Issa: Hillary is “not a target”

posted at 5:01 pm on May 12, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

To pretend that there aren’t political implications to the entire Benghazi brouhaha is, to say the least, a bit short sighted. Nothing that touches on this many highly placed political and diplomatic figures could possibly be resolved without some fallout in the political theater. Of course, that doesn’t change the nature of the current investigations or the serious aspects of the information which has been coming out, particularly regarding the shifting story from the White House. Given all that, it’s understandable that the usual list of suspects would be asking the GOP’s chief watchdog, Darresl Issa, about whether or not the upcoming round of hearings are simply a case of Hillary Hunting.

A top GOP critic pushed back Sunday on charges that Republican efforts to investigate last year’s Benghazi attack are designed to inflict political damage on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

“Hillary Clinton’s not a target,” said House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa on NBC’s Meet the Press. “President Obama is not a target.”

Issa, who heads a panel probing the assault on the diplomatic outpost that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, said he will seek depositions from Benghazi review board heads Ambassador Thomas Pickering and retired Adm. Mike Mullen, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

This is shaping up to be one of the more interesting face-offs in this battle. Pickering was responsible for the “investigation” done on behalf of the State Department, which found Hillary Clinton and the other major players completely free of any direct responsibility or any sort of political maneuverings, much to the relief of all, I’m sure. But the arguments being foisted from State are already turning this into a fairly dramatic He Said, She Said situation. Issa has informed everyone that Pickering refused to appear at the last hearing, while Pickering is saying he was perfectly willing to appear, but… his invitation was lost in the mail or something.

Is Hillary a target? Not of this investigation from what I’ve seen. People have legitimate questions, particularly the loved ones of those lost in the embassy attack. But does that mean that she wouldn’t wind up being collateral damage in the process?

Oh, I could do paragraphs on that. But I won’t.


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The Main Street Media had Cankles all teed up to be the democrat presidential candidate. They told us how accomplished she was…how intelligent she was…and now her incompetence is the only thing that stands the test of time and truth. But at this point in time, what difference does it make!

trs on May 12, 2013 at 8:12 PM

“Hillary Clinton’s not a target,” said … Issa

True dat. Unless you’re at least back on the 500 yard line, that’s way more pantsuit than you’d ever need for a target.

/I kid, I kid …

M240H on May 12, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Yea but your side has the blood of thousands of American soldiers on their hands.

HotAirLib on May 12, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Consider: most of those those soldiers would not have died had the Democrats not actively encouraged the insurgents by implicitly promising to pull out if casualties were high enough to put them in power.

Count to 10 on May 12, 2013 at 8:21 PM

crrr6 on May 12, 2013 at 5:19 PM

No need to. Why waste his time satisfying some tea party frauds whose opinions are irrelevant to him anyway?

HotAirLib on May 12, 2013 at 5:26 PM

You are absolutely disgusting.

How about he “waste his time” satisfying the questions of Mrs. Smith–you know the MOTHER of Sean Smith, the intelligence officer he didn’t have the balls to save that night?

Are HER “opinions irrelevant” too?

Yea but your side has the blood of thousands of American soldiers on their hands.

And your side has the blood of hundreds of thousands of American babies on their hands.

No wonder you need to import ‘citizens.’

You are absolutely disgusting.

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jersey taxpayer on May 12, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Don’t do the crime if you don’t have the political connections…..

viking01 on May 12, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Obama will accidentally hit Hillary in the head with a Titleist during a friendly game of golf which will cause a rare form of amnesia that will remove all memories connected with the date 9/11/2012.

The new syndrome will be named Rodham’s Incipient Congealed Hematoma, or RICH for short.

Ben who?”

profitsbeard on May 12, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Pretty sure no one on our side has the death of 4 Americans hanging over their heads.

I’ll gladly take the Clinton matchup. In fact I hope she’s nominated.

gophergirl on May 12, 2013 at 5:31 PM

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Yea but your side has the blood of thousands of American soldiers on their hands. Remember “they will welcome us as liberators”? How well did that turn out?

