Just how many lies have the Obama administration told Congress and the American people about what happened at the U.S. State Department compound in Benghazi, Libya?
When asked by Congress if Hillary Clinton had any foreknowledge of the attack or indication that the Benghazi compound was in danger, Clinton’s response was that she had “no knowledge of any danger or an impending attack.” Yet recently released emails reveal that Ambassador Stevens had been warning Clinton of a growing danger and asking for more security. Even after the emails surfaced, Clinton continued to lie to Congress and the American people claiming that she knew nothing of Stevens’ emails and requests.
Thanks to the efforts of Judicial Watch (JW), more emails have surfaced exposing Clinton’s lies. JW uncovered an email chain:
“showing that Clinton slept late the Saturday after the Benghazi attack and missed a meeting that her staff had been trying to set up about sensitive intelligence issues.”
Other emails evidence Clinton’s approval of blaming an Internet video for the cause of the Benghazi attack.
JW successfully pushed for several court orders for the State Department to respond to two separate Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits related to Clinton Benghazi material. (The court orders are dated July 31, 2015, October 9, 2015, and October 20, 2015.) The documents were made public because JW’s litigation forced the State Department to conduct additional searches.
JW reported that it released a new Benghazi email from then-Department of Defense Chief of Staff Jeremy Bash to State Department leadership, in which he wrote, they could “immediately offer ‘forces that could move to Benghazi’ during the terrorist attack on the U.S. Special Mission Compound in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012.”
JW notes that “an email sent to top Department of State officials, at 7:19 p.m. ET, only hours after the attack had begun,” reveals what Bash wrote: “‘we have identified the forces that could move to Benghazi. They are spinning up as we speak.’”
Not only did the Obama administration know this at the time, but it also redacted the details, JW reports of “the military forces available, oddly citing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) exemption that allows the withholding of ‘deliberative process’ information.”
JW also mentions that:
“Bash’s email seems to directly contradict testimony given by then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta before the Senate Armed Services Committee in February 2013. Defending the Obama administration’s lack of military response to the nearly six-hour-long attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Panetta claimed that ‘time, distance, the lack of an adequate warning, events that moved very quickly on the ground prevented a more immediate response.’
“The first assault occurred at the main compound at about 9:40 pm local time – 3:40 p.m. ET in Washington, D.C. The second attack on a CIA annex 1.2 miles away began three hours later, at about 12 am local time the following morning – 6 p.m. ET.”
JW released the following email to the public:
“From: Bash, Jeremy CIV SD [REDACTED]
Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 7:19 PM
To: Sullivan, Jacob J; Sherman, Wendy R; Nides, Thomas R
Cc: Miller, James HON OSD POLICY; Wienefeld, James A ADM JSC VCJCS; Kelly, John LtGen SD; martin, dempsey [REDACTED]
“I just tried you on the phone but you were all in with S [apparent reference to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton].
“After consulting with General Dempsey, General Ham and the Joint Staff, we have identified the forces that could move to Benghazi. They are spinning up as we speak. They include a [REDACTED].
“Assuming Principals agree to deploy these elements, we will ask State to procure the approval from host nation. Please advise how you wish to convey that approval to us [REDACTED].
“JeremyJacob Sullivan was Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the time of the terrorist attack at Benghazi. Wendy Sherman was Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, the fourth-ranking official in the U.S. Department of State. Thomas Nides was the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources.”
The only true statement Clinton gave about Benghazi is that she should bear all of the responsibility since she was Secretary of State at the time. Yet she continues to deny, lie and fail to accept any responsibility for what happened at Benghazi.
There is no doubt that Hillary Clinton intentionally left four brave Americans to die at Benghazi for some warped political reason. If she is that heartless towards patriotic Americans serving our country against hostile enemy forces, how does she really feel about every day American citizens?