Hil on the grill: Benghazi committee demands Clinton testify on emails

Hil on the grill: Benghazi committee demands Clinton testify on emails

– The Washington Times – Updated: 1:36 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Benghazi investigative committee on Tuesday formally requested former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton give a transcribed interview detailing her decision-making in determining which emails she turned over to the government and why she wiped her email server clean.

Chairman Trey Gowdy said Mrs. Clinton’s “unique arrangement with herself” — in which she claimed complete control of government business emails — needs to be explained, and nobody other than Mrs. Clinton can do that.

The interview would be behind closed doors, but would be part of the committee investigation’s record. A public hearing would follow eventually, once the select investigative committee has gathered all of the documents it believes it needs, said Mr. Gowdy, South Carolina Republican, in a letter to Mrs. Clinton’s lawyer.

“We continue to believe Secretary Clinton’s email arrangement with herself is highly unusual, if not unprecedented,” he said. “The decision to delete these records during the pendency of a congressional investigation only exacerbates our need to better understand what the secretary did, when she did it, and why she did it. While she has cited a variety of justifications for this arrangement, many questions and details about the arrangement remain unanswered.”

Mr. Gowdy said the questions include why Mrs. Clinton refused a government-issued account and set up her own account and server; why she kept the emails herself rather than turning them over to the State Department when she left office in early 2013; and how she decided which of the 62,000 emails from her time in office she would delete, and which she would turn over.

The chairman also pointedly made clear that since the emails are under committee investigation, any action to destroy them would be illegal. He said that’s why Mrs. Clinton must turn her server over to a neutral third party — a request Mrs. Clinton’s team has rejected, saying she has already complied with the law

Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said Mrs. Clinton looks forward to a public hearing, but he didn’t address Mr. Gowdy’s request for a transcribed interview.

“Secretary Clinton already told the committee months ago that she was ready to appear at a public hearing. It is by their choice that hasn’t happened,” Mr. Merrill said. “To be clear, she remains ready to appear at a hearing open to the American public.”

Mrs. Clinton said she used an email server she set up at her home in New York, and issued herself her own email address, because she wanted to use a single device and account for both personal and private mail. She has said she determined about 30,000 of her 62,000 emails from her time in office were government-related, and in December 2014 — nearly two years after she left office — she turned those over to the State Department, after prodding by the Benghazi committee.

The emails she turned over amounted to 55,000 pages, and the State Department said this week it will take several more months to process those, since it needs to scan them to create digital files, and then needs to run them by experts to see what can be released publicly.

In a court filing this week the Obama administration said it wants to rush production of all of those emails online, and rejected a request from a conservative legal group, Judicial Watch, for quick turnaround on an open-records request.

But the State Department didn’t apply that to all requests. The Associated Press reported Tuesday morning that the department had released four of Mrs. Clinton’s emails to the news organization — including one that showed Mrs. Clinton used an iPad in addition to her mobile phone for sending emails.

That contradicts one of Mrs. Clinton’s justifications for having a single account. The former first lady and potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate had told reporters in early March that she didn’t want to carry multiple devices.

Judicial Watch has multiple outstanding requests for Clinton emails and its president, Tom Fitton, said the State Department has searched Mrs. Clinton’s emails in one of those requests and will divulge the results to the group on April 2.

“It is not a matter of playing favorites, it is a matter of further harming [through delay] our right to know under the Freedom of Information Act, which the agency has trashed,” Mr. Fitton said.

