Thursday, October 22, 2015
Just catching up on Hillary Clinton's testimony before the Benghazi select committee today. They are currently on the mid-day break. Two things of note: Mike Pompeo (R-KS) was questioning her on the hundreds of requests for more security coming from Ambassador Stevens and the Libyan mission. She maintains that those requests never reached her desk and were handled by career professionals (Patrick Kennedy and Charlene Lamb). In addition, Jim Jordan (R-OH) questioned her about newly discovered emails that she sent to her family on the night of the Benghazi attack and to the Egyptian prime minister the next day saying that the mission was attacked by terrorists. In her message to the Egyptian prime minister, Clinton refuted any claims that the attack was related to a video mocking the Prophet Mohammad.
Yet, the video story was pushed by Clinton, Susan Rice and the Obama administration for several days to the public and the victims' families.
* Update: Trey Gowdy (R-SC) just pointed out to Hillary that Huma Abedin had sent her an email in which she said the Libyan people needed medicine, gasoline, diesel and milk. Clinton responded to that within 4 minutes. Why could Ambassador Stevens not get a response for security?
"He did not ask for security from me. He corresponded with the professionals."
Gowdy is pointing out that certain people (like Sid Blumenthal) got direct access to her but not Stevens.
Clinton has also testified that Stevens did not have her personal email address.
The Democrats are simply running interference for Clinton and criticizing the Republicans' line of questioning. They and Hillary are stressing the line that Stevens knew Libya and Benghazi were dangerous and that he was a strong advocate for maintaining US presence in Libya.
So what? The point is that he was asking for increased security, which he never got. One thing that has come out is that they were having to buy barricades from a British consulate "fire sale" because the Brits were pulling out.
The Dems are accusing the Republicans of trying to prosecute Clinton. Yet they are making no mention of the FBI investigation into the emails. Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) is making a speech rather than asking questions (12:05 PST) as Hillary smiles. Not one question.
Then Elijah Cummings (D-MD) used his time to give Clinton a chance to recount the heroic actions of the Americans who died in Benghazi. This was clearly planned.
When Democrats are speaking she is all warm and smiley. When Republicans are asking questions, she is sullen, arrogant and dismissive.
(12:30 PST) I need to break off watching her testimony for work.)