Secretary Hillary Clinton’s lawyer informed Republican conspiracy theorists also known as the Republican Party that she will not be playing their election conspiracy games.
Citing their request for her to appear on two separate occasions — once in May and once at a later to be determined date (aka, closer to the election cuz this is totes legit!) — in a letter to Rep. Trey Gowdy of the Select Committee on Benghazi, Clinton’s lawyer replied, “Respectfully, there is no basis, logic or precedent for your request.”
Instead of the two times Republicans requested, in what has been called out as an obvious election maneuver, Sec. Clinton will appear once, during the week of May 18th or later.
In other words — and these are my words, stop being a Republican witch hunter and finally at long last, f off. Figuratively speaking, of course.
Clinton’s lawyer pointed out that not only is this illogical, but she ALREADY did this and the questions have been asked and answered too many times to count:
The Democratic presidential candidate already obliterated the Republicans’ Benghazi stunts with a single letter, announcing that she wants to testify without delay. This was after Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) claimed that the Benghazi investigation was going to stretch into 2016 because Hillary Clinton and President Obama were refusing to turn over “the facts.”
Clinton has already testified for Republicans about the tragic evens in Benghazi. And even the Republicans who testified for the Republicans told the Republicans that there is no coverup. Naturally, instead of turning their attentions to the plight of the nation still reeling from the Bush recession, Republicans decided they just had to dig harder, on the taxpayer dime.
After all, Republicans have ads to cut against Hillary Clinton and this footage will be sliced and diced until she appears to be the devil. Republicans will then leak those parts to a willing press. Thanks, taxpayers!
Also, if Republicans can drag this out close to the election, they get free mainstream media coverage and given the media’s frothing hatred of all things Clinton, it would be full of innuendo and sneering contempt. Republicans will do this as they did it in the past, by keeping their Benghazi hearings closed and only leaking the portions they want the public to hear. Republicans refused to let the co-chairs of the Benghazi review testify in public, in spite of their requests to do so.
If Republicans just want the truth, why would they refuse to allow the testimony to be made in public? Well, probably because Co-Chair Pickering told MSNBC, “I believe, in fact, the Accountability Review Board did its work well. I think the notion of, quote, a cover-up has all the elements of Pulitzer Prize fiction attached to it.”
That was back in 2013. But Republicans are still going. The one place they aren’t looking, naturally, is at themselves, in spite of being told by Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) during a Benghazi hearing that if they wanted to know who was responsible for Benghazi, they should buy themselves a mirror, telling them they have:
“the audacity to come here” when the administration requested, for worldwide security, “$440 million more than you guys wanted to provide. And the answer is that you damn didn’t provide it! You REDUCED what the administration asked for to protect these people. Ask not who the guilty party is, it’s you! It is us. It is this committee, and the things that we insist that we need have to cost money.”
If anyone is waiting for the press or Republicans to question why this charade is going on still, many years after everyone realized there was no there there, don’t bother. This will be the shiny ball that replaces discussions about things like middle class jobs and wages for working families, because this is hot. It will sell. Wages for the working poor won’t sell like a fictional scandal.
But Sec. Clinton isn’t going to play along, so the press and the Republicans will be stuck with only one more Benghazi moment to really stick it to Clinton.
Instead of expecting accuracy, it’s best to head into these things betting on the craziest and most paranoid thing the press will say, based on an undisclosed Republican aide’s feelings about an event they didn’t witness. Naturally this source won’t be identified or even referenced as the actual source of the entire basis of the claim.
The circus is in town and Ms. Clinton is giving them the figurative finger they so richly deserve. Too bad she can’t issue them a bill on behalf of the taxpayers.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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