IT SEEMS H.CLINTON HAS SOMETHING TO HIDE ABOUT THE BENGHAZIGATE:Hillary Clinton wiped email server clean, refuses to turn it over

IT SEEMS H.CLINTON HAS SOMETHING TO HIDE ABOUT THE BENGHAZIGATE:Hillary Clinton wiped email server clean, refuses to turn it over

Isn’t this grand? Mrs. Clinton is above the law! She is even above the President… she is the Queen of Murder Inc. we know for a fact that anyone who has something to say against Hillary ends up dead…we are still counting the bodies from her early age but the last people to see her might and above the law is the LATE AMBASSADOR STEVENS AND THREE MORE AMERICANS WHO DIED WHILE PROTECTING THEIR AMBASSADOR. Not that I shed any tears for the Ambassador as he was a well-trained CIA and due to him and his cronies like Clinton/Obama/Breenan have LIBYAN BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS. The other 3 people who tried to save Stevens lost their lives in vain and now you have Clinton throwing a tantrum like a spoiled little child and refusing to hand over her email server to the Benghazi committee again I say isn’t that grand?

Below I will post you the article from Washington Times so you can vote Clinton for your new president in 2016 who by the way is funded by all the TERRORIST FRACTIONS OF AL QAEDA, ISIS/DAESH who are under the Saudis and Qatari’s…

If you vote for her it will be the END OF AMERICA she will put the last nail on the coffin finishing off what Obama has left for her….

Hillary Clinton who is a SAINT trying her best to secure the Americans from Terrorist........ what an  irony....

Hillary Clinton who is a SAINT trying her best to secure the Americans from Terrorist…….. what an irony….

– The Washington Times – Friday, March 27, 2015

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has refused to turn her email server over to an independent third party and claims she has wiped the server clean, dealing a setback to the special investigative committee looking into the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack, the probe said late Friday.

Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy said the whole House will have to decide what the next steps are in the push to pry information from Mrs. Clinton, but said she will likely have to appear and testify on her decision-making about her emails, setting up another dramatic showdown between the former first lady and her congressional critics.

“Not only was the secretary the sole arbiter of what was a public record, she also summarily decided to delete all emails from her server ensuring no one could check behind her analysis in the public interest,” Mr. Gowdy said in a statement excoriating Mrs. Clinton’s actions.

Mr. Gowdy said Mrs. Clinton’s response to his subpoena was to re-transmit several hundred pages of emails that the State Department has already turned over.

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the top Democrat on the Benghazi probe, said that proves Mrs. Clinton has already produced all of her official records concerning the terrorist attack.

“It is time for the committee to stop this political charade and instead make these documents public and schedule Secretary Clinton’s public testimony now,” he said.

Mrs. Clinton said at a press conference earlier this month that she culled through more than 60,000 emails from her time as secretary and decided about 30,000 of them were public records that should have been maintained. She said the rest were private messages relating to her daughter’s wedding or her yoga class schedule, and she didn’t keep those.

But Mr. Gowdy said Mrs. Clinton’s lawyers informed him Friday that she “unilaterally decided to wipe her server clean and permanently delete all emails” from it.

He said it wasn’t clear when Mrs. Clinton made the final decision, but he said it appeared to have happened after the State Department asked her to turn over her government business messages in late October.

Mrs. Clinton rejected use of a government-issued email account during her four years as secretary, first relying on an account she used while a senator and then later setting up an email server at her home in New York and using an account on that to conduct all of her business, both public and private.

She insists she followed the law, which at the time didn’t require officials to use government-issued accounts but did require them to turn over all official records to be stored. Mrs. Clinton didn’t turn over those records until last December, after the Benghazi probe noticed she had used a private email and requested those records from the State Department, which then asked Mrs. Clinton for them. The law doesn’t set a date for turning over records.

Open-records experts, however, question Mrs. Clinton’s designation of her server as private, saying it was set up in order to do government business, and so it and the emails on it arguably belong to the government.

Mrs. Clinton’s email practices have put the Obama administration in a difficult position. Obama lawyers have admitted in federal court that for years, they were not correctly performing open-records searches because they didn’t have her emails, but they say they are unilaterally going back and doing those searches now.

Untold History of the United States: Bush, Obama and the age of terror

Untold History of the United States: Bush, Obama and the age of terror

Bush, Obama and the Age of Terror is the concluding episode of Oliver Stone’s brilliant 10-part documentary: The Untold History of the United States.

