State Department: Quash an investigation? Who … us?

posted at 10:01 am on June 11, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Yesterday, CBS News published documents that showed the State Department had quashed or obstructed Inspector General investigations into serious wrongdoing by high-ranking officials, including one Ambassador who ditched his security team to importune prostitutes in public parks. Today, that story gets more sordid in NBC’s follow-up, which shows that investigators suspected the same Ambassador of targeting minor children Meanwhile, the State Department calls allegations of obstruction and interference “preposterous”:

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The alleged misconduct took place during former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s tenure, according to the documents, which also say those activities may not have been properly looked into.

Top state department officials directed investigators to “cease the investigation” into the ambassador’s conduct, according to the memo.

A state department spokesperson would not confirm the specific investigations, but told NBC News “the notion that we would not vigorously pursue criminal misconduct in a case, in any case, is preposterous.”

Former State Department investigator Aurelia Fedenisn has said that investigators dropped the ball in the case, and that a final report published in March of this year was “watered down,” according to her attorney.

“She felt it was important that Congress get this information,” Fedenisn’s lawyer Cary Schulman told NBC News.

And this looks worse than it did yesterday:

The ambassador who came under investigation “routinely ditched his protective security detail in order to solicit sexual favors from both prostitutes and minor children,” according to documents obtained by NBC News.

This ambassador got recalled to Washington for a meeting with Patrick Kennedy, Hillary Clinton’s right-hand man at Foggy Bottom. Instead of getting relieved and investigated, CBS reported yesterday that the man was “permitted to return to his post.” Did Kennedy make that decision?  Or did Hillary Clinton?

Chuck Todd reports that Rep. Ed Royce, chair of the House Foreign Relations Committee, plans to open an investigation into this scandal.  That should include subpoenas for Kennedy and Clinton, and we can see whether Clinton’s famous rejoinder to Senator Ron Johnson gets deployed again in her defense.  It’s going to take a lot of explaining to convince anyone why the US sent a man to represent our nation whose own internal security suspected him of sneaking out to target minor children for sexual exploitation — and why these investigations got obstructed to the point where the IG had to blow the whistle to Congress.

Update: The New York Post names names:

A State Department whistleblower has accused high-ranking staff of a massive coverup — including keeping a lid on findings that members of then-Secretary Hillary Clinton’s security detail and the Belgian ambassador solicited prostitutes.

A chief investigator for the agency’s inspector general wrote a memo outlining eight cases that were derailed by senior officials, including one instance of interference by Clinton’s chief of staff, Cheryl Mills.

And the ambassador?  The Post ID’s him as a big Obama bundler:

A DS agent was called off a case against US Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman over claims that he solicited prostitutes, including minors.

“The agent began his investigation and had determined that the ambassador routinely ditched his protective security detail in order to solicit sexual favors from both prostitutes and minor children,” says the memo.

“The ambassador’s protective detail and the embassy’s surveillance detection team . . . were well aware of the behavior.”

Gutman was a big bundler for Obama in 2008, raising over $500,000 for his campaign and cutting checks for the inaugural.  That may not be terribly unusual for ambassadors in any administration, but the bizarre decision to keep Gutman in place certainly suggests a possible connection between his donations and State’s decision to cut off the investigation.

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As bluegill says, these are the guys we should totally trust to watch everything we do on the internet and listen to our every phone conversation.

MadisonConservative on June 11, 2013 at 10:04 AM

With all these cover-ups, the Obama administration is gonna need a hell of a lot more tarps.

The Rogue Tomato on June 11, 2013 at 10:06 AM

This administration gets darker and dirtier by the minute.

HotAirian on June 11, 2013 at 10:07 AM

As Clinton would say “I did not have foreign relations with that minor”.

Flange on June 11, 2013 at 10:09 AM

As bluegill says, these are the guys we should totally trust to watch everything we do on the internet and listen to our every phone conversation.

MadisonConservative on June 11, 2013 at 10:04 AM

With proper oversight. :)

Axe on June 11, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Good thing there were safeguards put in place to stop this kind of thing. And oversight. Oversight really kept this in check, huh ?

