Jay Carney: I don’t know if we’ll cooperate with the Benghazi select committee

posted at 3:21 pm on May 5, 2014 by Allahpundit

Lot o’ strategizin’ happening today vis-a-vis the committee, and not just on the GOP side. Greg Sargent hears from a source on the Hill that Pelosi and company are trying to decide whether to boycott.

A House Dem leadership aide points out that there is precedent for such a boycott. Back in 2005, House Dem leaders declined to participate in GOP hearings into what went wrong with the Bush administration’s response to the Katrina disaster, arguing that Republicans had set up the committee in a way that ensured it would not conduct a serious probe into what happened.

The House Dem leadership aide notes that Dems are looking at their 2005 response as a possible model on how to respond to the new Benghazi committee, though no decisions have been made.

“There is deep concern in the Caucus that participation in this sham committee, like the 2005 Katrina committee, would serve to legitimize what has and by all signs will continue to be a political operation,” the Dem leadership aide tells me.

Steny Hoyer told Politico today that they haven’t decided what to do yet. I made the case for why boycotting is smart-ish in the last post; if your goal is to delegitimize the proceedings, there’s no clearer way to make that point (especially to your friends in the media, who undoubtedly share your contempt for this) than to skip it entirely. The counterargument is that the average low-information voter watching soundbites of the day’s hearings at 10 p.m. on cable either won’t know or won’t care about the boycott. All he’ll know is that Trey Gowdy is pounding the table and seems utterly convinced that there’s a cover-up, and that the witness he’s grilling seems shifty and nervous. If you’re a Dem, maybe it’s better to have people on the committee pounding the table about what a farce this all is so that the news networks have something for the “counterpoint” part of the soundbite highlight reel.

What Democrats are really trying to do right now, I think, is calculate the odds that there’s something hugely damaging out there that might be uncovered by the committee — in other words, the odds that the GOP’s been right about Benghazi all along. Looks to me like they’re 90 percent sure that this’ll be a nothingburger, but that remaining 10 percent carries a big risk. Namely, if they participate in the committee, spend three weeks screeching that it’s a sham and an insult to the president, and then a smoking gun turns up, they’ll be as humiliated as Obama is. That’s another reason to boycott, to keep their distance not only from a committee that their base finds dubious but to keep their distance from any findings that might truly hurt O. Or would their absence actually backfire by signaling to the public that they didn’t care enough to find the truth? Political actors don’t like uncertainty and Pelosi’s dealing with a lot of uncertainty right now.

Exit question for legal eagles: What would it mean for the White House to not “cooperate” with the committee? I assume that means claiming executive privilege over documents that Gowdy wants, which has worked so far in other contexts to hinder GOP investigations but would look awfully shady in this case, especially with the White House bleating that this is all much ado about nothing. Would they, or could they, refuse to send witnesses too? Even Kerry and Hillary routinely appear/appeared before Congress. It’d look suspicious if the key players suddenly clammed up now.


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Jay Carney: I don’t know if we’ll cooperate with the Benghazi select committee

That was a “hint” from that well spoken woman from The Hill on FNC’s Sunday Show.

If they don’t cooperate, they will do nothing but further implicate themselves. They are being very stupid at this point.

And why bother with Kerry? He wasn’t in charge. Bring Killary to the table and hammer her Trey. Don’t let up. Make her answer where Obama was that night.

For 7 months prior to this attack there were numerous cables and communications directly to Killary advising of the fact that the “security” team assigned to the Consulate were Ansar Al Islam. And Killary rolled over, had another shot of vodka and hung out with Anthony Weiner’s wife.

Call Killary to account. Leave Kerry alone. He’s done.

