Only four State Dept employees disciplined over Benghazi get jobs back

posted at 9:21 am on August 20, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Nearly a year after the terrorist attack on a woefully unprepared American consulate in Benghazi took the lives of four Americans, including the first Ambassdor killed in the line of duty since the Carter administration, only four low-to-midlevel State Department employees have been held accountable for the fatal failure.  Actually, make that … zero.  Secretary of State John Kerry has determined that none of the four deserve disciplinary action, Josh Rogin (a very busy man today) reports for The Daily Beast, and they have all been ordered to return to work (via Instapundit):

Secretary of State John Kerry has determined that the four State Department officials placed on administrative leave by Hillary Clinton after the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi do not deserve any formal disciplinary action and has asked them to come back to work at the State Department starting Tuesday.

Last December, Clinton’s staff told four mid-level officials to clean out their desks and hand in their badges after the release of the report of its own internal investigation into the Benghazi attack, compiled by the Administrative Review Board led by former State Department official Tom Pickering and former Joint Chiefs Chairman Ret. Adm. Mike Mullen. Those four officials have been in legal and professional limbo, not fired but unable to return to their jobs, for eight months… until today.

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Raymond Maxwell, the only official from the State Department’s Near Eastern Affairs bureau to lose his job over the Benghazi attack, told The Daily Beast Monday he received a memo from the State Department’s human resources department informing him his administrative leave status has been lifted and he should report for duty Tuesday morning.

One could read this a couple of different ways.  The disciplinary actions came after the release of the Accountability Review Board report that worked very hard to keep only lower-level careerists accountable for the disaster.  Kerry, on his arrival at Foggy Bottom, conducted a review of the ARB’s findings against his own assessment of the State Department.  If the moves are part of a decision to reopen the issues of failure and incompetence on Benghazi, then restoring the four to duty may be a good idea.

That’s not what this looks like, though, at least according to Rogin’s sources.  None of the four will return to their previous positions, but have been reassigned away from security issues, and supposedly their previous service was a mitigating factor.  However, another factor may have been the demand for hearings from the four disciplined officials, especially Maxwell:

“No explanation, no briefing, just come back to work. So I will go in tomorrow,” Maxwell said.

Maxwell previously told The Daily Beast that the reasons for his administrative leave designation had never been explained to him. He contended that he had little role in Libya policy and no involvement whatsoever in the events leading up to the Benghazi attack.

“The overall goal is to restore my honor,” Maxwell had said.

Restoring the four to duty eliminates the need for hearings over their status — hearings that could easily embarrass the State Department and the Accountability Review Board. From this report, it seems clear that Kerry has no interest in getting to the bottom of the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans who tried to defend him and our consulate. In the end, no one at all will be accountable for the epic failure, and then the serial lies told in its aftermath, unless Congress imposes it from Capitol Hill.


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keep em quite, keep em happy, down the memory hole it all goes.

rob verdi on August 20, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Suspend Scapegoat, Reinstate Scapegoat coming to a YouTube theatre near you…

hillsoftx on August 20, 2013 at 9:25 AM

So they’re sending them back to work so that the State Department can avoid hearings that might expose some . . . inconvenient . . . truths about what happened in Benghazi?

Most transparent and accountable administration evah!

AZCoyote on August 20, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Welcome to America in 2013…..you can have Truth or Tranquility.

But you cannot have both. Choose wisely….

I hate to say this, but this may be America’s Epitaph.

ToddPA on August 20, 2013 at 9:27 AM

What difference does it make?

myiq2xu on August 20, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Why was anybody suspended to begin with if it was a phony scandal?

forest on August 20, 2013 at 9:29 AM

It’s Hillary’s fault.

rbj on August 20, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Low level. Of course — the exact people who were responsible for making the decisions as to whether to go to Las Vegas for a fundraiser, to not answer that 3AM phone call….

Those people.

Heh.

unclesmrgol on August 20, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Does this count as jobs saved or created?

Flange on August 20, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Why was anybody suspended to begin with if it was a phony scandal?

forest on August 20, 2013 at 9:29 AM

I forgot about that. You are absolutely right — it was the Republicans’ fault for even thinking that something might have been able to be done at Benghazi either beforehand or during the attack.

Reprehensible Republicans.

unclesmrgol on August 20, 2013 at 9:31 AM

In the end, no one at all will be accountable for the epic failure, and then the serial lies told in its aftermath, unless Congress imposes it from Capitol Hill.

I know we can count on Republicans in Congress to hold these peeps accountable.

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ted c on August 20, 2013 at 9:34 AM

low-to-midlevel State Department employees

Rogue…….you forgot to mention rogue.

antipc on August 20, 2013 at 9:35 AM

did they help produce The Video?

ted c on August 20, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Where is the outrage in getting to the bottom of this!! How can any human being that was involved in this cover-up live with the knowledge that 4 Americans are dead and we still have no answers why military forces were told to stand down. This is just outrageous!

karlinsync on August 20, 2013 at 9:38 AM

If elected, Killary will do for America what she did for Benghazi.

trs on August 20, 2013 at 9:39 AM

From this report, it seems clear that Kerry has no interest in getting to the bottom of the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans who tried to defend him and our consulate. In the end, no one at all will be accountable for the epic failure, and then the serial lies told in its aftermath, unless Congress imposes it from Capitol Hill.

Remember this quote from April 17th when Kerry was before the House Foreign Affairs Committee?


“Let’s get this done with, folks,” Kerry told the House Foreign Affairs Committee in his first appearance before Congress since taking office. “”I do not want to spend the next year coming up here talking about Benghazi.”

Clearly he has decided that “at this point what difference does it make” and is trying to let the guilty slither away by reassigning those who would take them down during any adverse administrative hearings. We must not let that happen.