GiantOrb on June 11, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Smartest President Ever meme becomes Most Clueless President in an effort to cover for the Most Corrupt President EVER.

Bensonofben on June 11, 2013 at 10:12 AM

The concept of ‘oversight’ seems pretty overrated to me right now.

Liam on June 11, 2013 at 10:13 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaqktZ8N0MQ

morganfrost on June 11, 2013 at 10:13 AM

I can’t figure out whether the administration is deathly afraid of the appearance as having made an error in judgement, or if they simply condone the acts. Its as if they are unable to do what one would almost automatically think is the right thing. In this case, replace him. Immediately.

Maybe they’re just naturally combative.

BKeyser on June 11, 2013 at 10:14 AM

And let’s face it, Clinton is the leading contender for 2016. Considering all the evidence of complete incompetence during her tenure at State that we already know (which is probably a drop in the bucket), she should be disqualified from even thinking about running for President. But after Obama, anyone can be President now.

KateNE on June 11, 2013 at 10:14 AM

While I see Obama’s complete lack of managerial experience as a common link to some – many? – of these scandals, there seems to be something deeper and darker in play.

These latest from the State Department would make another very bad movie plot. How many more are there?

Drained Brain on June 11, 2013 at 10:14 AM

The alleged misconduct took place during former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s tenure, according to the documents, which also say those activities may not have been properly looked into.

Oh, come on! That was a long, long time ago!

Given past incidents in Belgium regarding child prostitutes, it appears that Gutman was put in the right place.

I’m sure Hillary!, if she makes a statement, well simply say “What difference does it make now?!”

GarandFan on June 11, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Gutman needs to be fired immediately.

Blake on June 11, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Gutman was a big bundler for Obama in 2008, raising over $500,000 for his campaign and cutting checks for the inaugural

Oh, well in that case, it’s perfectly okay that he was buggering vulnerable little kids instead of doing his job.

Good bundlers are a lot more important than good ambassadors, right Hillary?

AZCoyote on June 11, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Is Senator Menendez the technical advisor to the State Department by any chance?
“How to ditch your protective cover in three easy lessons.”
1: Do it quickly and quietly.
2: Don’t verify age of your victims.
3: Oh heck, “What does it matter anyway?”

Art on June 11, 2013 at 10:17 AM

We’ve seen Ambassador Gutman in the news before:

Obama Ambassador Under Fire For Comments on Anti-Semitism

Drained Brain on June 11, 2013 at 10:17 AM

This administration gets darker and dirtier by the minute.

HotAirian on June 11, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Wait, isn’t that racist???

/

climbnjump on June 11, 2013 at 10:17 AM

I’m sure Barky just heard about this on the news this morning.

D-fusit on June 11, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Was Gutman soliciting underage prostitutes? Or, was he soliciting children?

Blake on June 11, 2013 at 10:18 AM

He’s Ambassador Pervy now. lol

Blake on June 11, 2013 at 10:19 AM

With proper oversight. :)

Axe on June 11, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Yeah, Darrell Issa has shown just how effective oversight is. How many people have gone to jail for Fast and Furious? Benghazi? The IRS? I mean, Holder has at least been fired, right?

MadisonConservative on June 11, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Hey, it was just sex, right?

ghostwalker1 on June 11, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Do you mean that someone stopped investigations and changed an IG report? Wow! See Cheryl Mills.

d1carter on June 11, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Hillary will be absent on this one, too.

TimBuk3 on June 11, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Would someone in the State Department cover up any damaging reports if, say an Ambassador was killed in Benghazi?

d1carter on June 11, 2013 at 10:27 AM

At this point, what difference does it make!?

Considering the video of Hillary! grinding that black woman and the pic of her looking snockered in that South American bar, I’d say the Belgian diplomat was following protocol set at the top.

tpitman on June 11, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Is Obama throwing Hillary under the bus to distract from the other scandals? Will she be sacrificed?

weaselyone on June 11, 2013 at 10:28 AM

A DS agent was called off a case against US Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman over claims that he solicited prostitutes, including minors.

If there is justice in the world then let there be a paper trail going back to Killary that she knew this schmutz was targeting children but she let him go back to work.

