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No Benghazi Investigation Has Seen Hillary Clinton’s Email

March 4, 2015

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Benghazi on September 11, 2012. Four Americans, including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya were killed in the terrorist attack.

By Alexander Bolton and Martin Matishak

The revelation that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used a private email account for government business breathed new life Tuesday into a congressional investigation of Benghazi.

Republicans seized on the news to defend their probe of Clinton’s actions in the lead-up to and aftermath of the deadly 2012 attacks against the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said the development will likely require Clinton to make several appearances before the panel, possibly stretching the investigation into 2016.

“This revelation, which we have known about … may well lay the groundwork for additional conversations with the secretary in some setting or another,” Gowdy told reporters at a press conference.

GOP strategists say the new revelation ensures scrutiny of Clinton’s handling of Benghazi well into the presidential year.

“The bad news for Mrs. Clinton is it just raises all sorts of questions. What’s in those emails? Is this why they wanted to halt the Benghazi investigation?” said Vin Weber, a Republican strategist who advised Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.

“It’s hard to see how this comes to a quick, clean end,” Weber added. “I think it just drags on.”

Hillary Clinton at Benghazi hearing in Congress January 23, 2013

Clinton’s camp signaled it viewed the issue seriously by releasing two statements arguing that she had complied with the letter and spirit of the law.

“Like secretaries of State before her, she used her own email account when engaging with any department officials,” Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said. “For government business, she emailed them on their department accounts, with every expectation they would be retained.”

Clinton’s staff recently shared 55,000 pages of emails with the State Department in response to its request for records, but congressional investigators believe they withheld some documents, raising the possibility that material relevant to their investigation is being kept secret.

Republicans on both sides of the Capitol called for Clinton and her aides to turn over to Congress all private emails she sent and received through a private account during her tenure in the Obama administration, which lasted from 2009 to 2013.

“Our interest is in gaining access [to] all the documents,” Gowdy said. “We want her emails and her documents that are relevant to Benghazi.”

Gowdy said discovery of the private emails gives his panel new impetus to fulfill its task of reviewing all policies, activities and decisions that took place before, during and after the attacks.

“You cannot do that if you do not have all of the documents that would be in the care, custody or control of the Secretary of State at the time,” he said, noting that not even the State Department has access to these documents.

Gowdy declined to speculate on whether Clinton or her aides would face prosecution for not preserving emails on government servers as mandated by the Federal Records Act.

Democrats in recent months have called on Gowdy to wrap up his probe, arguing that all relevant questions about the attacks have been thoroughly reviewed.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), the ranking Democrat on the select committee, pushed back against Gowdy’s description of the private email account as a game-changer.

“It has been public for several years that Secretary Clinton used her personal email account, apparently following the pattern of previous secretaries of state,” he said in a statement. “Although Secretary Clinton has produced her emails to the State Department, it is unclear from press reports whether previous Secretaries have done the same.”

But Robert Gibbs, President Obama’s first press secretary, said on NBC’s “Today” that he did not understand why Clinton used her personal account exclusively while at State.

“I think it’s something they’re going to have to explain in good measure today and probably figure out how to get a lot of those emails, or as many as they can back into the archive,” he said.

He called the revelation “highly unusual” because the White House told employees they needed to preserve all of their emails on official accounts.

Gowdy said his committee would approach Clinton, her attorneys and her email providers to obtain the records. His panel plans to send out preservation letters this week instructing Clinton and her camp to preserve any emails that might be relevant to its examination.

The news prompted Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, to suggest he might join the effort to obtain Clinton’s correspondence.

“It’s certainly a violation of the code of conduct of people that are serving in government,” he said. “Obviously, we’re going to have to demand access to those quote ‘private’ emails. There’s no other way to approach it.  You need all full information about Benghazi.”

