This morning, House Speaker John Boehner announced the formation of a House Select Committee on Benghazi to investigate the Benghazi cover up. Unless you were at a fund raiser in Vegas or hanging out with the girls on The View, you know that the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya was attacked by terrorists on September 11, 2012 leaving four Americans dead. And, unless you’re a left wing zealot, you know that the Obama Administration embarked on the Benghazi cover up while the terrorist attack was still underway.
Speaker Boehner’s announcement of the formation of the House Select Committee on Benghazi is seen as a shift in his position. Addressing that point today, Boehner stated that “Americans learned this week that the Obama Administration is so intent on obstructing the truth about Benghazi that it is even willing to defy subpoenas issued by the standing committees of the People’s House. These revelations compel the House to take every possible action to ensure the American people have the truth about the terrorist attack on our consulate that killed four of our countrymen,” he said in a statement.
“In light of these new developments, the House will vote to establish a new select committee to investigate the attack, provide the necessary accountability, and ensure justice is finally served,” added Boehner.
Speaker Boehner has been under pressure from House Republicans to establish a House Select Committee on Benghazi to get to the bottom of the Benghazi cover-up for more than a year. Although Boehner has resisted, it has long been thought that he was on board with forming a select committee, provided something came to light that pointed to an Obama Administration cover up.
Something came to light this week evidencing the Benghazi cover up in the form of emails between senior White House officials that the White House was forced to release by court order, because of a lawsuit by Judicial Watch.
Republicans claimed those emails should have been released to Congress months ago, and Boehner commented that those concerns prompted him to rethink the need for a select committee.
The House Oversight Committee has been investigating the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi and subsequent cover up for 16 months. During the course of their investigation, the Oversight Committee requested and received documents from the White House, including hundreds of emails, but the emails in question were never produced by the Obama Administration.
The emails were finally obtained by Judicial Watch, a watchdog group that filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in June 2013 asking the Obama Administration to come clean about Benghazi. When the lawsuit forced the Obama administration to produce the emails, the Administration delivered them in a condition that was so blacked out, they were unrecognizable. Judicial Watch had to go back to court requesting a court order to force the Administration to produce the emails. A federal judge then issued a court order compelling the Obama Administration to turn over the emails.
The mere existence of these emails, which the Obama Administration had previously denied, proves that there is a Benghazi cover up being conducted by the Administration. The content of the emails further evidences the cover up and additionally provides insight into how Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and the administration decided to lie about what happened in Benghazi.
One of the emails, between senior White House adviser Ben Rhodes and several administration officials, discusses a “prep call” with then-UN ambassador Susan Rice, to prepare her to tell the story right when she appeared on the Sunday morning news shows. On September 16, five days after the Benghazi attack, Susan Rice appeared on five Sunday news shows and did exactly as Rhodes instructed her to do and lied, blaming the attack on an anti-Islam YouTube video.
The Rhodes email instructed Rice to emphasize the role of the YouTube video and downplay the Obama policy failure. This is clear evidence of just how the White House politicized the tragedy by lying.
Among the administration officials who received the Rhodes memo were White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, Deputy Press Secretary Joshua Earnest, then-White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, then-White House Deputy Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri, then-National Security Council Director of Communications Erin Pelton, Special Assistant to the Press Secretary Howli Ledbetter, and then-White House Senior Advisor and political strategist David Plouffe.
That Press Secretary Jay Carney was in the loop for all of the strategy emails about the Benghazi cover up is proof that Carney has gone to the podium and repeatedly lied to White House reporters for the last 16 months.
The Rhodes email also instructs recipients to portray Obama as “steady and statesmanlike” throughout the crisis. Another of the “Goals” of the public relations offensive upon which the administration embarked, Rhodes says, is “To reinforce the President and Administration’s strength and steadiness in dealing with difficult challenges.”
If the White House was telling the truth, and there was no cover up, why did the Obama Administration refuse to turn these emails over to Congress for the last 16 months? And, why did the White House subsequently black these emails out to make them unreadable before finally producing them to Judicial Watch? “This dismissiveness and evasion requires us to elevate the investigation to a new level,” Boehner said.
On the heels of those documents, the House Oversight Committee also announced Friday that it has issued a subpoena for Secretary of State John Kerry to testify at a May 21 hearing. The chairman of that committee has accused the administration of hiding records following an earlier subpoena. “The State Department’s response to the congressional investigation of the Benghazi attack has shown a disturbing disregard for the Department’s legal obligations to Congress,” Chairman Darrell Issa, Republican from California, wrote in a letter to Kerry.
He added: “Compliance with a subpoena for documents is not a game. Because your Department is failing to meet its legal obligations, I am issuing a new subpoena to compel you to appear before the Committee to answer questions about your agency’s response to the congressional investigation of the Benghazi attack.”
The committee is expected to be bipartisan, and FoxNews is reporting that Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy from South Carolina will likely chair the committee. Gowdy is a knowledgeable former prosecutor, so his appointment to chair the select committee is a strong signal that Boehner is serious.
The Benghazi cover up started on the evening of September 11 while the terrorist attack was still going on, during a telephone call between Obama and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Minutes after that phone call, Hillary Clinton initiated the Benghazi cover up by issuing a statement blaming the attack on a demonstration that never took place, in reaction to a YouTube video that no one in Libya ever saw.
Thanks to Ed Henry, Catherine Herridge, Mike Emanuel and FoxNews for keeping the Benghazi story alive for the last 18 months, despite being ridiculed by the White House and Congressional Democrats. Thanks to John Boehner for finally doing the right thing. And, special thanks to Judicial Watch.