Bishop on June 11, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Howard Gutman is the Ambassador who said this a few years ago:

‘…[A] distinction should be made between traditional anti-Semitism, which should be condemned and Muslim hatred for Jews, which stems from the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.’

Here’s more of his speech, which reportedly shocked the audience:

US Ambassador Under Fire for Comments on Anti-Semitism

Resist We Much on June 11, 2013 at 10:28 AM

A government who could provide an email from any citizen of the US at any time will somehow be unable to provide emails from Hillary Clinton relating to this issue.

weaselyone on June 11, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Drained Brain on June 11, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Beat me to it. I should have read the thread.

As soon as I saw ‘US Ambassado to Belgium,’ that speech was the first thing that popped into my head.

Resist We Much on June 11, 2013 at 10:30 AM

The alleged misconduct took place during former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s tenure

And she had hundreds of FBI files in the White House when Bill was President, replaced the entire travel office with friends, couldn’t find her Rose Law Firm records until the day after the statute of limitations ran out, and turned a $1000 gamble on cattle futures into $100,000 in one year.

Bill Clinton is looking like the less sleazy one of the pair.

rbj on June 11, 2013 at 10:30 AM

“Man, now I’m wishing it had been a one-term proposition.”

–Øbama

Odysseus on June 11, 2013 at 10:30 AM

This is the oddest defense I’ve ever seen:

Gutman said today in a statement,”I am angered and saddened by the baseless allegations that have appeared in the press and to watch the four years I have proudly served in Belgium smeared is devastating.

“I live on a beautiful park in Brussels that you walk through to get to many locations and at no point have I ever engaged in any improper activity.”

The old “I was just walking through the park” excuse – what the heck is he referencing? Was he really just strolling through the park one day?

Drained Brain on June 11, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Mrs. Clinton knows that any question of sexual misconduct by a democrat is part of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy. She will Avert Her Eyes.

Fleuries on June 11, 2013 at 10:31 AM

We need to give these people all the tools they need to protect us.

You kids who are being hunted by pedophiles, sorry you’re on your own, the U.S. government has important work to do elsewhere.

Bishop on June 11, 2013 at 10:32 AM

This administration has made our country a laughing stock. There’s never been anything close to this much incompetence and failed leadership in an administration before, not that I’m aware of. Pitiful. If a corporation were run this way they’d have been out of business ages ago.

scalleywag on June 11, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Don’t blame Hillary though
-chuck

cmsinaz on June 11, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Yeah, Darrell Issa has shown just how effective oversight is. How many people have gone to jail for Fast and Furious? Benghazi? The IRS? I mean, Holder has at least been fired, right?

MadisonConservative on June 11, 2013 at 10:22 AM

All I could do is laugh out loud here, and it would be wildly inappropriate, even though I can’t seem to help it in real life.

These are the people, bluegill, that are responsible for the oversight. These are the oversighters. Right here. Up there, in the post; up in all the other posts over the last . . . few years.

These are the people responsible for making sure that the wholesale surveillance of America never becomes abusive.

Yeah, I know what I just typed.

Axe on June 11, 2013 at 10:36 AM

The important thing is to make sure any kids he had sex with can get morning-after pills without a prescription.

mbs on June 11, 2013 at 10:37 AM

With all these cover-ups, the Obama administration is gonna need a hell of a lot more tarps buses.

The Rogue Tomato on June 11, 2013 at 10:06 AM

The wheels of the bus go THUMP! THUMP! THUMP!

Steve Eggleston on June 11, 2013 at 10:37 AM

He’s a Kennedy, he gets a pass…

right2bright on June 11, 2013 at 10:41 AM

The old “I was just walking through the park” excuse

Drained Brain on June 11, 2013 at 10:31 AM

This man is still our Ambassador. I guess handing over $280K to the rat-eared coward gives one lots of latitude in the personal behavior department.

Happy Nomad on June 11, 2013 at 10:43 AM

…and at no point have I ever engaged in any improper activity.”

Translation: You silly Christo-fascist teabaggers are too dumb realize that there is nothing inappropriate at all about soliciting children. The rest of the world has left your tired old morality behind. Grow up, already.