Benghazi committee officially requests Clinton surrender her email server

Benghazi committee officially requests Clinton surrender her email server

Hillary Clinton who is a SAINT trying her best to secure the Americans from Terrorist........ what an  irony....

Hillary Clinton who is a SAINT trying her best to secure the Americans from Terrorist…….. what an irony….

– The Washington Times

The committee investigating Benghazi formally requested Friday that Hillary Rodham Clinton turn her email server over to an independent third party so it can be scrutinized to determine whether she and the Obama administration complied with open-records laws.

Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy sent a letter to the former secretary of state’s personal lawyer making the request, which he said only comes after “exhaustive efforts” to get a look at her communications during the time of the 2012 terrorist attack on the diplomatic post in Libya’s second-largest city.

“Though Secretary Clinton alone is responsible for causing this issue, she alone does not get to determine its outcome,” the South Carolina Republican said.

Mrs. Clinton earlier this month admitted she refused to use an official government-issued email account and instead conducted government business on a personal account she set up on a server she controlled out of her New York home.

She has asserted she complied with the law by hoping her emails were being cataloged based on whom she was mailing, and by late last year — nearly two years after she left office — turning over about 30,000 emails she retroactively deemed to be government business. She said she did not turn over about 32,000 other messages she deemed private.

Mrs. Clinton has previously rejected turning her email server over to someone else, saying she believes the law gives her final say on what emails should be deemed public.

Mr. Gowdy has said Mrs. Clinton could turn her server over to a retired federal judge, an inspector general or some other third party with a professional reputation for even-handedness.

Mrs. Clinton’s office didn’t respond to a request for comment Friday, but a Democratic member of the Benghazi probe committee said he was “deeply troubled” by Mr. Gowdy’s move.

Rep. Adam Schiff, California Democrat, said Mrs. Clinton has already turned her emails over to the State Department, which has released the Benghazi-related ones to the committee.

“None of them support the various conspiracy theories that have been advanced about the tragic death of four Americans on that terrible day. The secretary has urged the committee to make these public, and the chairman has refused,” Mr. Schiff said.

The congressman called the request to surrender the email server unprecedented and pointed to email troubles the Republican National Committee faced during President George W. Bush’s tenure. Mr. Schiff said Democrats, who controlled Congress at the time and led a probe into the RNC emails, worked with the party organization to make sure the emails were turned over and preserved.

“The GOP members of the Select Committee may think this is good presidential politics, but it is a terrible abuse of a taxpayer-funded committee that was supposed to investigate a tragedy in Benghazi,” Mr. Schiff said.

Obama, Clinton and Breenan Destroyed Libya

Obama, Clinton and Breenan Destroyed Libya

What they did to Libya is as bad as what Bush did to Iraq and Afghanistan. Together with Clinton and Breenan do not deserve a historical pass.

When Obama took office in 2009, Libya was under Muammar Gaddafi and the Libyan people were living in the highest standard in Africa.

Bush and Gaddafi had cut a deal to lift Western trade sanctions in exchange for Libya acknowledging and paying restitution for Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. In a rare triumph for Bush, Libya also agreed to give up its nuclear weapons research program. Libyan and Western analysts anticipated that Gaddafi’s government would be forced to accept liberal reforms, perhaps even free elections and rival political parties, in order to attract Western investment.

Libya in 2009 was prosperous. As citizens of a major oil- and natural gas-exporting nation, Libyans enjoyed high salaries, low living expenses, generous social benefits, not to mention law and order. It seems like a mirage today.

Looking back, many Libyans miss their former leader “Muammar Gaddafi inherited one of the poorest nations in Africa,” notes Garikai Chengu of the Du Bois Institute for African Research at Harvard University. “However, by the time he was assassinated, Libya was unquestionably Africa’s most prosperous nation. Libya had the highest GDP per capita and life expectancy in Africa and fewer people lived below the poverty line than in the Netherlands.”

Under Gaddafi life was better than than now. Women enjoyed more rights in Libya than in any other Arab country, particularly after the United States overthrew Saddam Hussein in Iraq. By regional standards, Libya was a relatively sweet place to live.