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FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2012 file photo, Libyan military guards check one of the U.S. consulate's burned buildings after a deadly attack on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 in Benghazi. Newly revealed testimony from top military commanders involved in the U.S. response to the Benghazi attacks suggests that the perpetrators of a second, dawn attack on a CIA complex probably were different from those who penetrated the U.S. diplomatic mission the evening before and set it ablaze, killing Ambassador Chris Stevens and another American. The second attack, which killed two security contractors, showed clear military training, retired Gen. Carter Ham told Congress in closed-door testimony. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon, File)

FILE – In this Sept. 14, 2012 file photo, Libyan military guards check one of the U.S. consulate’s burned buildings after a deadly attack on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 in Benghazi. Newly revealed testimony from top military commanders involved in the U.S. response to the Benghazi attacks suggests that the perpetrators of a second, dawn attack on a CIA complex probably were different from those who penetrated the U.S. diplomatic mission the evening before and set it ablaze, killing Ambassador Chris Stevens and another American. The second attack, which killed two security contractors, showed clear military training, retired Gen. Carter Ham told Congress in closed-door testimony. (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon, File) The Associated Press

Islamist militia enjoy the former U.S. Embassy pool in Libya, August 2014

Islamist Group That Killed Americans at Benghazi Blacklisted by U.N., Accused of Terrorism

November 21, 2014

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The CIA team charged with protecting the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya when it was attacked in 2012 say they were told to 'stand down' for half an hour by a CIA official after the attacks began

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday blacklisted two branches of the Islamist extremist group Ansar al-Sharia in Libya, which Washington says was behind the 2012 Benghazi attack that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

Ansar Al Sharia Benghazi and Ansar Al Sharia Derna, both associated with al Qaeda, were added to the al Qaeda sanctions list and will face an arms embargo and a global travel ban and asset freeze, U.N. diplomats said.

“Both groups are responsible for acts of terror in Libya, including bomb attacks, kidnappings, and murder,” British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a statement. Britain, France and the United States initiated the action.

Ansar Al-Sharia is one of a slew of violent political factions and tribal groups fighting for power since the government lost control of the capital, Tripoli.

The U.N. Security Council has had an arms embargo and other sanctions on Libya since 2011, when former leader Muammar Gaddafi cracked down on pro-democracy activists. Gaddafi was ousted from power and killed later that year.

Separate from the U.N. sanctions, the United States is also considering imposing sanctions on Libya’s militants to try to force leaders to negotiate and prevent the country from descending further into chaos.

(Reporting by Mirjam Donath; Edited by David Storey and Ken Wills)

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Militants in Benghazi Attack Tied to a Qaeda Affiliate

The New York Times

CAIRO — The Libyan militant group accused of leading the attack on the United States diplomatic mission in Benghazi two years ago had previously helped train a dozen fighters who went on to participate in a deadly attack on an Algerian gas plant, according to a United Nations Security Council document justifying new sanctions on the group, Ansar al-Shariah.

Later, in the year after the Benghazi attack, Ansar al-Shariah of Benghazi “also provided training and logistical support” to Al Qaeda’s North African affiliate, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the document states, and the Qaeda group in turn helped Ansar al-Shariah orchestrate suicide bombings at the end of 2013 and the following summer.

Witnesses in Benghazi as well as United States officials say that Ansar al-Shariah fighters played a major role in the assault on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, killing Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

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Benghazi documents scrubbed to protect Hillary: former official

September 16, 2014

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The CIA team charged with protecting the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya when it was attacked in 2012 say they were told to 'stand down' for half an hour by a CIA official after the attacks began

By Marisa Schultz

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton’s minions launched a weekend operation in the basement of the State Department to scrub damning documents related to the Benghazi attacks that killed a US Ambassador, a top former official has charged.

Then-Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell said he walked in uninvited to the Sunday afternoon scene a month after the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist strike to find several boxes of papers — and immediately asked an office director what was happening.

“She told me, ‘Ray, we are to go through these stacks and pull out anything that might put anybody in the [Near Eastern Affairs] front office or the seventh floor in a bad light,’” Maxwell told The Daily Signal, the news outlet for the conservative Heritage Foundation.