JimLennon on June 11, 2013 at 10:45 AM

“I live on a beautiful park in Brussels that you walk through to get to many locations and at no point have I ever engaged in any improper activity.”

Drained Brain on June 11, 2013 at 10:31 AM

It depends on what the definition of ‘improper’ is. :-)

Resist We Much on June 11, 2013 at 10:53 AM

All true, all true. Yet if Obama could run again, he would be reelected by Mainstrean Media.
If Hillary runs in 2016, she will be elected in a landslide by the mainstream media.
The old GOP needs to wake up.

weizbad on June 11, 2013 at 10:57 AM

That should include subpoenas for Kennedy and Clinton, and we can see whether Clinton’s famous rejoinder to Senator Ron Johnson gets deployed again in her defense.

Oh dear! Another deathbed experience in the planning for the world’s smartest woman. Maybe she can tweet about her recovery.

Happy Nomad on June 11, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Degenerate freaks.

forest on June 11, 2013 at 10:58 AM

But after Obama, anyone can be President now.

KateNE on June 11, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Woohoo! We’ve achieved the American Dream! *Anyone* can be President now! /s

GWB on June 11, 2013 at 11:09 AM

These are the people responsible for making sure that the wholesale surveillance of America never becomes abusive.

Yeah, I know what I just typed.

Axe on June 11, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Hey man, you just pointed out the genius of the machine. When the cogs never question why they turn, the machine runs nice and smooth.

MadisonConservative on June 11, 2013 at 11:12 AM

The old “I was just walking through the park” excuse – what the heck is he referencing? Was he really just strolling through the park one day?

Drained Brain on June 11, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Wasn’t that George Michael’s excuse?

slickwillie2001 on June 11, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Yeah, Darrell Issa has shown just how effective oversight is. How many people have gone to jail for Fast and Furious? Benghazi? The IRS? I mean, Holder has at least been fired, right?

MadisonConservative on June 11, 2013 at 10:22 AM

You do realize that all those actions are well out of Issa’s hands. Indeed, he has to go before the full House to get an official declaration of contempt of Congress to stick, and the last time I checked, he is neither Speaker nor Majority Leader.

Indeed, there are only two things the House can pursue – contempt of Congress and impeachment, and the latter would require not only all 45 Pubbies but 27 Rats to vote for removal (and possible bar on future federal office). Outside the referral of contempt of Congress charges to the full House, Issa has essentially no greater role on either than any member of Congress not named Bo(eh)ner or Cantor. While Issa is a member of the Judiciary Committee, he is not a member of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, where impeachment proceedings would begin.

As for contempt charges, what to do about them is again out of Issa’s direct hands. A civil lawsuit requires the full House, which Bo(eh)ner and Cantor control. A criminal pursuit requires the cooperation of the US Attorney for the District of Columbia (an administration political appointee). The long-lost concept of “inherent contempt”, which allows for imprisonment not extending beyond the current session of Congress, again requires the full House, and may or may not be applicable to members of the administration subject to impeachment.

Steve Eggleston on June 11, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Rewarding their friends… most of whom are freaks in a sexy illegal sort’a way.

RalphyBoy on June 11, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Edit – “…and the latter would require not only all 45 Pubbies Senators but 27 Rats Senators to vote for removal….”

Steve Eggleston on June 11, 2013 at 11:17 AM

I thought NBC didn’t do news anymore. Or was that MSNBC?

I’m confused.

pain train on June 11, 2013 at 11:19 AM

It depends on what the definition of ‘improper’ is. :-)

Resist We Much on June 11, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Exactly my first thought…ask NAMBLA what improper solicitation is and you will be astonished at how easy it is for them to accept children be solicited, in fact they will try to convince you it is to the child’s benefit.

So I imagine “improper” is a term best reserved for conservatives…it doesn’t exist much in the liberals world.

right2bright on June 11, 2013 at 11:21 AM

You do realize that all those actions are well out of Issa’s hands.

Steve Eggleston on June 11, 2013 at 11:16 AM

All of which demonstrates my point, which is that Snowden had no recourse for taking his information to any member of Congress. The information would have been easily buried. He released this information the way he did because that was the only way we’d ever hear about it.

