Issa: Clinton “was just wrong” in her testimony on Benghazi

posted at 3:21 pm on April 24, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Yesterday’s interim report from the House GOP — faulting Hillary Clinton for the failures in Benghazi and the Obama administration for the misleading talking points — has predictably roused some ire from the Democrats, but as House Oversight Chairman attested this morning, all of their protestations haven’t refuted the fact that security requests did in fact get to and go through then-Secretary Clinton:

The secretary of state was just wrong. She said she did not participate in this, and yet only a few months before the attack, she outright denied security in her signature in a cable in April, 2012. … The thing that our report shows and our continued investigation shows is, they had a policy of normalization-appearance. They did everything they could to look like they’d won the war and had the peace, and so the policy that you saw in that April cable is the policy that led to the ambassador being exposed and killed. It led to the absence of a plan in what is basically a war zone. … None of it’s been disputed. Bless the Democrats’ hearts, they like their report, but they can’t find a factual error to ours, and as we go into more documents — ones that we want to have given to us, not just allowed to look at — we’re going to find more of these kinds of mistakes that need to be corrected.

Chairman Issa is already promising to convene another hearing sometime next month on the “Benghazi terrorist attacks to examine evidence that Obama Administration officials have attempted to suppress information about errors and reckless misjudgments,” and in the meantime, the joint House committees conducting the ongoing investigation would like President Obama to publicly release more of the documents relating to the attack — if it isn’t too much of inconvenience for them, of course:

The Republican leaders of five committees — the House Armed Services, Judiciary, Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Oversight and Government Reform Committees — sent a letter to Mr. Obama, asking for the public release of an April 19 State Department cable denying more security in Libya. The cable, which bears Clinton’s signature, was cited in the interim report as evidence that Clinton approved security reductions at the consulate, contrary to what she said before Congress earlier this year.

The congressmen also asked Mr. Obama to give their committees all versions of the Benghazi talking points, as well as all documents and communications that were previously provided for “in camera” review.

“Access to this information cannot be dictated by the political interests of the Executive Branch,” the letter says.

In response to the request, White House spokesman Jay Carney on Wednesday dismissed the issue of Clinton’s signature as “a perfect example of an attempt to politicizes something when it’s wholly unnecessary.”


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