The seventh floor is where Clinton — then Secretary of State — and her top advisers had offices.

“I asked her, ‘But isn’t that unethical?’ She responded, ‘Ray, those are our orders.’ ”

The documents were due to be turned over to a review board investigating Benghazi.

Maxwell alleges two of Clinton’s closest confidants were on hand to check on the operation: Cheryl Mills and Jake Sullivan.

The State Department Monday denied Maxwell’s account and reiterated the review board had access to all documents.

“Any accounts to the contrary … are completely without merit, completely ill-informed,” said state department spokeswoman Marie Harf, noting the review board could collect documents directly from anyone in the department.

Maxwell was interviewed May 30, 2013, by the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, according a Democratic source on the committee.

“Maxwell did not raise this allegation with the congressional investigators despite multiple opportunities to do so,” the source said.

Maxwell, 58, was one of four officials forced out of the State Department immediately after the damning Accountability Review Board report revealed security lapses in the attacks that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and fellow Americans Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.

Maxwell was later reinstated and accused Clinton’s team of scapegoating him. He has since retired.

Attempts to reach Maxwell were not successful. But at least one congressman is vouching for his credibility.

“I have no reason not to believe his story,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) who met Maxwell and listened to his claims for more than an hour “a number of months ago.”

He believes Congress should hear from Maxwell as well as Mills and Sullivan.

Chaffetz didn’t make Maxwell’s claims public because “every time we learn something we don’t go out and have a press conference,” he said.

On Wednesday, the newly formed House Select Committee on Benghazi will hold its first public hearing. A committee spokeswoman says the panel intends to look into Maxwell’s claims.

Clinton’s spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.

Obama administration pressured Fox News to back off Benghazi reporting

September 8, 2014

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The CIA team charged with protecting the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya when it was attacked in 2012 say they were told to 'stand down' for half an hour by a CIA official after the attacks began

Men charged with protecting the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya when it was attacked in 2012 say they were told to delay their move to assist Ambassador Stevens and the other Americans who were ultimately killed. They say a CIA official told them to ‘wait” for 30 minutes before supporting the Americans who were under attack.

By Carol Brown

This past Friday, Greta Van Susteren reported on numerous ways the Obama administration has made it difficult for reporters to investigate Benghazi. Van Susteren said that it’s been “like pulling teeth” trying to get answers and that “the Obama administration’s behavior post-Benghazi has been weird; like they’re hiding something.”

She went on to say that as Fox News continued to investigate and press for answers, the administration’s behavior got “even weirder.” She noted two major press conferences – one with the State Department and one with the CIA – when Fox News was not invited. In addition, Van Susteren reported that she was contacted by someone from the administration who told her to dissuade Fox News reporter Jennifer Griffin from continuing to investigate after Griffin reported on the stand down order in Benghazi. Van Susteren said she “thought the call from the Obama administration was dirty.” Van Susteren further reported that “as recently as April, after the administration said it turned over all the information, an email surfaces that had been withheld in the face of repeated requests.” Needless to say, Van Susteren is highly suspicious about what is going on and what the administration is trying to hide.

 

It is glaringly obvious that this administration is extraordinarily secretive and manipulative when it comes to the press. The incident Van Susteren reported on is not the first time the administration has treated the media in a highly inappropriate way, nor is Fox News (though Fox is surely their favorite target) the only media outlet to be on the receiving end of deplorable treatment. I am, however, puzzled as to why Van Susteren is sharing this now, so many months after the fact. I say, expose the left at every turn. Do so in a timely fashion. And hammer away without relent.

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‘13 Hours,’ a book written by the five commandos that is due out this week, says the C.I.A chief had them wait in a car for 20 minutes while the attack took place about a mile away, according to The New York Times, which obtained a copy.

U.S. ambassador to Libya ‘would be alive today’ if CIA security team had not been ordered to ‘stand down’ from Benghazi rescue mission

September 5, 2014

‘13 Hours,’ a book written by the five commandos that is due out next week, says the C.I.A chief had them wait in a car for 20 minutes while the attack took place about a mile away, according to The New York Times, which obtained a copy.

