The Republican Party’s scramble to find a new Speaker—the Orange Man is going on a long hiatus to fist pump the beat with Pauly D from Jersey Shore—has unearthed some very revealing information. Just last week, as the Republicans were courting Kevin McCarthy (an “educated man” that doesn’t know the difference between the words “band” and “ban”) to be Speaker, McCarthy appeared on Fox News and dropped the following bombshell:
“Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she’s untrustable. But no one would have known any of that had happened, had we not fought.”
Wait, what? So, Benghazi was nothing more than a political witch-hunt that pales in comparison to The Crucible? (Duh!) McCarthy just revealed the Republican Party’s true intentions behind the Benghazi non-scandal: construct a select committee on the Benghazi tragedy to derail Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential bid. These conniving little suckers have spent over $14 million dollars to discover nothing.
Check out these stats on the Benghazi Investigation:
1) Ten Congressional Committees have participated in the investigation.
2) There are 171 witnesses that have testified.
3) There are 10 published reports.
4) Fifty-four hours have been dedicated to public hearings.
5) Over 2,780 question have been asked.
6) There are 769 published pages on the Benghazi Tragedy.
But, despite all the taxpayer money spent trying to impede Clinton’s political momentum, there have been 0 investigations that have found any wrong doing relating to Benghazi and 0 investigations that have discovered intelligence failure. Those are the facts.
And then there are those “pesky” emails, which Republicans claim contains valuable information relating to the non-scandal in Benghazi. The assumption being: the classified emails that were found on her private server include a revelation that would highlight her failure as Secretary of State of preventing the tragedy in Benghazi. And while it’s true that the FBI is currently investigating the subject matter of the emails, this investigation shouldn’t presume guilt on her part. What kind of legal reasoning is that? Can you believe that some of these Republicans went to law school? (They probably attended Devry Law online.) What’s more, her use of a private server wasn’t technically illegal according to the Federal Records Act:
“A State Department spokeswoman says Hillary Clinton did not break any rules by relying solely on her personal email account. Federal law allows government officials to use personal email so long as relevant documents are preserved for history.”
The only time that it would have been illegal for Clinton to use her personal accounts was after the Federal Records Act was amended in 2014, which at the time of the change, she was no longer serving as Secretary of State. From a legal standpoint, Clinton didn’t violate the language of the statute.
On the heels of McCarthy’s statement, Democrats on the Select Committee sent a scathing letter on the Benghazi investigation directly to Republican Trey Gowdy, who is commonly known as the Benghazi ringleader. The letter itself casts doubt on the intentions of the entire investigation as it presents compelling evidence that counters Republican Fox News talking points. For simplicity’s sake, let’s go over the key aspects of the letter one by one.
Republican Claim #1: Nine-hour interview with former State Department Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills was classified information.
After Cheryl Mills was interviewed, the Republicans committee members deemed the interview to be classified (even though Mills requested the interview to be unclassified at the beginning of the hearing). However, as soon as the interview had concluded, Republicans were cherry-picking pieces of Mill’s testimony to place guilt on the State Department’s response to Benghazi. And some even disclosed the classified details on national television. These same Republicans who have been calling out Clinton for sending classified documents on her private email sever, sent the classified Mill’s interview over a private server to the Democrats on the Select Committee. Talk about the dictionary definition of hypocrisy. Incidentally, the interview itself didn’t contain any specific details of a cover-up.
Republican Claim #2: State Department Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills was trying to alter Accountability Review Board’s (ARB) findings on Benghazi.
The Inspector General mentioned the following in regards to Cheryl Mills allegedly attempting to alter the trajectory of the investigation:
“ARB members were conscious of the need to protect their impartiality by limiting their contact with senior managers of the Department during the process. Former members unanimously told OIG team that the encountered no attempts to impede, influence, or interfere with their work at any time or on any level.”
It’s clear: Mills never interfered with the investigation. Furthermore, Ambassador Pickering, the chairman of the ARB, only further substantiated the Inspector General’s statement as he said that Mill’s didn’t once try to interfere with the investigation. Most important, Mill’s sworn testimony only corroborated what both the Inspector General and Ambassador Pickering said:
“Q: Did you ever, in the process, attempt to exert influence over the direction of the ARB’s investigation?
Republican claim #3: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to “stand down.”