Key West Reader on May 5, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Nobody has to take the 5th. At most, we’ll get some “I do not recall” moments.
This issue (like all the others)will go by the administration playbook:

1)Deny knowledge- ” didn’t learn about this until I read it in the paper”.
2) Outrageous outrage- we’ll get to the bottom of it “if anything really happened”, announce an “internal investigation” that will find all is kosher.
3)Spin- obfuscate, confuse to muddy the waters (press is now actively engaged in covering, failing to report).
4)Delay- do not cooperate, refuse to hand over pertinent documents.
5)Just Politics- after a long delay without supplying relevant facts and holding no one accountable, simply say there’s “no there there” and the GOP is on a political witch hunt… “enough is enough” and “lets move-on”, and the press cheerfully states that “all this time and no smoking gun was found”, not that they were looking for one.
By this time, anyone connected with the issue (read low-level staff only, obviously) has long since been promoted or moved on to a cushy private sector position. The press has moved into 24/7 coverage of some Republican state congressman that was involved in a hazing ritual at his dorm in the 70′s.

Nothing to see here.

B4B on May 5, 2014 at 4:26 PM

If it is a ‘nothingburger’ then the Administration would want to cooperate fully so as to make sure the GOP gets egg on its face BEFORE the elections. Even supporters of the administration admit it is a highly election oriented bunch.

Ditto the D’s in the House: get it done fast to show there is nothing there.

Unfortunately the Administration has already demonstrated it isn’t interested in giving Congress the proper information it has asked for. Still if there is nothing to hide, say it was a clerical error and open up everything to be investigated.

Really, as a political operation if there is nothing there, then it is a win-win-win if you cooperate and act all bi-partisan and such.

If you don’t help, then you are part of the cover-up by default. That includes Congresscritters, too.

ajacksonian on May 5, 2014 at 4:26 PM

But Speaker of the House Midas says, “Jay, by God, you *will* cooperate, or you *will* find yourselves in jail. Are we clear?”

Midas on May 5, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Oh please Dems stay home. I would just as soon not have to listen to a fool like Elijah Cummings filibustering, spewing Dem talking points and interrupting all the time. Stay away Dems its a great strategy.

neyney on May 5, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Will they chance an ‘obstruction’ indictment?
Federal Statute of Limitations is Five Years on Obstruction.
Jay, will Barry give all of you Blanket Pardons on 19 Jan 2017?
If not, you may get Scooterized.
Who’s going to pay for your children’s education, certainly not any of those DC lawyers you’ll be hiring.

Another Drew on May 5, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Jay Carney: I don’t know if we’ll cooperate with the Benghazi select committee

Third World Banana Republic…

… When will Obowma start wearing a uniform?

Seven Percent Solution on May 5, 2014 at 4:30 PM

A guilty person never takes the stand when they are on trial.

Tater Salad on May 5, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Can the Democrats find the right people to include? We’ve seen Cumming’s office colluding with the government. How many more have done so? I think there has been much more than people think and this report could expose a lot of them.
Speaking of the IRS scandal, why hasn’t Cummings been dismissed?

djaymick on May 5, 2014 at 4:33 PM

A guilty person never takes the stand when they are on trial.

Tater Salad on May 5, 2014 at 4:32 PM

It’s because they can be cross-examined, their testimony can be questioned — re-examined, in other words, even afterward.

Or they assume they’re great actors and can “fool everyone” so they testify and plead innocence because:victim.

Lourdes on May 5, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Oops, I said Clyburn when I should have said Cummings was the race-card obfuscator.

onlineanalyst on May 5, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Just because Boehner picked Gowdy doesn’t mean he won’t fill up the committee with RINO cronies who will stonewall.

crankyoldlady on May 5, 2014 at 4:36 PM

These people are clinically Retarded…

Someone look this up. Didn’t the Democrats DEMAND
a Special Prosecutor for the Valerie Plame case??

You know, that greatest Crime to humanity, the mere
utterance of a woman’s name who happened to work at the CIA.

Why doesn’t someone with a SET, DEMAND a Special Prosecutor
for Benghazi?? If the Dem’s Bi*ch, simply bring up the
Plame case.

ToddPA on May 5, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Pure gold

Schadenfreude on May 5, 2014 at 4:43 PM

So, any news about Sandy Burgler ?

burrata on May 5, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Btw, the guy who said “dude” to Bret Bair, was obama’s driver when he was a senator, no kidding. Those are his ‘adviser’ qualifications.