‘13 Hours,’ a book written by the five commandos that is due out next week, says the C.I.A chief had them wait in a car for 20 minutes while the attack took place about a mile away, according to The New York Times, which obtained a copy.

The C.I.A. station chief, however, forced the men — all former members of the U.S. Special Forces who were hired as private consultants by the government — to “stand down,” the book said.

  • Ambassador Christopher Stevens killed during 2012 attack in Benghazi
  • Security team based less than a mile away but did not arrive for half an hour
  • New book claims commandos ordered to wait despite being ready to deploy
  • After half an hour the team disobeyed orders in order to help, they say
  • Team believe Stevens and second victim would be alive if they hadn’t waited

By Chris Pleasance for MailOnline

The security team charged with defending the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012 say they were told to ‘stand down’ for nearly half an hour after it was attacked, a new book reveals.

The team, who were stationed in a nearby CIA annex, allege that they were ready to go within five minutes of the attack starting but were ordered not to deploy by a top CIA chief.

Instead they waited in their vehicle before eventually ignoring their orders and moving into battle. By the time they arrived, ambassador Christopher Stevens was dead, along with American Sean Smith.

The team say if they had been allowed to deploy earlier, those men would still be alive.

The CIA team charged with protecting the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya when it was attacked in 2012 say they were told to 'stand down' for half an hour by a CIA official after the attacks began

The CIA team charged with protecting the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya when it was attacked in 2012 say they were told to ‘stand down’ for half an hour by a CIA official after the attacks began

The team say if they had been allowed to deploy immediately Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador, and American Sean Smith would not have been killed

The team say if they had been allowed to deploy immediately Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador, and American Sean Smith would not have been killed

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The team say if they had been allowed to deploy immediately Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador, and American Sean Smith would not have been killed

Speaking to Fox News, commando John Tiegen, said: ‘I strongly believe if we’d left immediately, they’d still be alive today.’

 

Christopher Stevens suffocated in the attack after the consulate compound was set alight

Christopher Stevens suffocated in the attack after the consulate compound was set alight

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In a new book called 13 Hours, Tiegen and four of his colleagues discuss what happened that night for the first time from a soldier’s perspective.

They say word of the attack first reached the CIA building at 9.30pm, and they got ready in such a hurry that one of the team forgot to put underwear on, while another was dressed in cargo shorts.

Christopher Stevens suffocated in the attack after the consulate compound was set alight

But as they climbed into their vehicle fully armed and ready to go, a commander identified only as ‘Bob’, told them to wait.

Tiegen recalls telling the commander, ‘Hey, we gotta go now! We’re losing the initiative!’ but was told ‘No, stand down, you need to wait,’ reports the New York Times.

According to the commandos, the chief later told them that Libyan militias were being called in, but the Libyan guards at the consulate compound deserted without firing a shot, and no other support ever came.

Eventually, the commandos received a radio message from the compound: ‘If you guys do not get here, we are going to die!’ At that point, in defiance of their orders, the men went to help.

At around 10.30pm the team made it into the compound and rounded up the surviving personnel before loading them into a convoy.

They were unable to find ambassador Stevens, who by that time had died from suffocation after the buildings had been set alight.

As the team moved out of the diplomatic compound their convoy was attacked, and once they were inside the CIA annex, that too became the target of rocket and small arms fire.

These patchy attacks went on for roughly 90 minutes as the commandos fought on-and-off battles with gunmen lurking in side streets and alleyways.

Around the same time, a CIA security team based in Tripoli, which included two U.S. military officers, landed at Benghazi airport.

