of their participation. Sacrificial lambs to slaughter….. there was not supposed to be anyone saved, yet disobedient patriots saved over thirty….oooppsss, So, where are these witnesses now?

ActinUpinTexas on April 24, 2013 at 10:20 AM