This claim stems from Representative Jason Chaffez’s unsubstantiated assumption that Clinton told Panetta to stand down:
“The administration including (Defense) Secretary (Leon) Panetta were very crystal clear, there were no military assets, but I got to tell you, we had proximity, we had capability, we had four individuals in Libya armed, ready to go, dressed about to get into the car to go in the airport to go help their fellow countrymen who were dying and being killed and under attack in Benghazi and they were told to stand down.”
But this statement couldn’t be farther from the truth. After Ambassador Stevens and Officer Sean Smith were killed at the American Consulate around 9:45 PM, the remaining survivors drove a couple miles to a CIA annex at 11:30 PM. The seven-person security team from Tripoli that was sent couldn’t reach Benghazi until 5:00 AM, around the time of the second attack (where the other two victims were killed in a mortar attack). The stand down order— i.e., Col. Gibson’s decision not to fly his men stationed in Tripoli to Benghazi due to not receiving proper authorization—wasn’t even mentioned until around 5:30 AM, which was after the second attack. Meaning, had Col. Gibson commanded his personnel to board the plane, they wouldn’t have landed in Benghazi until 7:30 AM, more than 2 hours after the second and final attack.
In addition, an excerpt from the State Department’s press release said “We continue to believe that there was nothing this group could have done had they arrived in Benghazi, and they performed superbly in Tripoli.” This was because the team’s mission changed from defending the compound to evacuating it—the second team stationed in Tripoli played a vital role in helping the wounded victims upon arriving in Tripoli.
It’s key to note that Clinton never directed a stand down order. In actuality, according to Mill’s testimony, she wanted the Department of Defense to do whatever possible to secure the Americans trapped in Benghazi, and that included deploying military assets if necessitated.
Republican Claim #4: Clinton didn’t care about the lives lost in the Benghazi attack.
First of all, this is one of the most bogus claims as there was no way the Republicans on the Select Committee could properly gauge Clinton’s feelings for the victims as they weren’t present on the night of the attack, nor even in the following few days. Mill’s description of Clinton’s post-attack behavior was that of pain and devastation. Even more revealing, Mill’s said that Clinton “felt very strongly about claiming all of them [the victims], even at a time where there was ambiguity about how that should or shouldn’t be done, but also in honoring their service and what they had done.” Clinton not only felt immense compassion for the victims, but she wanted to do all that was possible to console the victims’ families in the following days after the gruesome attack—a promise that she followed through with.
Ultimately, Benghazi is nothing more than a political witch-hunt aimed at destroying Clinton’s chances at winning the White House. Politicians, like Daryl Issa and Trey Gowdy, are nothing more than two-bit charlatans who want to drum up Stupidparty support for a nonexistent conspiracy. These idiots are wasting tax payer money by concocting grandiose lies in a time where the United States is facing numerous pressing issues. You may be wondering, why does Gowdy have such a sick fascination with the political ambitions of Clinton? Well, that’s because his second largest contributors are the Kochroaches, who are intent on halting the Clinton political machine before the Democratic Primaries have even begun. This is a man who believes in the IRS conspiracy theory; and despite not having credible evidence proving the existence of a concerted effort to target conservative Super PACs asking for tax-exempt status, he continues to believe in this preposterous assumption. Apparently, a lack of evidence satisfies the burden of proof – a prime example of Stupidparty logic.
This is yet another example of the negative consequences of big money in politics—an environment where the ultra-rich flood the political system with financial contributions to favor their own selfish interests. The Kochroaches primary desire is to turn this country into a society similar to that shown in Mad Max Fury Road; a place where Ayn Rand’s dream civilization comes to fruition.
The shocking revelation by Kevin McCarthy, the man with a negative integer IQ (which is amazing considering that it’s not even possible—but there’s a first for everything, well, at the quantum level at least), naively uttered the true intention of the Select Committee on Benghazi. Kevin McCarthy’s decision to withdraw his candidacy for the Speakership due to outside pressure from angry conservatives, further highlights the Republican charade known as Benghazi. (Even worse for McCarthy, a conservative donor has exposed an alleged affair; this may be the end of this political career.) Thankfully, the Democrats released the letter on the Select Committee’s interview with Cheryl Mills, which was only the first step in disbanding the Committee; Democrats forced a vote on whether or not to keep funding the contemporary Salem witch-hunt. Let me be clear, if the Republican Party wants to save face, it would be wise for them to go along with the Democrat’s proposal. But, as we know, the Stupidparty prioritizes petty, unsubstantiated accusations over serving the best interest of the American people. Conspiracies are just so more exciting for tin foil hat wearers.
Hey Trey Gowdy, you lose sucka!