In a new book, the security team say they were told three times not to deploy, before eventually ignoring their orders and driving to the beseiged compound

In a new book, the security team say they were told three times not to deploy, before eventually ignoring their orders and driving to the beseiged compound

The commandos say officials tried to bring in local Libyan militias to help, along with heavier weapons, but no meaningful support materialised until the next morning

The commandos say officials tried to bring in local Libyan militias to help, along with heavier weapons, but no meaningful support materialised until the next morning

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The commandos say officials tried to bring in local Libyan militias to help, along with heavier weapons, but no meaningful support materialised until the next morning

Not long before dawn, the reinforcements from Tripoli managed to take themselves and a convoy of vehicles to the CIA base to prepare for an evacuation.

Just after they arrived mortars began firing on the base, killing another two security officers after they took a direct hit from one of the shells.

It took until 5.30am, a full nine hours after the attack began, for Libyan security forces to arrive with heavy weapons.

A security services spokesman denied the claims, saying: ‘A prudent, fast attempt was made to rally local support for the rescue effort and secure heavier weapons.’

The official said ‘there was no second-guessing those decisions being made on the ground’ and ‘there were no orders to anybody to stand down in providing support.’

 

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Does the truth matter? Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, testifying before a congressional committee investigating the deaths of four Americans at Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012. This appears to be her testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on January 23, 2013. She said during Congressional testimony, “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

Benghazi: CIA chief reportedly stopped 5 American commandos from responding to attack

September 5, 2014

New Book ‘13 Hours,’  written by the five commandos that is due out next week, says the C.I.A chief had them wait in a car for 20 minutes while the attack took place about a mile away, according to The New York Times, which obtained a copy.

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Friday, September 5, 2014
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A CIA station chief reportedly stopped five American commandos from responding  to the attack on a U.S. diplomatic base in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012, it was reported Thursday. Pictured a  protester reacts as the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flames.
CIA station chief reportedly stopped five American commandos from responding  to the attack on a U.S. diplomatic base in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012, it was reported Thursday. Pictured a  protester reacts as the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flames. Photo credit ESAM OMRAN AL-FETORI/REUTERS

A C.I.A. station chief reportedly stopped five American commandos from responding immediately to the attack on a U.S. diplomatic base in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012 that left four Americans dead, it was reported Thursday.

“13 Hours,” a book written by the five commandos that is due out next week, says the C.I.A chief had them wait in a car for 20 minutes while the attack took place about a mile away, according to The New York Times, which obtained a copy .

Four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, were killed when terrorists stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012.

“If you guys do not get here, we are going to die!” a diplomatic security agent said over the radio to the commandos, according to The Times.

‘13 Hours,’ a book written by the five commandos that is due out next week, says the C.I.A chief had them wait in a car for 20 minutes while the attack took place about a mile away, according to The New York Times, which obtained a copy.

‘13 Hours,’ a book written by the five commandos that is due out next week, says the C.I.A chief had them wait in a car for 20 minutes while the attack took place about a mile away, according to The New York Times, which obtained a copy.

The C.I.A. station chief, however, forced the men — all former members of the U.S. Special Forces who were hired as private consultants by the government — to “stand down,” the book said.

“13 Hours” is the first account of the Benghazi attack to surface from witnesses to the event, which sparked a frenzy of criticism from conservatives who blamed President Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the deadly security breach.

The C.I.A. station chief, named “Bob,”was acting on his own orders, according to The Times. He wanted to wait for help from Libyan allies on the ground.

Four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens (pictured), were killed when terrorists stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

Four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens (pictured), were killed when terrorists stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Photo: Ben Curtis/AP

Ambassador Stevens and computer specialist Sean Smith died from smoke inhalation while waiting for help to arrive. Former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were killed when the commandos finally ignored “Bob’s” order and stormed the burning compound, The Times reported.

A senior intelligence official told The Times that “a prudent, fast attempt was made to rally local support for the rescue effort and secure heavier weapons.”

The official said “there were no orders to anybody to stand down in providing support,” according to the newspaper.

The five commandos who survived the rescue effort co-authored ‘13 Hours,’ with assistance from Mitchell Zuckoff, of Boston University.