HotAirLib on May 12, 2013 at 5:38 PM

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Translation:

“Nyaah nyaah … you’re side is still more guilty than ours …..

thbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .”

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Is that all you have left ?

listens2glenn on May 12, 2013 at 8:44 PM

The new syndrome will be named Rodham’s Incipient Congealed Hematoma, or RICH for short.

“Ben who?”

profitsbeard on May 12, 2013 at 8:43 PM

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Not bad. : )

listens2glenn on May 12, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Hillary isn’t the target. Neither is Barry.

They are, however, standing downrange in the line of fire.

Not a good place to be, but they got there on their own, and there is no way out.

novaculus on May 12, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Issa should have said “The truth is the target and we know that Obama and Clintion have both lied, so they are included.” This is a prime example of why “Fast and Furious” is at a stand still, instead of looking for the truth these clowns want to play politics. The Obama administration keeps walking all over these guys and they continue talking like idiots.

savage24 on May 12, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Brian Terry was a target and he is still dead.

Both Obama and Ms Clinton are accessory before the fact of his targeted killing and the msm and the commie Democrats atempt to cover it up to this very hour.

Brian Terry knows, we all know, and he and I will not let it go.

The gun running was one of the illegal actions of proximate cause of Biran Terrys death.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 12, 2013 at 9:38 PM

myiq2xu on May 12, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Hi, Sleeper Cell. Welcome to Hot Gas.

myiq2xu-

Del Dolemonte on May 12, 2013 at 9:48 PM

That is a pretty specific allegation, is it not?

Not really. She was a committee staff lawyer and even though Zeifman was her supervisor she was answerable to others above him. Once again, where’s the proof to corroborate Zeifman’s claims??

the original crr6 on May 12, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Welcome Back!

Del Dolemonte on May 12, 2013 at 9:52 PM

the original crr6 on May 12, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Welcome Back!

Del Dolemonte on May 12, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Hmmm; didn’t get any smarter while she was out, apparently.

Midas on May 12, 2013 at 9:55 PM

BTW – I am not new here.

myiq2xu on May 12, 2013 at 7:46 PM

We know.

I have no idea, but I do know that you guys come up with really cool names for your fake scandals.

crr6 on July 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Del Dolemonte on May 12, 2013 at 9:56 PM

myiq2xu on May 12, 2013

Weird freak how you could not admit that he did in fact provide specifics. You just spun your rhetoric. You’re a dishonest as Ted Kennedy on a Saturday night. May the fat f*ck rest in peace.

CW on May 12, 2013 at 9:59 PM

As Ed Morrissey pointed out years ago:

Hillary’s advocates could accuse Zeifman of conjuring up these stories in order to draw attention to himself in the middle of a presidential campaign. However, Calabrese reports that Zeifman kept diaries during this period, urged on by friends mindful of the historical nature of the Watergate investigation. No one would have known at the time that this 27-year-old barracuda would have any sort of national significance — which makes Zeifman’s testimony all the more compelling.

Poor troll. Another one bites the dust.

CW on May 12, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Is that all you have left ?

listens2glenn on May 12, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Well, it’s either that or the bigotry being spewed by nonpartisan about “rag-heads.”

CurtZHP on May 12, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Every once in a while, a witch hunt turns up an actual witch. By the looks of the picture, this could be one of them.

Bourgeoisie on May 12, 2013 at 11:43 PM

Wise of Issa – and a good idea for all Republicans – to disavow any desire to “get” Hillary. Remember the Clintons’ favorite defense is to go on offense against “out of control investigators.” They did it against Judge Starr, a man of true judicial temperament who conducted a methodical and balanced investigation despite the stonewalling and legal delays put in his path at every turn.

Just seek the truth, and let the chip fall where they may. There’s no crime in being callous and incompetent anyway, and Hillary wasn’t questioned specifically enough to force her to perjure herself in her testimony. What comes out will be bad enough for her.