Schadenfreude on May 5, 2014 at 4:45 PM

If the Dems & the WH stonewall or refuse to participate the GOP should give up any pretense of playing nice.

It should be said often & loudly that the other side CHOSE to not participate and one has to wonder what they are afraid of. Why don’t the Dems want the American people to know what happened – what went wrong?

Spin the boycott until even Axelrod thinks they’re guilty.

katiejane on May 5, 2014 at 4:46 PM

… When will Obowma start wearing a uniform?

Seven Percent Solution on May 5, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Pretty much looking like a corpse-man now…

de rigueur on May 5, 2014 at 4:47 PM

August 15, 2007

http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=93244

CEDAR FALLS, IA — U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) today said that as President, he will enact sweeping reforms to dramatically increase transparency and accountability in government to make it responsive and accountable to the American people. The Illinois Senator outlined his plan in remarks that highlighted his record of fighting for ethics and lobbying reforms that were unpopular with political insiders while in the U.S. Senate and the Illinois state Senate.

“More and more, the real business of our democracy isn’t done in town halls or public meetings or even in the open halls of Congress,” Obama said. “Decisions are made in closed-door meetings, or with the silent stroke of the President’s pen, or because some lobbyist got some Congressman to slip his pet project into a bill during the dead of night. We have to take the blinders off the White House. The more people know about what’s going on in Washington, and how their tax dollars are being spent, and who’s raising money for who, the less likely it is that major decisions will be hijacked by lobbyists and special interests.”

-snip-

“I know it’s easy to be cynical about politics in this country,” Obama said. “I understand that cynicism. But I’ve always said that when the American people are paying attention — when they’re involved and engaged and informed about what’s going on in their government — then good things happen. I’ve spent my life trying to open up the political process to people, and I believe we can do it again. And when we do that, we will have a government that listens to their voices and finally responds to their best hopes once more.”

February 2013

President Obama defended his government as “the most transparent administration in history” Thursday afternoon during a White House “fireside hangout” hosted online by Google — even as dozens of unanswered questions surrounding the decision-making process behind his assassination-by-drone program make the rounds in the news.

The president made the comment as he answered a question from Kira Davis, a conservative blogger and actress who was one of five participants in the session. She noted that with the recently leaked Justice Department memos regarding drone assassinations of American citizens and the Republican-driven Congressional investigation into the events leading up to the terrorist attack in Benghazi, “it just feels a lot less transparent than we all hoped it would be.”

Obama immediately pushed back.

“Well, actually, on a whole bunch of fronts, we’ve kept that promise,” he said. “This is the most transparent administration in history, and I can document how that is the case — everything from every visitor who comes into the White House is now part of the public record. That is something we changed. Every law that we pass, every rule that we implement we put online for everyone to see.”

Del Dolemonte on May 5, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Btw, the guy who said “dude” to Bret Bair, was obama’s driver when he was a senator, no kidding. Those are his ‘adviser’ qualifications.

Schadenfreude on May 5, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Looked @ that guy and I wondered
” he is in the closet ready to come out “.
Now we know he did benefit from his stay .
In the closet .

burrata on May 5, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Yeah Jay you keep spinning that Bullsh*t,

Mr. Gowdy’s gonna kick all your azzes worse than
that great Hawiian God Mono Tiki Tia did
on a Scooby Doo episode…

Oh, and Don Ho says Eff you from the grave….

Jack Lords Hair on May 5, 2014 at 4:54 PM

And the lsm will praise him for standing up to the GOP

cmsinaz on May 5, 2014 at 4:59 PM

As long as the LSM is on board, it’s going to be waaaaaay uphill. No matter, the truth.

LastRonin on May 5, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Bob Beckel just blurted out on The Five, that “it’s a shame that anyone would use this (Benghazi Committee) for political purposes” after belching out that he thought no Democrat should participate and “if they do, their (Dem party) card should be (destroyed).”