He may not be a hero, but those calling him a traitor are overzealous fools. We are better off knowing this. It’s the only way we’ll ever truly get “transparency”.

MadisonConservative on June 11, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Gutman needs to be fired immediately.

Blake on June 11, 2013 at 10:16 AM

This crowd will promote him.

esr1951 on June 11, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Gutman might have been an Obama bundler…but his connections are with Team Clinton.

Guelphs and Ghibellines

Maybe…

Snowden is aligned with the Ghibellines (Clintons)

and

Fedenisn is aligned with the Guelphs (Obama)

?

workingclass artist on June 11, 2013 at 11:31 AM

All of which demonstrates my point, which is that Snowden had no recourse for taking his information to any member of Congress. The information would have been easily buried. He released this information the way he did because that was the only way we’d ever hear about it.

He may not be a hero, but those calling him a traitor are overzealous fools. We are better off knowing this. It’s the only way we’ll ever truly get “transparency”.

MadisonConservative on June 11, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Not quite. What illustrates your point is there is nothing Congress can do to protect Snowden from the hit squad.

Had Snowden gone to, say, Issa, instead of the Guardian and then the ChiComs, we would know exactly what we will know. The only difference is, Snowden would be dead a few months sooner than he will be.

Steve Eggleston on June 11, 2013 at 11:34 AM

I am one of the first to be appalled how my agency is covering up Benghazi and it looks like there might be a cover-up of this political appointed Ambassador’s actions. However, there is a huge misconception of what Patrick Kennedy’s role is in the Department of State based on the following:

This ambassador got recalled to Washington for a meeting with Patrick Kennedy, Hillary Clinton’s right-hand man at Foggy Bottom. Instead of getting relieved and investigated, CBS reported yesterday that the man was “permitted to return to his post.” Did Kennedy make that decision? Or did Hillary Clinton?


Patrick Kennedy is not Hillary Clinton’s right-hand man. That would be Cheryl Mills. Patrick Kennedy is the Under Secretary for Management. Patrick Kennedy’s name is being thrown out there regarding this because of his name being involved in Benghazi. Any Ambassador recalled to Washington would have to see Patrick Kennedy as well as the other Under Secretaries of State as part of their recall.

As the Under Secretary of State for Managment, Patrick Kennedy does not have the power to fire Ambassadors and does not make the decision whether they go back to post. That decision whether the Ambassador goes back to post is first made by the Assistant Secretary of the Regional Bureau that post belongs then by the Secretary of State.

The decision to fire an Ambassador is only made by the Secretary of State and the President of the United States, especially when it is a political appointed Ambassador. It is not made by the Under Secretary for Management.

Patrick Kennedy may have made some decision errors regarding Benghazi, those facts are still to be determined. It is highly unlikely that the Under Secretary for Managment was making direct security decisions for Libya, that would have been made by the Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security, Eric Boswell. But, it is still unclear, based on testimony from a low-level Regional Security Officer assigned in Tripoli who would not know for sure whether Kennedy was involved in those decisions. Listening to his testimony, his accusations of Kennedy were based on his own opinion and hearsay. He was only in contact with Deputy Assistant Secretary Charlene Lamb who had another two layers of direct reports to go through (including Eric Boswell) before she would even get to Kennedy’s level.

Long story short, Kennedy’s name is only being thrown out there because his name was brought up during Benghazi and this is the media’s attempt to pile on and distract people from the real issue, which is Hillary and Obama.

DoS_Conservative on June 11, 2013 at 11:35 AM

I thought NBC didn’t do news anymore. Or was that MSNBC?

I’m confused.

pain train on June 11, 2013 at 11:19 AM

NBC News does “some” news…when they’re not too busy rigging pickups to explode and otherwise aping their MSNBC spawn.

Steve Eggleston on June 11, 2013 at 11:39 AM

The only difference is, Snowden would be dead a few months sooner than he will be.

Steve Eggleston on June 11, 2013 at 11:34 AM

The second difference is the left side of the Statists would be a bit more successful in their spin that this is all a Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy because the dissemination source would be the House instead of lefty Brits.

