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Hillary May Not Testify On Benghazi Next Week

From an unquestioning Foreign Policy Magazine:

State Dept: Clinton may not testify on Benghazi next week

By Josh Rogin | December 13, 2012

The House and Senate foreign relations committees have already announced that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify on Benghazi next week, but the State Department said today that’s not a done deal.

If Hillary doesn’t testify next week, given Congress’s schedule, she might never testify while she is still Secretary Of State.

Moreover, the State Department may not even share the report of its own internal review on Benghazi with Congress, a top State Department official said today.

It’s that bad? Still, just try to imagine the uproar if these kind of stunts were pulled by a Republican administration.

Congress expects Clinton to testify Dec. 20 about the results of the Accountability Review Board, State’s internal review on the events leading up to and during the Sept. 11 attack… But the State Department said today that the work of the ARB, led by Tom Pickering and Adm. Mike Mullen, isn’t complete yet and so the State Department can’t confirm she will testify next week.

Though they are trying really really hard to get this done as quickly as possible, and before Hillary is no longer the Secretary Of State. (Sarcasm.)

"We ask our diplomats and development personnel to operate in some of the most dangerous places on the planet," Sen. John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said in a statement today announcing the hearing. "We owe it to them, and we owe it to the memory of Ambassador Chris Stevens and his three fellow Americans who lost their lives in Benghazi to get past the politics and focus on the substance of what happened and what it tells us about diplomatic security going forward."

We all know we can count on that bastion of integrity and wannabe Secretary Of State to get to the bottom of what happened in Benghazi. He would never try to whitewash things for Obama.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee has also already announced its Dec. 20 hearing featuring Clinton’s testimony. The title of the HFAC hearing is "Benghazi Attack, Part II: The Report of the Accountability Review Board"

But State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said today that the ARB is not complete, might not be complete by Dec. 20, and Clinton has not agreed to testify on Dec. 20.

"The Hill has talked about a planning date on the calendar. That presumes that the ARB is finished," Nuland said. "That’s dependent on all of the work getting done between now and then… The ARB is continuing to do its work, to my knowledge it has not yet completed its work."

Besides, now that Susan Rice has dropped out of consideration for Secretary Of State, there is no pressure. Benghazi will drop entirely out of the news. Unless there is another sex scandal.

So it can all be forgotten and the death of four Americans, including an Ambassador, will just be another footnote to Hillary’s brilliant career.

Clinton has agreed to brief the House and Senate foreign relations committees on how she interprets the ARB report, whenever it surfaces.

"After the ARB reports to the Secretary, then she will have consultations with Congress in terms of the conclusions that she draws about how we need to go forward from there," Nuland said. "I don’t have any dates to announce until we have firm dates on when the ARB is coming forward." …

It will probably be around the time that hell freezes over.

The Cable asked Nuland if the State Department will share the ARB with Congress at all. Nuland responded that they may not decide to give the actual report to Congress.

"The ARB’s responsibility is to brief the secretary. The secretary has said she will be transparent to Congress," Nuland said. "What is required, Josh, is that the secretary’s response to the ARB’s conclusions has to go to Congress within 90 days of her receiving the report."

And Congress has no right to this report. And the American people don’t have the right to know what happened.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, December 14th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Hillary May Not Testify On Benghazi Next Week”

  1. yadayada says:

    forgive my ignorance if I thought Congress has the authority to subpoena any American they choose in order to receive as accurate a testimony as possible. why do they need an interloper (regardless of her status or authority) to “interpret” the report?

    oh, sorry. I forgot I am living in Omerika.
    apparently even kongress doesn’t really care about Benghazi either.

    –don’t worry Amerika, this double blue ribbon committee over here will look into it, then they will report their opinions to this review board, who will in turn interpret that report to shrillary, who will (at some unknown point in time) then “have consultations with kongress” on “how she interprets the report” – “whenever it surfaces” – and then they can “draw conclusions” from her “interpretations” about “how [they can] go forward from there.”

    you see? it’s all taken care of.

  2. Tater Salad says:

    The following three articles will show America how the Obama regime works and how they delay and subvert the Benghazi killings with deceit and delays. Sec. of State Clinton is suppose to testify next week which would produce either of two scenarios. One….she tells the truth of the Benghazi killings and blows the lid off of the Obama regimes lies to America or………she delays her testimony until she leaves office and then becomes a private citizen. You be the judge!

    1. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/12/14/State-Dept-Digging-In-For-Bombshell-Benghazi-Revelations

    2. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CLINTON?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-12-15-12-28-49

    3. http://therealrevo.com/blog/?p=90018

    4. http://weaselzippers.us/2012/12/15/how-convenient-hillary-clinton-wont-testify-on-benghazi-after-suffering-a-concussion/

  3. canary says:

    I believe the only thing Congress will hear is that security has been increased and safer today than ever.

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