I fully expect Pickering to take the 5th on advice of counsel. It’s the only way he can avoid giving up those who ordered him, which had to be from among Obama, Panetta, and Clinton – and only Obama could order him to issue a false report “for national security reasons.”

Adjoran on May 12, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Yea but your side has the blood of thousands of American soldiers on their hands.

HotAirLib on May 12, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Maybe you were referring to this liar:

“In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons.”
– Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002

SubmarineDoc on May 13, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Adjoran on May 12, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Hey, I was just thinking that!…lol

Give Issa his due: As a potential Political whip to use against Mde. Clinton, the Benghazi Investigation has a serious potential to harm any and all that are drawn to it.

By saying “Mrs. Clinton is not a Target” the undertone is “BUT: We WILL follow the evidence wherever it goes, fairly, and if her name keeps coming up, she…or anyone else…should not be surprised if we DO hold her feet to the fire”.

Its a smart move: By phrasing it that way, he neuters (redundant, i know) Democrat hacks that will accuse the Republicans of using this as a way to derail her chances at a 2016 run. Even though by them saying *that* they themselves are using the murder of our people in Libya as a way to browbeat the matter away.

Of course the big question is: Where the he!! was the President when this was going on? Is it just me, or does anyone else get that Deja Vu feeling of Clinton in office getting FeelGoods from Monica while on the phone in the Oval Office?

And remember: this isn’t gonna stop at just Madame Clinton either…there is no way she’s gonna let Obama get his palm-prints in the middle of *her* back just below to tire tracks from the bus that she was pushed in front of…she’ll fight back…and it WILL get nasty.

Pass the Nacho Cheeze Popcorn.

BlaxPac on May 13, 2013 at 12:31 AM

Of course the big question is: Where the he!! was the President when this was going on?

BlaxPac on May 13, 2013 at 12:31 AM

He went to bed. No, not kidding.

By the way, when HRC got the direct call, it was 3:00 a.m. in Libya, not here. But, I guess he turns in early when he has to fly out the next day for a big fundraiser (Vegas). The fact you have an Ambassador missing or dead must not be allowed to disturb the royal slumber, or the “terrorists win.”

Except, wait… there were no terrorists. Sticky wicket, that one.

IndieDogg on May 13, 2013 at 1:19 AM

Except, wait… there were no terrorists. Sticky wicket, that one.

IndieDogg on May 13, 2013 at 1:19 AM

Bloody Sticky wicket, you mean.

Whats burns me is that the press by and large, won’t even cover THAT much of the story….No one is talking about how the next day AF1 left Andrews to go to a fundraiser with Mr & Mrs. Jay-Z and a few hundred close friends with deep checkbooks.

BlaxPac on May 13, 2013 at 1:53 AM

The cover-up is the politicalization, not the investigation, just ask Candy.

growl on May 13, 2013 at 2:46 AM

After the GOP is done with her … Killary will be a shoe-in for winning the next election.

HondaV65 on May 13, 2013 at 5:27 AM

To go after Hillary for what was mostly if not completely done by her subordinates would make every one of the Congressmen responsible for everything their underlings do. Their is no way they are going down that path.

zdpl0a on May 13, 2013 at 6:26 AM

To go after Hillary for what was mostly if not completely done by her subordinates would make every one of the Congressmen responsible for everything their underlings do. Their is no way they are going down that path.

zdpl0a on May 13, 2013 at 6:26 AM

They are responsible for who they hire and had best choose wisely.

Ditto the State Dept.

Remember that Amb. Stevens was Obama’s chosen Ambassador to Libya. If Hillary didn’t want him there she could have asked that he be re-assigned or quit. Being Sec. State is a purely voluntary position, not one in the civil service, and is something you can get fired from or quit from in a heartbeat. Thus, like any Congresscritter and their staff, HRC is responsible for her staff who she has ASSIGNED to those positions, signed-off on each of them, appointed to their slots, given their job functions and so on. Even if that is done with delegated authority, the final signature on all of that is HRC, not some underling.

