Kerry: Fine, Republicans, I’ll comply with your Benghazi subpoena

posted at 8:11 pm on May 6, 2014 by Allahpundit

Actually, the money line here is “I look forward to complying with whatever responsibilities we have,” which subtly raises the possibility of claiming executive privilege. If, constitutionally, they’re not required to comply then they don’t have any such responsibility. Does this sound like a man who’s eager to turn stuff over?

The secretary appeared to preemptively dismiss the questions raised about why an email from deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, not previously released but obtained by FOIA request and lawsuit by the conservative group Judicial Watch, had not been made public earlier. The White House has said that this email, which included talking points about violence linked to an anti-Islamic video, was not included in previous releases because Rhodes himself was not covered by the subpoenas.

“The fact is that documents require a legal process,” Kerry said.

Realistically, though, is there any way to claim privilege at this point without it looking impossibly shady? Kerry’s whole point is that they have nothing to hide, the proof of which is that they’ve already turned over thousands of documents and provided testimony, including some from Hillary Clinton. Hammering that point is key to their argument that this is another time-wasting Republican fishing expedition. If they suddenly clam up once a select committee gavels into session, it’ll have the appearance of a suspect demanding a lawyer just as the questions in his interrogation get tough. Why would you do that if you’re trying to convince the public that this is the mother of all nothingburgers? In fact, Kerry ended up saying, “I’ve guaranteed that we would cooperate in every single way. We have and we will.” That’s the smart play, provided there’s no smoking-gun document buried in the archives. The Benghazi saga is sufficiently convoluted by now that most low-information voters will zone out from the select committee, I suspect. No reason for the White House to risk waking them up by putting up an ostentatious fight over which documents it’s legally entitled to suppress.

How does “we’ll comply” fit with the idea of House Democrats possibly boycotting the committee, though? If it’s a kangaroo court that no one should take seriously, illegitimate to the point that Dems won’t even dignify it by participating, then why wouldn’t Kerry resist turning over documents? He might lose in court and it might backfire by looking suspiciously defensive, but if Democrats are serious about “controversializing” this process, they might as well go the whole nine yards.

Update: Pelosi’s demand for equal representation on the committee is denied.

House Republicans have decided the select committee to investigate the Benghazi terror attack will include seven Republicans and five Democrats, according to two senior House GOP leadership aides…

Earlier Tuesday, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi demanded it be evenly split between Republicans and Democrats.

Now that the committee’s structure has been decided, it’s unclear whether Democrats will participate.


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I’ll believe it when I see it.

Philly on May 6, 2014 at 8:13 PM

He’ll take great pleasure in blaming everything on Hillary.

myiq2xu on May 6, 2014 at 8:14 PM

As his face gets longer with each lie he spews forth.

8 weight on May 6, 2014 at 8:14 PM

“We’ll respond because we have absolutely nothing to hide whatsoever.”

Then why is the administration still lying?

forest on May 6, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Meet the Fall Guy….

Key West Reader on May 6, 2014 at 8:16 PM

I’m sure Sandy Burglar has cleaned up after Killery .

burrata on May 6, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Pelosi’s demand for equal representation on the committee is denied.

It practically was. 7-5? That’s pretty good representation for the minority party.

changer1701 on May 6, 2014 at 8:20 PM

Instead of taking the 5th, I expect John F’n Kerry to respond to every question with a screeching:

“What difference, at this point, do *I* make!”

ShainS on May 6, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Mash Potato face hates Americans that protect this country..

Electrongod on May 6, 2014 at 8:21 PM

“They gave me a hat… I have the hat to this day… I have the hat.”

d1carter on May 6, 2014 at 8:24 PM

Its all OK Lt. Kerry, look at it this way, the black hald of Obama is the part throwing your treasonus white ass under his over sized bus.

You had a 40 year run free from your real treason, so its all good.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 6, 2014 at 8:24 PM

Instead of taking the 5th, I expect John F’n Kerry to respond to every question with a screeching:

“What difference, at this point, do *I* make!”

