Speaker of the House John Boehner went off the rails today by putting on his tin foil hat and claiming that President Obama is making it impossible for Republicans to get to “the facts” on Benghazi.
I think the Benghazi Committee is doing fine work, and they’ve got a whole lot more work to do. They could clean this up a whole lot quicker if the administration and former Secretary Clinton were in a position to actually cooperate with the committee and turn over the type of information that we’ve been seeking for some time, but the administration has made it virtually impossible to get to the facts surrounding Benghazi, so when we have the facts, we’ll have the report.”
There have been seven previous Congressional investigations in Benghazi, and all have found no wrongdoing on the part of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, President Obama, and the White House. Boehner’s suggestion that the White House is witholding facts from Republicans is nothing more than blatant conspiracy mongering. Speaker Boehner wants the American people to believe that the truth is out there.
Speaker Boehner ignored the fact that a two-year investigation into Benghazi by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee found that the CIA and the military acted appropriately and that there was also no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.
Boehner was trying to blame former Sec. Clinton and President Obama for the obviously partisan timing behind the release of the report. The Gowdy led investigation into Benghazi was designed to impact the 2016 presidential election. It has always been a foregone conclusion that the latest investigation is nothing more than House Republicans trying to influence the 2016 election.
The idea that Hillary Clinton and the White House are hiding facts that seven previous Congressional investigations failed to uncover is flat out crazy. Boehner’s comments illustrate how desperate Republicans are to come up with something to stop Hillary Clinton.
If John Boehner has to sound like a mentally ill conspiracy theorist in order to attack Clinton and Obama, so be it.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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