And do remember that Libya was and is a war zone, with active fighting going on amongst various tribes and factions. That didn’t stop when Stevens went in there and is still roiling the place TODAY. Any Sec. State must have a more active hand in that rather than, say, the Ambassador to Iceland or Tahiti. She sends people into a land of danger and she is responsible for the protection of ALL her personnel but specifically those she sends into nasty places… at the direction of the President of the United States.

That is his foreign policy being played out: Congress has no role save the enforcement of Treaties and ratification of same by the Senate. They also got a say in consenting to having HRC as Sec. State. Their role is over.

A Congresscritter can fire someone under their employ who does wrong and cooperate in investigations to clean the matter up.

The POTUS and ex-Sec. State have done just the opposite.

Equivalency: FAIL.

ajacksonian on May 13, 2013 at 6:50 AM

There is a reason why the MSM is just now pursuing this story. My take.

kingsjester on May 13, 2013 at 7:02 AM

“Hillary Clinton’s not a target,” said House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa on NBC’s Meet the Press. “President Obama is not a target.”

Collateral Damage.

Plastik on May 13, 2013 at 7:06 AM

Let’s be clear – there were only 4 targets in regards to Benghazi…and they are all DEAD! I understand what Issa is saying – the GOP is not ‘out to get’ Hillary or Obama…but the evidence that comes out in this investigation is already enough to make both of them ‘victims of collateral damage’ by their own actions or lack thereof.

easyt65 on May 13, 2013 at 7:45 AM

https://twitter.com/BenjiBacker/status/333628747855065089/photo/1

MUST SEE!

Hillary then….and NOW!

ted c on May 13, 2013 at 8:06 AM

To go after Hillary for what was mostly if not completely done by her subordinates would make every one of the Congressmen responsible for everything their underlings do. Their is no way they are going down that path.

zdpl0a on May 13, 2013 at 6:26 AM

This is incorrect. Hillary implemented Zero’s policies in Benghazi and drew down security personnel according to her master’s wishes.

Then she refused to pull the mission out or provide more security after the Brits abandoned their mission as it was unsafe to remain.

Hillary had no authority to order rescuers to go or to enable them, but she was told right after the attack started that it was terrorists and she lied and lied and lied some more.

She is an accessory to the crimes.

dogsoldier on May 13, 2013 at 8:20 AM

Hillary and Obama are politicians. They made a political deciosion to alter the talking points to ensure Obama’s re-election. Now they have the nerve to claim they are a victim of political witch hunt.

The only reason this is still being discussed is because they chose politics over truth and then lied about it. For anyone asking GOP Congressman if this is just politics, they need to respond that apparently the decision to run with the talking points and to send in any military support was a political decision, so it in deed is understandable to now have a political solution.

You don’t get to make at least 2 crappy decision because of politics and then turn around and say the other side is over-politicizing the situation.

weaselyone on May 13, 2013 at 9:47 AM

But Hillary is a target. Weren’t the Serbs shooting at her in Tuzla?

/sarc off

Rep. Issa is wise to SAY right now that Hillary is not a target, to give the impression of neutrality that he will follow the evidence where it leads. He can bring before his committee the underlings named by Hicks and Nordstrom (including Cheryl Mills), as well as anyone in the military chain of command who might have given the order to “stand down”. Then we’ll see how many of them will fall on their swords, or whether they will say they received orders from “higher up”.

But if Hillary is a target or not, in her own words, what difference does it make?

Steve Z on May 13, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Target?

Gosh, I thought the media wasn’t supposed to used that gun imagery language(like that evil violence provoker, Sarah Palin) anymore?

Don L on May 13, 2013 at 10:17 AM

“…Hillary ‘is not a target’”

Both Leftards and Republicrats will be sporting ‘Run, Hillary, Run!’
bumper stickers on their vehicles.

The Leftards on the rear bumper and Republicrats on the front one.

Klem Kadiddlehopper on May 13, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Hillary is at the other end looking through the gun sites.

mixplix on May 13, 2013 at 5:21 PM

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