ShainS on May 6, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Meh… maybe he’ll go overboard and say that the Republican Party is akin to the likes of Genghis Khan…

/Nothing can shock me any longer. Well, except lightning n stuff.

Key West Reader on May 6, 2014 at 8:24 PM

half

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 6, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Pelosi’s demand for equal representation on the committee is denied.

And she was so shocked, her face froze !

burrata on May 6, 2014 at 8:25 PM

They should pull Biden in with Boltneck… At least we could have a few laughs… (Two drink minimum of course)

luvntheBIGsites on May 6, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Perhaps Kerry is contemplating another run, and would like nothing better than to throw Hillary under the bus.

rbj on May 6, 2014 at 8:27 PM

All’s this little gofer will do is “Executive Privilage” to every important question. He will have John Podesta sitting just behind him with a string tied to this creeps jaw.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 6, 2014 at 8:29 PM

In fact, Kerry ended up saying, “I’ve guaranteed that we would cooperate in every single way. We have and we will.”

So he’ll be answering the question with what ?
” I don’t recall ”
or
” I wasn’t there ”
or
” I will not allow anyone to question Killery’s/my love for America /Israel ”
or
“The POTUS didn’t know ”
????

burrata on May 6, 2014 at 8:30 PM

ROTFLMAO… As if he legally has any choice at all.

oscarwilde on May 6, 2014 at 8:31 PM

I look forward to complying with whatever responsibilities we have,”

Heh.

CW on May 6, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Realistically, though, is there any way to claim privilege at this point without it looking impossibly shady?

Your kidding Allah. Right?

Since when has that POS in the White House cared about ‘looking shady’?

GarandFan on May 6, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Yep, he had better show, as he can visit Mexico some other time.

Amazingoly on May 6, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Where was he on the night of September 11, was he even privy to any details about what was transpiring or is he just being asked because he’s the current SOS?

scalleywag on May 6, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Nothing to hide? SoS Clinton only refused, what a dozen requests from her Ambassador for more security in the year leading up to the attack?

Nah, nothing to see here, move along…

Who is John Galt on May 6, 2014 at 8:34 PM

The bitch of it all is that Benghazi should have been Romney’s winner in 2012.

So to a certain degree, yes, “what difference, now, does it make?”

Who is John Galt on May 6, 2014 at 8:36 PM

“Fine, I’ll pretend I’m actually interested in accountability to the American people even though everyone in this administration hates them.”

Bishop on May 6, 2014 at 8:37 PM

I’m not even interested in what he has to say.

Get hillary on the stand under oath.

wolly4321 on May 6, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Previous comment apparently under further review, so here reworded:

The problem is, that Benghazi should have been Romney’s winner in 2012.

So yes, to a certain degree, “what difference, now, does it make?”

Who is John Galt on May 6, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Kerry is actually beautifully positioned to play The Statesman. He wasn’t SOS on 9/11. No botox off his nose if he releases documents that incriminate the ones in charge when he wasn’t. And if the process happens to topple the putative Democrat presidential nominee for 2016, well, what Statesman might that leave standing to run instead? And if his President invokes Executive Privilege so that he doesn’t have to release anything, that’s not Kerry’s doing, either. He’s got nothing to lose by cooperating with the Committee– and potentially a lot to gain. Nothing has defined Kerry as much as his ambition… and that weird Jenjis Khan speech. And his seared memory. I think he was a Vietnam war vet, too.

de rigueur on May 6, 2014 at 8:41 PM

“Not a smidgin of corruption”……

Tell that to the families of the dead…..

Under OWL..Barrack Hussein Obama

Electrongod on May 6, 2014 at 8:42 PM

AOL…not OWL….

