“GOP lands no clear punches” wails the Washington Post.
Nine hours after it began, a House committee’s questioning of Hillary Rodham Clinton has provided few new details about the 2012 attacks on American installations in Benghazi, Libya – and, so far, no clear victory for Republicans seeking to trap Clinton in an admission of bad judgment.
I beg to differ. There were a few really important events. Here’s what I found significant about the Hillary Clinton Benghazi hearing today.
Hillary Clinton is a proven liar.
On the might of the attack Clinton sent an email to her family notifying them that an Al Qaeda affiliate attacked the compound in Benghazi.
On the night of the attack she called the Egyptian Prime Minister:
The night of the attack, Clinton also called the prime minister of Libya, explaining that Ansar al-Sharia had claimed responsibility. And in a call with Egyptian prime minister Hisham Kandil, Clinton deliberately rejected the video idea. “We know the attack had nothing to do with the film,” she says. “It was a planned attack, not a protest . . . Based on the information we saw today, we believe that the group that claimed responsibility for this was affiliated with al-Qaeda.”
“It was a planned attack, not a protest…”
Despite that, she and the rest of the Obama regime went out and for weeks insisted the attack was instigated by a video. Then later Clinton had the audacity to assert that everyone else is underestimating the video that had nothing to do with the attack on the consulate.
The other thing I found really telling was that Clinton’s good friend Chris Stevens did not have her personal email while Sid Blumenthal did. Even Joe Wilson had Clinton’s personal email. But not Chris Stevens.
Clinton claimed to have spoken to Stevens but she had no idea when that might have happened.
“Did you ever talk to Ambassador Stevens when all of this was going on in the hotbed of Libya?” Indiana Rep. Susan Brooks asked. “That is a yes or no question, Madam Secretary. Did you ever personally speak to [Ambassador Stevens] after you swore him in in May ? Yes or no, please.”
“Yes, I believe I did,” Clinton said.
“And when was that?” asked Brooks.
“I don’t recall,” Clinton responded.
Not even on the night of the attack. I guess he didn’t have her phone number either. Her good friend in a hot zone, having requested additional security and having it denied, could not reach Hillary Clinton- her boss.
Despite that, Clinton clearly is of the opinion she’s done nothing wrong.
These are not inconsequential details. They speak to a dishonest and untrustworthy person. She was willing to go out and stand by the lie this execrable regime was promoting. Had she been willing to admit the truth and refuse to join in the lie, she would have been a folk hero- but no.
When it comes to integrity, Clinton and Obama are four quarts short of a gallon.
I waited for it but no one asked. Hopefully it will be campaign fodder.
Why did you choose to go along with the lie being foisted on the American people?
Clinton testified: “I still believe the video played a role.”
Yet as noted above she told the Egyptian Prime Minister “We know the attack had nothing to do with the film.”
So she got to lie directly to the committee and no one called her on it.