Woe, the fascism. Woe, the denial.

Lourdes on May 5, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Those dirty, ubstructionist, no good Repu… wait, the Dems won’t cooperate with a select committee? They’ve done something similar in 2005?

Effay5 on May 5, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Btw, the guy who said “dude” to Bret Bair, was obama’s driver when he was a senator, no kidding. Those are his ‘adviser’ qualifications.

Schadenfreude on May 5, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Recall Obama’s words, “(you would know him) by the people (he) surrounds (himself) with.”

Perhaps the only statement Obama’s ever made about himself that was lucid.

Lourdes on May 5, 2014 at 5:06 PM

If you have any liberal friends who don’t understand why people are so outraged about sending the U.S. military in to try to rescue the people in the Benghazi Consulate, have them read Tom Clancy’s last book:

Command Authority by Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=command%20authority&sprefix=command+au%2Caps&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Acommand%20authority

This 2013 novel includes a description of a similar attack on a fictional CIA compound that is absolutely chilling.

It would be impossible to read Clancy’s description of the attack without anxiously waiting for the U.S. Military to arrive. Perhaps it will open some liberal eyes to the magnitude of the disaster at Benghazi.

In addition to being an excellent spy thriller and a quick page-turner of a read, Command Authority also provides incredible insight into the current crisis in Ukraine and Crimea.

wren on May 5, 2014 at 5:09 PM

I hope you and family remain safe. The goons are capable of anything.

Schadenfreude on May 5, 2014 at 3:56 PM

The direct pressure on the spouses of some of the survivors is intense. Seen this tactic firsthand, but not here.

HonestLib on May 5, 2014 at 5:10 PM

The Democrats have reverted to The Trunk ™ defense on Benghazi:

“Whatever you do, don’t look in the trunk. It’s a waste of time because there’s nothing in there, so don’t even look in the trunk.”

John the Libertarian on May 5, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Where are the survivors!!!?????

LastRonin on May 5, 2014 at 5:13 PM

wren on May 5, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Oops! Typo.

Should have said…

why people are so outraged about NOT sending in the U.S. military to try to rescue…

wren on May 5, 2014 at 5:14 PM

…In addition to being an excellent spy thriller and a quick page-turner of a read, Command Authority also provides incredible insight into the current crisis in Ukraine and Crimea.

wren on May 5, 2014 at 5:09 PM

I knew Tom Clancy and his recent passing is among the nation’s biggest loss, as also literature’s. I was extremely saddened that his loss received so little notice in media.

You’re quite right about COMMAND AUTHORITY. Clancy had a remarkable gift of seeing things that few others could.

Lourdes on May 5, 2014 at 5:15 PM

I think it is obvious the Obama administration was up to no good in Libya, just as they were in The Fast and Furious fiasco. There were no consequences for The F+F fiasco, they thought they could get away with their BS again. Obama could not give the order to rescue the embassy staffers because his shenanigans would be made public. This made them have to have a cover up right before the election. They are all scumbag liars who should be behind bars.

birdwatcher on May 5, 2014 at 5:19 PM

What would have happened if Tricky dicky would have refused to cooperate with Congress? Alexander Butterfield would never have disclosed the white house taping system.

Herb on May 5, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Make no mistake, something big happened. Or rather, nothing happened. And that’s the point. They hoped this whole thing would boil over and be done. Obama intentionally did nothing to save those people. That’s what they are hiding.

For me, the video thing was the stupidest thing they could do. So what if it’s a video? How does that change anything about culpability? It doesn’t. It doesn’t affect guilt. It only makes the White House look stupid that people would incite violence over a youtube video.

MrX on May 5, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Btw, the guy who said “dude” to Bret Bair, was obama’s driver when he was a senator, no kidding. Those are his ‘adviser’ qualifications.

Schadenfreude on May 5, 2014 at 4:45 PM

ROFL

Not surprising in the least.

Midas on May 5, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Looks to me like they’re 90 percent sure that this’ll be a nothingburger, but that remaining 10 percent carries a big risk.

