House Report: No Benghazi Coverup. Republican Response? Broaden Investigation

BenghaziRepublican strategist Chris Ladd, writing about the missing story of the 2014 election at The Houston Chronicle on November 10, said,

This is an age built for Republican solutions. The global economy is undergoing a massive, accelerating transformation that promises massive new wealth and staggering challenges. We need heads-up, intelligent adaptations to capitalize on those challenges. Republicans, with their traditional leadership on commercial issues should be at the leading edge of planning to capitalize on this emerging environment.

You’d think the GOP “movers and shakers” would see this opportunity and jump at it. Who needs voter suppression, intimidation and disenfranchisement – or worries about immigrants – if you can provide solutions for the common weal?

But no, says Ladd:

“What are we getting from Republicans? Climate denial, theocracy, thinly veiled racism, paranoia, and Benghazi hearings. Lots and lots of hearings on Benghazi.”

Funny he should mention Benghazi.

The Associated Press reported yesterday that,

A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.

The U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence’s Investigative Report on the Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Facilities in Benghazi, Libya, September 11-12, 2012, says, in summary,

“The Committee finds that there was no intelligence failure prior to the attacks…the IC [Intelligence Community] did not have specific, tactical warning of the September 11 attacks” and that “The CIA only changed its assessment about a protest on September 24, 2012, when closed caption television footage became available on September 18, 2012 (two days after Ambassador Susan Rice spoke), and after the FBI began publishing its interviews with U.S. officials on the ground on September 22, 2012.”

Don’t expect any apologies to Susan Rice, however.

Finally, the Committee found no evidence that any officer was intimidated, wrongly forced to sign a nondisclosure agreement or otherwise kept from speaking to Congress, or polygraphed because of their presence in Benghazi.

This, we are told, “is meant to serve as the definitive House statement on the Intelligence Community’s activities before, during, and after the tragic events that caused the deaths of four brave Americans.”

In plain English and for the umpteenth time: No Benghazi scandal. None. Anywhere. As Bloomberg reported last night, Benghazi Coverup Claims Rejected in House Investigation.

Seems like just yesterday the New York Post was running the headline (May 3, 2014) Hillary Clinton should be worried as Benghazi coverup unravels, and Fox News was telling the world (September 17, 2014) ‘Incredibly serious’: Cover-up claims in spotlight ahead of Benghazi hearing.

And now, nothing. No coverup. No scandal. Definitive House statement.

Remember when Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) told Fox News just before Hillary Clinton testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, “The American people deserve answers, and we still are no closer to the truth”?

So what is the Republican response now that we have that truth?

Expand the investigation.

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing, "The Security Failures of Benghazi."
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing, “The Security Failures of Benghazi.”

That’s right. You heard me.

Fox News ignores the report’s main finding, that there is no Benghazi scandal to begin with, and tells us that,

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, said the current House investigation should be expanded.

“(Republican) Trey Gowdy and (Democrat) Elijah Cummings have done a good job,” he said. “I can’t imagine the U.S. Senate not wanting to be a part of a joint select committee. We’ll bootstrap to what you’ve done, but we want to be part of discussion,” Graham told Fox News. “What I would suggest to (incoming Senate majority leader) Mitch McConnell is to call up Speaker Boehner and say ‘Listen, we want to be part of this’.”

Right. We have the definitive House statement so now we should expand the investigation into the Senate as “part of a joint select committee.”

You remember back in November of 2012 when Harry Reid told John McCain, “I refuse to allow the Senate to be used as a venue for baseless partisan attacks”? Well guess what, the Senate is about to become the venue for baseless partisan attacks.

Fox has struck already, sticking to their bogus story that it was not until September 20 that “White House Spokesman Jay Carney told reporters, ‘It is, I think, self-evident that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack,’ when, in fact, President Obama took to the Rose Garden the next day to say that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack.

There was a famous moment in a presidential debate with Mitt Romney where this point was made:

ROMNEY: I think it’s interesting the president just said something which is that on the day after the attack, he went in the Rose Garden and said that this was an act of terror.

OBAMA: That’s what I said.

ROMNEY: I want to make sure we get that for the record, because it took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror.

CROWLEY: He did in fact, sir.

OBAMA: Can you say that a little louder, Candy?

CROWLEY: He — he did call it an act of terror.

Only at the very end of their coverage of the release of the intelligence committee’s report does Fox News mention, in an ‘oh, by the way’ moment, that there was no intelligence failure.

C’mon, you really didn’t expect Fox News, which invented the scandal out of whole cloth, and the Republicans who ran with it, to get control of both Houses of Congress and then walk away without the answer they want, did you?

After all, Hillary Clinton is still out there. Waiting. 2016 is coming. And as Chris Ladd says, “No Republican candidate has a credible shot at the White House in 2016, and the chance of the GOP holding the Senate for longer than two years is precisely zero.”

Cue the “Lots and lots of hearings on Benghazi.”

17 Replies to “House Report: No Benghazi Coverup. Republican Response? Broaden Investigation”

  1. It would be an informative but no doubt disheartening task to add it all up, wouldn’t it?

  2. I read that article earlier today and it gave me hope. I don’t know how Republicans think they can keep this Benghazi circus going, but I guess they’re going to try. Of course, if the MSM was doing its job, none of this would have gotten this far.

  3. As we all know, the phrases “Fox News report”, “Benghazi cover-up” and “absolute bullshit” are synonymous and completely interchangeable.

  4. When do we get to sue John Boehner for the waste of taxpayer dollars on Benghazi investigations and ACA repeal votes?

  5. At first I thought it was kind of silly to think we the people can do that but I started to think about it and it might have some merit. If we as citizens hire/vote for people to represent our interest then just maybe if enough us and I mean at least 75 to 100 million brought a class action suit then it might work. You have to believe there is some lawyer out there if he had the support would file suit only to become famous just by doing it.

    I can just imagine the late night commercials urging people to sign up for the suit.

  6. The MSM IS doing it’s job. You’re just working under a mistaken idea of what that job is. The MSM, all the major networks and news outlets are large, publicly traded corporations. Their job, and their allegiance, is to enrich their shareholders. Period. News reporting is nothing more than the venue they have to achieve profits. Fear sells. Sex sells. The truth is sometimes boring, and boring means lower ratings and therefore lower ad revenues. The CEO’s of the MSM are under no obligation to tell the whole truth, they are there to report what people want to hear. They are not part of the solution, they are part of the problem.

  7. 100% correct! Or as I like to say repub corp owned and repub corp board run. Considering that the repubs have pushed their lie of “liberal” coporate media, I find this ironic.

  8. Did you see Sen. Lindsey Graham on CNN this morning? On the one hand, he says he doesn’t want to impeach on taxpayer money, but he is not giving up on his pursuit of the kill Hillary quest, now history to everyone but this bitch.

  9. See the repukes know there are at least a million idiots out there who still believe Obama with Hillary wrapped around his leg personally led the attack. That means cash in their pockets. Times the million by 10 dollars a month then you are talking serious money. The sad thing is the marks cannot see this for themselves

  10. I did notice the CNN joke of a moderator did absolutely zero to push back on Graham and his childish statements about immigration and Benghazi.

  11. But this is the only stick they have to beat Hillary with; anything else is from 1992 and everyone’s sick of hearing it. See, if they don’t have Benghazi, they have to come right out and say a woman shouldn’t ever be president–and if they do that too much, Republican women will end up smiling and nodding–and voting for Hillary. Even Palin can only grit her teeth so much.

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