:)

Electrongod on May 6, 2014 at 8:43 PM

The EPA will be the big boss man aka “Big Chief”, aka “Big Chicago Way Enforcement Operator” who will hand out the old dirty goverment blankets once they shut down the oil and gas operations and all’s ya got is the old dirty goverment blankets.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 6, 2014 at 8:43 PM

AWL…not AOL….

Electrongod on May 6, 2014 at 8:44 PM

And, this traitor expects that anyone should believe anything coming out of his botoxed mouth?

TXUS on May 6, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Like a typical DemocRat he promises to show up, but he’ll bump his head along the way, get an an nudism, & be hospitalized for 6 months.

RdLake on May 6, 2014 at 8:47 PM

de rigueur

Kerry has a fake DD-214, a fake Discharge that replaces his dishonorable discharge the Pres. Nixon gave him.

He will do as told and he is full into the commie way has always been a full commie, life long. Plus he wets his bed, life long.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 6, 2014 at 8:47 PM

As his face gets longer with each lie he spews forth.

8 weight on May 6, 2014 at 8:14 PM

At this rate he’ll be appointed Ambassador to Easter Island.

trubble on May 6, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Not even a smidgen, John?

“Don’t look in the trunk. There’s nothing in there, so don’t waste your time. Whatever you do, don’t look in the trunk.”

John the Libertarian on May 6, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Two Party Evil Money Cult.

Kerry is one of the worst usful fools.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 6, 2014 at 8:58 PM

John Kerry flat out lies, and no one in the media will call him out for it.

“The fact is that documents require a legal process,” Kerry said.

A preposterous lie. The Obama administration is making a mockery of the orderly release of documents. They could, and should, turn over all related documents without further delay and without redaction. They could have done so in the beginning, and would have if this were truly “the most transparent administration ever”.

Kerry can yap about all the hearings and documents, but Obama’s tools do not cooperate with investigators and I don’t care how many pages you claim to have submitted when they are either irrelevant chaff or redacted beyond usefulness. If the Obama administration would be forthcoming, none of this would be necessary.

They have chosen not to be forthcoming, the obvious inference being they have something to hide.

novaculus on May 6, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Kerry is actually beautifully positioned to play The Statesman. He wasn’t SOS on 9/11. No botox off his nose if he releases documents that incriminate the ones in charge when he wasn’t. And if the process happens to topple the putative Democrat presidential nominee for 2016, well, what Statesman might that leave standing to run instead? And if his President invokes Executive Privilege so that he doesn’t have to release anything, that’s not Kerry’s doing, either. He’s got nothing to lose by cooperating with the Committee– and potentially a lot to gain. Nothing has defined Kerry as much as his ambition… and that weird Jenjis Khan speech. And his seared memory. I think he was a Vietnam war vet, too.

de rigueur on May 6, 2014 at 8:41 PM

Wow, this is awesome De!

He could even fry The One and enhance his status as “the only one doing the right thing for the Country”.

Maybe we should quit giving him ideas…

Who is John Galt on May 6, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Hey Lurch……remember this line? “How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?” Think this nation is not asking the same question about Benghazi?

Rovin on May 6, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Then again, I’m sure those files were “lost” when Hillary left the DOS.

Who is John Galt on May 6, 2014 at 9:05 PM

…does Botox crack?

KOOLAID2 on May 6, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Kerry, Obama and the Clintons walk into a bar.

Who gets stiffed for the ticket?

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 6, 2014 at 9:10 PM

The bar owner.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 6, 2014 at 9:11 PM

If you have nothing to hide, what took so f…ing long?

Another Drew on May 6, 2014 at 9:18 PM

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 6, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Yes, he will. My only point is that he can do what he’s told without taking responsibility for it. Or he can cooperate with the Committee without taking responsibility for it. He’s very practiced at not taking responsibility for it. Kinda like his predecessor and current overlord.

de rigueur on May 6, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Maybe we should quit giving him ideas…

Who is John Galt on May 6, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Wish he’d run with yours! He’d be 4th in line!

de rigueur on May 6, 2014 at 9:23 PM

APACHEWHOKNOWS on May 6, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Dude, like, that was awesome!