So, Stevens, Smith, Woods, and Doherty are only 10% dead? The US Military was only 10% ordered not to respond to their cries for help?
Disgusting.

bofh on May 5, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Bottom line is, by not taking part in this investigation it shows you have something to hide. If there was nothing to worry about, everything would be front and center.

Of course, they call the republicans obstructionist.

watertown on May 5, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Will the salutation on Veitors subpoena be “Dude!”?

MTF on May 5, 2014 at 5:44 PM

What a surprise, more cowardly acts from the Obama administration and the democratic party in general. Like someone said, if they have nothing to hide why not show the GOP they’re not hiding anything and make Boehner look foolish? They won’t make him look foolish by stonewalling.

scalleywag on May 5, 2014 at 5:48 PM

I knew Tom Clancy and his recent passing is among the nation’s biggest loss, as also literature’s. I was extremely saddened that his loss received so little notice in media.

You’re quite right about COMMAND AUTHORITY. Clancy had a remarkable gift of seeing things that few others could.

Lourdes on May 5, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Lourdes,

I completely agree with you that we lost a national treasure when Tom Clancy passed away in October!

I also completely agree with you that Tom Clancy provided insight on a world that others don’t see. And his last book Command Authority is a true masterpiece and a final warning to his fellow Americans.

Since you also appreciate Tom Clancy’s gifts, you may be interested in reading the book:

Comrade J: The Untold Secrets of Russia’s Master Spy in America After the End of the Cold War
by Pete Early – published in 2007

Comrade J tells the story of Sergei Tretyakov who was the head KGB/SVR agent in New York City in 1995-2000 and it also provides a huge wake up call to Americans.

Coincidently I found Comrade J at a used book sale and read it right after finishing Command Authority.

Comrade J confirms how accurately Tom Clancy described the KGB and Russian corruption in his book Command Authority. It blew my mind!

I noticed that both Command Authority and Comrade J were published by the same publisher, so I assume Tom Clancy may have been able to do some in depth research via this connection.

wren on May 5, 2014 at 5:49 PM

I got a kick out of Pelosi’s statement saying the republicans should focus on jobs. Just what is it that her party has done to create jobs besides waste almost a trillion or more on stimulus?

scalleywag on May 5, 2014 at 5:51 PM

OK, have it your way.
Our words of the day today are “subpoena” and “indictment”.
Can you say those words boys and girls.
Good job, I knew you could.

dentarthurdent on May 5, 2014 at 5:57 PM

How many committees have already investigated Benghazi? How will this investigation be different? If Clinton and Obama are found guilty of something will there be consequences or will this end like all the other investigations? Who/what entity needs to be involve to actually hold these people responsible?

hopeful on May 5, 2014 at 5:57 PM

MrX on May 5, 2014 at 5:30 PM

The “strategy” is to survive, one news cycle at a time. Win the news cycle, move on.

That strategy is effective in Chicago. It’s failing, finally, on the Potomac.

In Chicago, the worst thing that happens (usually) is that you get caught with your hand in the cookie jar. That is nothing compared to crass politicking and gross negligence that leads to four American deaths and a massive cover-up.

And still, he almost got away with it.

novaculus on May 5, 2014 at 5:58 PM

So, basically what they’re saying is they’re going to keep doing what they’ve been doing.

bflat879 on May 5, 2014 at 6:02 PM

So CIA Director Brennan went to Ukraine a couple weeks ago, according to the White House. Now we found out from the German press that there are CIA and FBI agents running all over Kiev as “advisors”. A crony Kiev government was installed recently, ousting their democratically elected government after what looks like US Government meddling.

The IMF has dangled $17 Billion in front of the corrupt government of Western Ukraine, on the condition it takes military action against the citizens of Eastern Ukraine. The conflict is escalating and it appears the US and the EU are fomenting it. The Ukrainian people seem to be headed for the same kind of disaster as all the other countries where the US showed up to force regime change.