Happy Nomad on August 20, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Let this be a lesson to you IRS thugs, no bad deed goes unpunished.

antipc on August 20, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Ed, the title of this post is majorly confusing. If you read it correctly it reads like you are saying ONLY four of some larger number of people got their jobs back. Instead of Only you could just say “the”.

Free Indeed on August 20, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Ben Ghazi…the forgotten American?

coldwarrior on August 20, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Another if this happened under a gop administration part 2,154

Unstinkingbelievable

cmsinaz on August 20, 2013 at 9:46 AM

I’m done with elections. They are truly meaningless. Only one option to get the country back.

nobar on August 20, 2013 at 9:53 AM

What difference does it make?

myiq2xu on August 20, 2013 at 9:28 AM

+1

Khun Joe on August 20, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Where is the outrage in getting to the bottom of this!! How can any human being that was involved in this cover-up live with the knowledge that 4 Americans are dead and we still have no answers why military forces were told to stand down. This is just outrageous!

karlinsync on August 20, 2013 at 9:38 AM

This is rhetorical?

You are talking about Hillary ‘What Difference Does It Make’ Clinton. She has a history of leaving bodies behind her.

TerryW on August 20, 2013 at 9:59 AM

If elected, Killary will do for America what she did for Benghazi.

trs on August 20, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Screw trying to mock her on the 3 am call line.

The campaign slogan should be “Hillary will keep you as safe as she kept the four dead men in Benghazi.”

BuckeyeSam on August 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM

As I said on the headlines thread:
Who didn’t see this coming? Anyone? Hands up, please. UE, bayam? Anyone else?

GWB on August 20, 2013 at 10:04 AM

This actually makes. The folks who really effed-up are now all working on the Clinton (or Antony Weiner) Campaign.

Deafdog on August 20, 2013 at 10:11 AM

errr…..This actually makes sense, is what I meant to say….

Deafdog on August 20, 2013 at 10:12 AM

No one gets fired. Ever.
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And when you work for this administration, where you know you cannot be fired because the corrupt leadres fear reprisal and exposure,………
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anything goes…..

FlaMurph on August 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Free Indeed on August 20, 2013 at 9:44 AM

I’ll second that…

pain train on August 20, 2013 at 10:20 AM

nobar on August 20, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Only an informed electorate would be able to save our Republic, so naturally we’re doomed!!

Deano1952 on August 20, 2013 at 10:22 AM

In the end, no one at all will be accountable for the epic failure, and then the serial lies told in its aftermath, unless Congress imposes it from Capitol Hill.

Fat f*cking chance.

I hold this government in more contempt than I ever thought imaginable.

Midas on August 20, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Anyone have a handbook on ‘going Galt’? I want to start starving this f*cking beast, today.

‘Let it burn’? Hell, no – *make* it f*cking burn.

Midas on August 20, 2013 at 10:29 AM

It’s call hush money.

Or Bribery for the uninitiated.

profitsbeard on August 20, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Restoring the four to duty eliminates the need for hearings over their status

How convenient. Did someone bring Kerry a bowl of water so he could wash his hands?

GarandFan on August 20, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Let this be a lesson to you IRS thugs, no bad deed goes unpunished.

antipc on August 20, 2013 at 9:41 AM

I think you put it backwards. I think you meant to say that “No bad deed gets punished!”

Problem is, it only works for Democrats.

PrettyD_Vicious on August 20, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Anyone have a handbook on ‘going Galt’? I want to start starving this f*cking beast, today.

‘Let it burn’? Hell, no – *make* it f*cking burn.

Midas on August 20, 2013 at 10:29 AM

That is tantamount to right wing terrorism! Slave labor camp for you!

PrettyD_Vicious on August 20, 2013 at 10:49 AM

PrettyD_Vicious on August 20, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Thanks, my editor is on vacation.

antipc on August 20, 2013 at 10:55 AM

So long as the film maker has been properly chastised I feel safe…
/s

Gwillie on August 20, 2013 at 11:16 AM

PERFECT RECORD

The number of people cf fired-indicted-prosecuted for scandals.

FAST & FURIOUS 0
BENGHAZI 0
IRS 0
NSA 0
DOJ-ZIMMEREMAN 0
DOJ-FOX NEWS 0

With statistics like this the government is saying 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q 4Q!!!

MaiDee on August 20, 2013 at 11:24 AM

I’d be willing to bet that Kerry already knows exactly what happened relating to the Benghazi attack,and he’s more than willing to be complicit in aiding and abetting the cover up in order to protect this administration and his cronies. It is my belief that this may well have been the price for his appointment as Secretary of State.

thatsafactjack on August 20, 2013 at 11:49 AM

MaiDee on August 20, 2013 at 11:24 AM

will someone from the right actually make an ad out of this….PLEASE

cmsinaz on August 20, 2013 at 12:17 PM

ALL of the OBOZO regime ACCOMPLICES TO MURDER get off free and clear. The four Americans murdered by the muslim islamofascists, however, remain DEAD.

TeaPartyNation on August 20, 2013 at 1:36 PM

At least nobody was sent to jail over this phony scandal…

Nevermind

in_awe on August 20, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Let us not forget that there is a plaque in Hanoi war museum basically praising John Kerry for his efforts in Vietnam war. Mr. Kerry has a lot of sympathy for people who are way out of line.

burt on August 20, 2013 at 6:52 PM

MaiDee on August 20, 2013 at 11:24 AM

will someone from the right actually make an ad out of this….PLEASE

cmsinaz on August 20, 2013 at 12:17 PM

…specially after JugEars keeps saying he will find out who’s responsible…and will be dealt with!

KOOLAID2 on August 20, 2013 at 10:39 PM