Steve Eggleston on June 11, 2013 at 11:41 AM

let face it. This guy is exec potential for the democratic party.

acyl72 on June 11, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Update: The New York Post names names:

They certainly do.

– U.S. Ambassador to Belgium and huge Democratic donor Howard Gutman
– Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff Cheryl Mills
– Undersecretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy
– Agents in Hillary Clinton’s personal security detail

We deserve to know these names. And we also deserve to know the names of Hillary Clinton’s security agents who were known to hire prostitutes. Prostitutes in foreign nations are very often victims of human trafficking.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 11, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Long story short, Kennedy’s name is only being thrown out there because his name was brought up during Benghazi and this is the media’s attempt to pile on and distract people from the real issue, which is Hillary and Obama.

DoS_Conservative on June 11, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Surely you don’t mean to suggest that Hillary and Obama would go blaming anyone else.

I’m sure this was all done by a couple of low-level staffers in the Benghazi Embassy….

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 11, 2013 at 11:48 AM

“This ambassador got recalled to Washington for a meeting with Patrick Kennedy, Hillary Clinton’s right-hand man … “

Ahahahahahahaha …
An “investigation” into illegal sexual behavior by a KENNEDY?
The family has skated from homicide(s) and rape(s).
Gee, who woulda thunk it’d be “white-washed”?
And how scroo’ed up is this country?
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on June 11, 2013 at 11:55 AM

While I see Obama’s complete lack of managerial experience as a common link to some – many? – of these scandals, there seems to be something deeper and darker in play.

Drained Brain on June 11, 2013 at 10:14 AM

That would be almost be a good description of Hillary Clinton’s mind. Except I’d go with convoluted rather than deep.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 11, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Hey Aqualung!

birdwatcher on June 11, 2013 at 12:10 PM

“routinely ditched his protective security detail in order to solicit sexual favors from both prostitutes and minor children,”

Thought this was a story about Obama when I saw that quote in the photo …

ShainS on June 11, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Anticipating Libism: “Well if the Belgians are okay with it, who are we to say?”

Axeman on June 11, 2013 at 12:15 PM

I think the bus is broken too.

jake49 on June 11, 2013 at 12:27 PM

“This ambassador got recalled to Washington for a meeting with Patrick Kennedy, Hillary Clinton’s right-hand man … “

Ahahahahahahaha …
An “investigation” into illegal sexual behavior by a KENNEDY?
The family has skated from homicide(s) and rape(s).
Gee, who woulda thunk it’d be “white-washed”?
And how scroo’ed up is this country?
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on June 11, 2013 at 11:55 AM


Patrick Kennedy isn’t a member of the Kennedy family. He just happens to have the same last name.

DoS_Conservative on June 11, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Nothing is going to happen, because the palace guard will never foment outrage, and the “Justice” Dept. won’t prosecute one of Barry’s friends.

Iblis on June 11, 2013 at 12:55 PM

From this NYDN piece I learn more about his bizarre “just strolling through the park one day” defense:

“I live on a beautiful park in Brussels that you walk through to get to many locations and at no point have I ever engaged in any improper activity,” he added, referencing specific accusations that he “routinely ditched” his security detail to see hookers in a public park.

And, as we all know, it’s quite common for American ambassadors to stroll through public parks without security to get to their destinations, isn’t it?

Drained Brain on June 11, 2013 at 1:10 PM

the bizarre decision to keep Gutman in place certainly suggests a possible connection between his donations and State’s decision to cut off the investigation.

Bizarre? Not if you are Hillary and you want this guy raising a half-mil for you in 2016. And you really think Bill Clinton’s wife gives a rip about an Ambassador cavorting with hookers and young girls?

rockmom on June 11, 2013 at 1:37 PM

But we can trust these people to know every phone call we make and read our e-mails/credit card information, really! I mean, they were only targeting foreign prostitutes and children, right?

-Blue Gill and other Hot Air statists

Pattosensei on June 11, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Here is his State Department Bio and the only qualification it seems he has for being an ambassador is he was a democrat and Obama supporter.

JeffinSac on June 11, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Um, why was it so easy to ditch his security detail?

{^_^}

herself on June 12, 2013 at 7:41 AM