And who benefits? The people who live in the US? Nope, it’s the American Aristocracy as usual. The country is controlled by a bunch of rank amateurs and the systems that were in place have fallen to ruin on their watch, urged along to destruction by a generous helping of looting by these parasites.

And now we are heading to a war that will tear the country apart. This war they want, our lords and masters, will not unify us behind them. The country will not get behind these adventures, and we will not have some repeat of WW II. There will be no New American Century as these little tyrants desire. Nobody knows what will happen, but it is certain that the economy will continue to get worse and as it does so the warmongering will ratchet up to distract from this reality.

But hey, let’s just worry about electing the next rubber stamp Congress and President. That will fix everything.

Another Libertarian on May 5, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Fifth time is the charm! Maybe the American people will care this time.

Yeah I doubt it too

Eva D. Struktion on May 5, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Wasn’t Carney supposed to leave his current job and be replaced or something…

jimver on May 5, 2014 at 6:15 PM

I don’t understand the possible outoce of the Select Committee.

We already know Rice lied about this. Everyone knows. Nobody cares.

We already know that Obama lied about ObamaCare (keep your plan/doctor). Everyone knows. Nobody cares.

faraway on May 5, 2014 at 6:15 PM

oops, outcome

faraway on May 5, 2014 at 6:19 PM

The difference this time is we have a midterm election coming up and Republicans know this is a nice shiny object to distract their base away from all the deals they are cutting with Dems in the corridors of Congress. Both serve the same master, anyone thinking this anything but more kabuki theater is deluded

Eva D. Struktion on May 5, 2014 at 6:21 PM

The difference this time is we have a midterm election coming up and Republicans know this is a nice shiny object to distract their base

Valerie Jarrett on May 5, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Since when are 4 dead Americans “nice shiny objects”?

PS, P.F. Sloan called. You’ll be hearing from his lawyers in the morning!

Del Dolemonte on May 5, 2014 at 6:29 PM

I guess we could catch someone lying to Congress, then send them to prison. That would be gratifying.

faraway on May 5, 2014 at 6:31 PM

O/T – Bret Baier is shilling a very long segment supporting that socialist common core education program.

TfromV on May 5, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Oh look Delmonte actually responded without mentioning high school dropouts or assigning me an arbitrary grade! Who says you can’t teach an old, worm-ridden dog new tricks?

Eva D. Struktion on May 5, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Allah – you give way, way, waaay, too much credit to the Dems.

They ain’t that shrewd. What works for them is low-ball, emotional repsonse material.

This hearing requires an amount of attention none of Barry’s rank-n-file are going to give it. And they’ve already made up their minds.

It’s a cover-up or it’s a racist.

What Pelosi is waiting on is if they can flip it to Cover-Up v Sexist.

They are not strategerizing to the smart degree you’re giving them.

The concern is how to protect Hillary because unless we get video of Barry saying “F those people! I have an election to win”, he’s untouchable on the issue.

You really think Pelosi is concerned with Zero’s lame-duck status? Please. She’s concerned about Reid. He has to hold on so they can fan the flames for ’16.

budfox on May 5, 2014 at 6:42 PM

For the lack of answers. They don’t even want the questions.

Yakko77 on May 5, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Every day I am sadly glad that my father (an exemplar of The Greatest Generation) doesn’t have to see this. And I would give nearly anything to have him back.

Tard on May 5, 2014 at 6:46 PM

George Will says the Progs should boycott, since the State Run Media is not interested in this…?

d1carter on May 5, 2014 at 6:47 PM

What was Valerie Jarrett doing the night of the Benghazi attack..?

d1carter on May 5, 2014 at 6:49 PM

This shows the real fear the Democrats have. The committee is not even formed and all ready they state they will not cooperate. Very interesting. The Democrats are starting to sequel the loudest.

For a government entity this is the same as evoking the 5th amendment.