In February 2011, militant Islamists based in the eastern city of Benghazi launched an armed insurgency against Gaddafi’s central government in the capital of Tripoli. The rebels were linked to Clinton and Breenan which at that time he was an adviser to Obama. The Obama administration financed and trained the Benghazi-based rebels, knowingly that they had  close ties to Al Qaeda, were ideologically closer to the Free Syrian Army fighters who eventually metastasized into ISIS.

Within the CIA and Defense Departments, every one was sure who the insurgents were and what they wanted. Nonetheless the Obama administration covertly supplied them with at least $1 billion in cash and weapons. CIA agents and U.S. Special Forces served as “boots on the ground, “behind the scenes, the U.S. military played an indispensable role in the Libya campaign, deploying far more forces than the administration chose to advertise. And at NATO headquarters outside Brussels, the U.S. was intimately involved in all decisions about how the Libyan rebels should be supported as they rolled up control of cities and oil refineries and marched toward the capital, Tripoli.

Obama threw Gaddafi, whose regime was secular and by all accounts had been cooperative and held up his end of the deals with U.S., under the bus.

American forces jammed Libyan military communications. The U.S. fired missiles to intercept Libyan missiles fired at rebel targets. The U.S. led numerous airstrikes against units loyal to Gaddafi. U.S. intervention turned the tide in favor of the Benghazi-based rebels.

In October 2011, one of Obama’s killer robot drones participated in Gaddafi’s assassination. Game over.

Before invading Iraq, then Secretary of State Colin Powell warned Bush about his “Pottery Barn rule“: If you break it, you own it.

Obama has broken the hell out of Libya.

The New York Times now describes Libya as “veer[ing] toward complete chaos.”

In 2015, the UK Guardian reports, Libya is in danger of meeting the official international definition of a failed state: “Libya is wracked by violence, factionalism and political polarization – and by the growing menace of jihadi extremism. Two rival governments, parliaments, prime ministers and military forces claim legitimacy. One side is the Islamist-dominated Libya Dawn coalition holding captive the citizens in Tripoli, the capital. The other camp, House of Representatives (HoR), which is recognized internationally, is based in Tobruk and Bayda. Hundreds of rival militias exist across the country. In recent months the homegrown fighters of Ansar al-Sharia have been challenged by Islamic State (Isis), who released a video showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians. Oil production, the source of most state revenues, has declined massively. Cash is running out and basic services are facing collapse as the financial situation deteriorates. Hopes for change generated by the Arab spring and the demise of Gaddafi’s revolution have faded into despair and dysfunction.”

“Libya is falling apart. Politically, financially, the economic situation is disastrous,” says UN envoy Bernardino León.

To Obama’s credit, he admits that he screwed up in Libya. Unfortunately, he drew the wrong lesson. In 2014, he told an interviewer that a large ground invasion force might have helped Libya’s post-Gaddafi government succeeds. Because that worked so well in Iraq and Afghanistan. But if he really believes that, why doesn’t he order in the troops?

Obama’s real mistake was to depose of Gaddafi and allow him to be replaced by a bunch of crazy religious fundamentalist militias whose factionalism ensured they’d never be able to govern.

Bush committed this error in Iraq. Obama made it in Libya. Or is it? We know now that Obama and his crew had plans for Libya and that is to install by force the Muslim Brotherhood and allow Isis to train their terrorists. Breenan Deputy National Security Adviser of Obama’s and now the Head of CIA its been rumored that he converted to Islam Wahhabism,  Clinton’s aids are connected to Muslim Brotherhood one in particular is Huma Abedin whose mother Saleha Abedin is the leader of the sisters of Muslim Brotherhood.

Hillary at Dar al-Hekma University in 2010 with Sisterhood leader Saleha Abedin (left).  Huma (Saleha's daughter) and Hillary (right).

Hillary at Dar al-Hekma University in 2010 with Sisterhood leader Saleha Abedin (left). Huma Abedin (Saleha’s daughter) and Hillary (right).



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