But you should have let a few other comments in before giving the punch line.
‘Cause it, you know, makes you think.

AesopFan on May 6, 2014 at 9:26 PM

The 5 Dims are 4 too many.

We only need representation from 1 Dim on the committee. They’re all going to say and do the same thing anyway. Obstruct and defend the Regime at any cost. So really, any more than 1 is a complete waste of time.

Meople on May 6, 2014 at 9:48 PM

At this rate he’ll be appointed Ambassador to Easter Island.

trubble on May 6, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Nothing about Benghazi is humorous, but that comment was funny. I tip my hat to you.

jazzuscounty on May 6, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Only one mention of Hillary in the write up. She might be kind of important considered she was the SOS during Benghazi.

This will be like asking Kerry about what went wrong at Pearl Harbor or the sinking of The Maine.

Or, that’s what he’ll claim it’s similar to.

Ruckus_Tom on May 6, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Ruckus_Tom on May 6, 2014 at 10:01 PM

That or argue that he was in Cambodia at the time.

de rigueur on May 6, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

Oh, right! Remember that other dimocrat with really great hair … no, not John Edwards, that other one … Gary Hart!

Ha! Ha! Ha!

Remember when Hart told the press to go ahead, “follow me. I have nothing to hide.” Ha! Ha! Ha!

No monkey business there! Ha!Ha!Ha!

Trey Gowdy’s going to swift boat the whole lot of ‘em.

texacalirose on May 6, 2014 at 11:41 PM

I wonder if he will bring his typewriter and 8mm?

Sven on May 7, 2014 at 12:29 AM

I believe this response deals with a subpoena from Issa’s committee. The select committee has not yet been formed so how can this subpoena be from it?

xkaydet65 on May 7, 2014 at 12:39 AM

Remembering how Kerry was adamant that he’d release his military service record, then…ooops, years passed, being edited, being reviewed, soon, gonna happen, soon, still reviewing it…

Remembering how Kerry lapsed into ridicule often suggesting, implying, outright stating that Bush was “stupid” or not very smart or whatever similar, then, oops, someone finally got Kerry’s academic record released and his GPA was lower than Bush’s (Kerry, a C-student at best).

Lourdes on May 7, 2014 at 1:12 AM

Realistically, though, is there any way to claim privilege at this point without it looking impossibly shady?

Since when has this regime cared a whit about something looking shady??? Reality is what they say it is, the press repeats it and the LIVs believe it.

Why on earth does anyone believe these people will ever tell the truth – under oath, on the stand or not? These people are professional liars. With an agenda.

ghostwalker1 on May 7, 2014 at 4:10 AM

Weren’t the documents they handed over REDACTED and useless?

dogsoldier on May 7, 2014 at 5:31 AM

The late Pope John Paul II told his flock to call black, black, white, white and sin, sin, The diabolically-infused left has done just the opposite, while deceitfully calling what they do a good.

Don L on May 7, 2014 at 7:33 AM

Here’s the problem with Benghazi: There is no pot of Gold at the end of that rainbow.

Did Obama and the admin make up a lie about a video? Yes.

Did they run with it for 3 weeks knowing it couldn’t be true? Undoubtedly.

Is that a crime? Nope.

Even if there is a smoking(er) gun, nothing happens. Our only shot on this was the 3rd Debate that was specifically on foreign Policy. Remember? The one where Romney sat there like a Potato saying “Me too.”

There will be no Eureka moment where we suddenly “win” with Joe-Voter on this.

Skipity on May 7, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Reminds me of the old George Stephanopolis line (back when he actually was on the payroll of a Donk administration, not just the pro bono work he does now): “President Clinton has kept all the campaign promises he intends to.”

HornHiAceDeuce on May 7, 2014 at 8:32 AM