“IF I DO NOT TELL YOU ANYTHING THEN YOU CAN NOT HOLD ANYTHING AGAINST ME”

Remember the crime is lying to the people for the purpose of personal gain (re-election).

jpcpt03 on May 5, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Jay Carney: I don’t know if we’ll cooperate with the Benghazi select committee

Why do I wonder what Carney and other “staff” know, that other do not? If Carney wants to play the game, he better get his crap together.

upinak on May 5, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Funny that you should ask that question, d1carter. I was just about to post that Jarrett should be hauled before this Select Committee. She has too much power without having any accountability.

She is just like the ruthless John Podesta, who is most likely calling the shots for the administration to brazen out the Benghazi scandal.

Look at the latest stunt that Podesta is touting:
http://dailycaller.com/2014/05/05/podesta-congress-cant-stop-obama-on-global-warming/

onlineanalyst on May 5, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Jay Carney: I don’t know if we’ll cooperate with the Benghazi select committee

So what you are saying is the admin wants the Supreme Court to decide if it must cooperate.

Will the admin cooperate if the Supreme Court says it must?

farsighted on May 5, 2014 at 7:05 PM

nice shiny object

Eva D. Struktion on May 5, 2014 at 6:21 PM

F*ck off . You’re loathsome.

CW on May 5, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Can anyone name a single hearing or investigation to date that means a dang thing? Just one?

dddave

McCarthy hearing, where the Army witness asked whether McCarthy had any decency. That the pressies were opposed to McCarthy is what made that moment “sing.”

BD57 on May 5, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Carney just doesn’t seem to understand and Barack doesn’t want to acknowledge that Congress has oversight responsibility. Period. It isn’t up to Jay and Barack to decide if it’s legitimate, the law of the land makes it legitimate.

Wendya on May 5, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Oh look Delmonte actually responded without mentioning high school dropouts or assigning me an arbitrary grade! Who says you can’t teach an old, worm-ridden dog new tricks?

Valerie Jarrett on May 5, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Thanks for admitting you’re afraid to answer my “shiny objects” question.

F+

Del Dolemonte on May 5, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Don’t think of it as an investigation.

Think of it as a large scale, wide-ranging job performance appraisal.

Your job hinges on getting a good review or at least a middling one.

You are only worried if you are part of a Charlie-Foxtrot, because then you might get fired.

And that is the job of Congress, in a nutshell.

Goes with the whole ‘bag of mixed nuts’ metaphor.

ajacksonian on May 5, 2014 at 7:27 PM

So, let Fox News do a countdown, like the MSM does for things that hurt Republicans. “This is day 1 of the Democrats attempt to keep relevant information about Benghazi from the Select Committee in the House.”

bflat879 on May 5, 2014 at 7:32 PM

The Dem members of the House will boycott and several key officials involved will refuse to recognize the subpoenas and won’t testify. The House will vote to hold them in contempt, and Holder will do NOTHING.

andy sky on May 5, 2014 at 7:47 PM

It’s good to be Fuhrer.

VorDaj on May 5, 2014 at 3:39 PM

This, basically.

Dear Leader ignores the Legislature when he wants, ignores whatever laws he does not like, and makes new laws with the stroke of pen. New laws like “all health insurance policies must cover contraception”, and like new bankruptcy laws for Government Motors.

His SA is basically the MSM, the IRS, and the assorted other government agencies Boss Obama can sic on his political enemies.

Which is why Foxnews gets under his thin skin. He can’t touch them.

farsighted on May 5, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Let me translate what Jay Carney said: We will continue to lie, obfuscate and delay just as we always have.

sadatoni on May 5, 2014 at 8:34 PM

I heard that this was heard during a recent WH political planning session…

“OK, guys and gals. We need to prove that we are not hiding anything, so we are going to hide everything. Any questions?”

crickets.

WestTexasBirdDog on May 5, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Who says you can’t teach an old, worm-ridden dog new tricks?

Eva D. Struktion on May 5, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Summer’s Eve come on; try a tad harder. Honest, you can do better…..right?

HonestLib on May 5, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Thanks for admitting you’re afraid to answer my “shiny objects” question.