The five commandos who survived the rescue effort co-authored ‘13 Hours,’ with assistance from Mitchell Zuckoff, of Boston University. Photo: © Esam Al-Fetori / Reuters/REUTERS

Two of the commandos opted to remain anonymous; the others are Mark Geist, Kris Paronto and John Tiegen.

The commandos, fully armed, waited in cargo vehicles for help from Libyan allies that never came, as hundreds of armed militants stormed the embassy and burned everything in sight. Photographs after the attack showed the sacked compound. There were bloody handprints staining its walls, and it was full of charred, smoldering rubble.

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New Book Says C.I.A. Official in Benghazi Held Up Rescue

The New York Times

Five commandos guarding the C.I.A. base in Benghazi, Libya, in September 2012 say that the C.I.A. station chief stopped them from interceding in time to save the lives of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and an American technician during the attack on the diplomatic mission there.

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The American Mission in Benghazi, Libya, during the 2012 attack. Five C.I.A. contractors who were nearby say they were told not to intervene. Credit Esam Omran Al-Fetori/Reuters

Obama’s Claim He Had “al Qaeda On The Run” Resulted in Benghazi “Coverup”, Journalist Edward Klein Says

June 22, 2014

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U.S. commandos and the FBI captured Ahmed Abu Khattala, said to be one of the masterminds behind the 2012 consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya

If the truth about Benghazi became known, it would blow that argument out of the water.

In his new book, “Blood Feud,” journalist Edward Klein gets inside the dysfunctional, jealous relationship between Bill and Hillary Clinton and Barack and Michelle Obama. Here, he explains what happened the night of the Benghazi attack.

By Edward Klein

By 10 p.m. on Sept. 11, 2012, when Hillary Clinton received a call from President Obama, she was one of the most thoroughly briefed officials in Washington on the unfolding disaster in Benghazi, Libya.

She knew that Ambassador Christopher Stevens and a communications operator were dead, and that the attackers had launched a well-coordinated mortar assault on the CIA annex, which would cost the lives of two more Americans. She had no doubt that a terrorist attack had been launched against America on the anniversary of 9/11.

However, when Hillary picked up the phone and heard Obama’s voice, she learned the president had other ideas in mind. With less than two months before Election Day, he was still boasting that he had al Qaeda on the run. If the truth about Benghazi became known, it would blow that argument out of the water.

“Hillary was stunned when she heard the president talk about the Benghazi attack,” one of her top legal advisers said in an interview. “Obama wanted her to say that the attack had been a spontaneous demonstration triggered by an obscure video on the Internet that demeaned the Prophet Mohammed.”

This adviser continued: “Hillary told Obama, ‘Mr. President, that story isn’t credible. Among other things, it ignores the fact that the attack occurred on 9/11.’ But the president was adamant. He said, ‘Hillary, I need you to put out a State Department release as soon as possible.’”

After her conversation with the president, Hillary called Bill Clinton, who was at his penthouse apartment in the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, and told him what Obama wanted her to do.

“I’m sick about it,” she said, according to the legal adviser, who was filled in on the conversation.

“That story won’t hold up,” Bill said.

“I know,” Hillary said. “I told the president that.”

“It’s an impossible story,” Bill said. “I can’t believe the president is claiming it wasn’t terrorism. Then again, maybe I can. It looks like Obama isn’t going to allow anyone to say that terrorism has occurred on his watch.”

Hillary’s legal adviser provided further detail:

“During their phone call, Bill started playing with various doomsday scenarios, up to and including the idea that Hillary consider resigning as secretary of state over the issue. But both he and Hillary quickly agreed that resigning wasn’t a realistic option. If her resignation hurt Obama’s chances of winning re-election, her fellow Democrats would never forgive her. Hillary was already thinking of running for president in 2016, and her political future, as well as Obama’s, hung in the balance.”

Obama had put Hillary in a corner, and she and Bill didn’t see a way out. And so, shortly after 10 o’clock on the night of September 11, she released an official statement that blamed the Benghazi attack on an “inflammatory posted on the Internet.”

The Benghazi Deception was in full swing.

“Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas” by Edward Klein is out this week from Regnery Publishing.

http://nypost.com/2014/06/22/clinton-bristled-at-benghazi-deception-book/

U.S. commandos capture ‘mastermind’ behind 2012 Benghazi consulate attack

June 17, 2014

By Michael Zennie

U.S. Special Operations commandos have captures the man the American government claims helped plan and carry out the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Ahmed Abu Khattala was taken off the streets of Benghazi and whisked away to a ‘secure location outside of Libya’ for interrogation on Sunday, the Washington Post reports.

Fox News reports that he is currently en route to the United States, where he is expected to be trial on terrorism charges in federal court in Washington, D.C.

Khattala is said to be a ‘senior leader’ of Ansar al-Sharia – the group that U.S. officials believe was behind the attack that killed four Americans on September 11, 2012 – including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

Khattala, a 42-year-old hardline Muslim leader, has openly flouted U.S. authorities, appear in public in Benghazi for several interviews with American media, including CNN, in August 2013 two days after the Justice Department levied terrorism charges against him.

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Khattala has remained free to roam his hometown of Beghanzi, despite being indicted by U.S. authorities an charged with crimes related to the attack.  He said he was never questioned by American officials, though he made no attempt to hide.

He told the New York Times that he did not plan or participate in the  assault, though he admitted he was there at the end.

Witnesses describe seeing him direct the fighters who stormed the gates of the American compound.

The raid Sunday, which was carried out jointly by American soldiers and the FBI’s elite Hostage Response Team, took months to plan and was called off once because of instability in Libya.

However, American officials are billing it as a major achievement for the White House.

One source told the Post that Khattala’s capture is ‘a reminder that when the United States says it’s going to hold someone accountable and he will face justice, this is what we mean.’

Stevens, the first U.S. Ambassador killed in the line of duty since 1979, died of smoke inhalation after the terrorist attackers set fire to the U.S. compound. Sean Smith, a 34-year-old computer system manager with the U.S. Foreign Service was also killed.

Former U.S. Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone S. Woods, who were working as U.S. security contractors for the Central Intelligence Agency, died in the second wave of the attack as they defended the adjacent CIA building after mounting a rescue mission.

The 2012 Benghazi attack has been a major political liability for the White House and for then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Republicans have launched numerous official investigations and alleged that officials botched security at the consulate and ignored Stevens’ request for more guards.

They also claim Obama Administration officials tried to over up the real motive for the terrorist attack – claiming at the time that it was a riot over an anti-Islamic video – to improve Obama’s reelection chances.

The House of Representatives recently established a select committee, nearly two years after the incident, to formally review the handling of the run-up to and aftermath of the assault.

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U.S. commandos and the FBI captured Ahmed Abu Khattala, said to be one of the masterminds behind the 2012 consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya

U.S. commandos and the FBI captured Ahmed Abu Khattala, said to be one of the masterminds behind the 2012 consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya

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Benghazi attack suspect captured, en route to US

June 17, 2014

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Fox News

A suspected terrorist linked to the 2012 Benghazi terror attack that killed four Americans has been captured inside Libya by U.S. forces and currently is en route to the United States, Fox News has learned exclusively.

Sources tell Fox News that the suspect, Ansar al-Sharia commander Abu Khattala, was captured Sunday during a joint U.S. military and law enforcement operation, and will face prosecution in the United States.

President Obama signed off on the mission on Friday night, Fox News is told. He was captured south of Benghazi by U.S. special operators and is on his way to the U.S. aboard a Navy ship.

Khattala was long thought to be one of the ringleaders of the deadly attack, in which U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans died. He had openly granted media interviews since the 2012 attack, but until now evaded capture.

“He didn’t know what hit him,” one source told Fox News of the weekend capture. According to sources, there was no firefight — a small Special Forces team with one FBI agent took part in the mission.

Fox News’ Ed Henry, Bret Baier and Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report. 


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