F+

Del Dolemonte on May 5, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Del, if I may. It is not that some folks don’t see that four good guys died. They do not care. My sunny side up is starting to turn to burnt toast.

HonestLib on May 5, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Business as usual fr The One. The media is too fr invested in him AND Hillary to allow anything truly threatening to get too far through to the general population. Oh look… Michelle is on the cover of Redbook and Barack was funny on Entertainment Tonight…. this county would be so not-racist if it weren’t for those horrible republicans.

MT on May 5, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Tray Gowdy making them sweat good times,good times! :)

sorrowen on May 5, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Trey = pit bull

Unleash the Trey!!!!

Conservchik on May 5, 2014 at 9:24 PM

Indeed. Because Lord knows, that’s the way people with nothing to hide respond!

deadrody on May 5, 2014 at 9:28 PM

We are beset with leaders who have betrayed us for their own careers. Boehner, McLame, Grahamnesty, Flake, and the list goes on.

I still have faith in leaders like Trey Gowdy, Ted Cruz, Scott Walker and Bobby Jindal. I hope the day never comes when I have no more faith in anyone in office.

Conservchik on May 5, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Would Boehner go ahead with this if they didn’t already have the goods and risk a political disaster? He has refused to empanel a select committee until now.

He’s a squish, but he values his own backside. Further, he just set Trey Gowdy to run it.

Ok Dems. Sit it out.

dogsoldier on May 5, 2014 at 3:36 PM

I agree with this completely. Gowdy told Greta they have proof of Dem obstruction. I think Boehner’s too cautious to have made this move without an airtight case. My popcorn is popping already.

non-nonpartisan on May 5, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Why doesn’t someone with a SET, DEMAND a Special Prosecutor
for Benghazi?? If the Dem’s Bi*ch, simply bring up the
Plame case.

ToddPA on May 5, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Why don’t you people ever assume that the problem is that the GOP actually doesn’t have anything on Benghazi, or else they’d be playing a stronger hand. Why you would prefer to assume that they are incompetent is beyond me.

libfreeordie on May 5, 2014 at 9:45 PM

11m
FAA confirms U-2 plane caused last week’s air-traffic computer outage over western states – @WSJ
read more on online.wsj.com

U-2 plane? We are still flying those olde birds?

Murphy9 on May 5, 2014 at 9:48 PM

non-nonpartisan

I just noticed this. Do you know libfreesMom?

farsighted on May 5, 2014 at 9:50 PM

non-nonpartisan

I just noticed this. Do you know libfreesMom?

farsighted on May 5, 2014 at 9:50 PM

We also have a new poster named ‘libby’s cooter’.

slickwillie2001 on May 5, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Why don’t you people
libfreeordie on May 5, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Libster, the mask is off. What type of folks call others “you people”?

Dude?

HonestLib on May 5, 2014 at 9:59 PM

I just noticed this. Do you know libfreesMom?

farsighted on May 5, 2014 at 9:50 PM

Yes. We’re neighbors, and good friends. And libfreesMom just pointed out to me that her little one is being obtuse again. Like that’s news!

Why don’t you people ever assume that the problem is that the GOP actually doesn’t have anything on Benghazi, or else they’d be playing a stronger hand. Why you would prefer to assume that they are incompetent is beyond me.

libfreeordie on May 5, 2014 at 9:45 PM

We all realize this is “beyond” a drooling idiot like libfree. Little libfree thinks he so insightful and clever, but really we’re all shaking our heads and laughing at him. libfreesMom told me that little libfree is good friends with weedisgood. That makes sense.

non-nonpartisan on May 5, 2014 at 10:01 PM

non-nonpartisan on May 5, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Have to admit that ole’ Lobster Bait is correct. There is a problem in the GOP. Bad, point….just wanted to type Lobster Bait.

HonestLib on May 5, 2014 at 10:08 PM

We also have a new poster named ‘libby’s cooter’.

slickwillie2001 on May 5, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Dukes of Hazzard.

HonestLib on May 5, 2014 at 10:14 PM

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