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Benghazi: Barack Obama and The White House Derailing of the Investigation

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The democrats and their wet-panty-shield MSM like to stress to the American people how the republicans wasted so much time … Oh, and “tax dollars” … on this Benghazi investigation. What they, of course, refuse to reveal is the fact the democrats and the administration are at fault for refusing to comply with testimony/answers and with documents requested by the Congress. See how that works?

Sharyl Atkisson @ The Daily Signal, who has been one of the few, at risk to her own career, and maybe even ‘well-being’, points out:

Democrats call the Benghazi committee’s work “one of the longest and most partisan congressional investigations in history.”

In the end, Republicans say the White House “impeded the investigation,” making it impossible to answer all outstanding questions.

Jordan and Pompeo write:

The committee ended its work without having spoken to anyone in the White House Situation Room that night. Nor did we receive all email communication between White House staffers concerning the attack, all off limits to Congress according to White House lawyers.

Obama’s whereabouts during the attacks and his precise actions remain unknown and publicly unaccounted for.

Funny that, considering the democrats and their MSM lap-dogs love chastising Pres. George W. Bush for reading “My Pet Goat” to a classroom filled with impressionable little kids during the time the WTC Twin Towers were attacked on the first 9/11. Wouldn’t you love to know exactly where Obama was and what he was doing during the those 13 hours of Benghazi attacks on 9/11/12, not to mention Hillary Clinton’s whereabouts? …

The committee ended its work without having spoken to anyone in the White House Situation Room that night. Nor did we receive all email communication between White House staffers concerning the attack, all off limits to Congress according to White House lawyers.

Obama’s whereabouts during the attacks and his precise actions remain unknown and publicly unaccounted for.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest blocked release of White House photos taken that night that could provide insight. And the president did not respond to the committee’s questions.

At times, the Obama administration provided false information,
State Department officials email exchanges:

“Off the reservation on five networks!”

“[White House] very worried about the politics. This was all their doing.”
But instead of correcting Rice’s statements, Republicans say, the State Department may have changed its public statements to match Rice’s claims.

Well, why on Earth would the administration that was promised to be ‘the most honest and transparent ever’ refuse to openly cooperate, via the Separation of Powers in order to achieve ‘checks and balances’ of power, refuse to answer the Congress’s questions on the Benghazi terrorist attack?

Well, Obama himself offers that answer

The House Select Committee on Benghazi asked President Obama to answer questions about what those in the White House did in response to the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya by Islamic extremists.

The president refused, stating through his attorney that “If the president were to answer your questions, his response would suggest that Congress has the unilateral power to demand answers from the president.”

So there, you insolent pissants. The emperor answers to no one, least of all the American people or those elected by the governed to represent them!

Trey Gowdy points out the oddity of the White House’s ‘logic and reasoning’, and reluctance to answer even the simplest of questions, most open to the American people:

“The Executive Branch would, perhaps, argue sending questions to the President is ‘unprecedented’ and would create a ‘constitutional crisis,’” the South Carolina Republican wrote. “The Legislative Branch would argue several prior Committee Chairmen sent an extensive set of questions to the President regarding Benghazi, the President has answered media inquiries about Benghazi without a ‘constitutional crisis,’ and the President is uniquely situated to answer these questions.”

In his June 7 letter to Obama’s counsel, Gowdy disclosed what questions he wanted answered.

1.The White House issued a readout of your meeting with senior
administration officials on September 10, 2012, indicating
“specific measures” had been taken to “prevent 9/11 related
attacks.” What were these specific measures, and how did these
specific measures differ from specific measures taken on prior
anniversaries of September 11?

2. When did you first learn a U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya, had
been attacked? What were you told, and by whom? Were you
informed Sean Smith had been killed during the initial attack?

3. What orders or direction, if any, did you give to Secretary of
Defense Leon Panetta upon learning of the initial attack? Did
you or anyone at your direction ever modify, withdraw, alter, or
amplify the initial orders or direction you gave to Secretary
Panetta?

4. What were you told about Department of Defense assets in the
region that could respond specifically to Benghazi? Did you ask
for or receive a list of military or paramilitary assets in the region
that could respond to Benghazi during the pendency of the
attacks?

5. Were you subsequently kept informed about the initial attack,
subsequent attacks, and/or efforts to either send military
assistance or evacuate U.S. personnel? By whom?
6. When did you learn Ambassador Christopher Stevens was
missing, and who informed you? Were you kept informed on
efforts to locate Ambassador Stevens, and if so, by whom? When
did you learn Ambassador Stevens was dead, and who informed
you?

7. [Classified]

8. Were you aware that prior to any military asset moving to
respond to the attacks the State Department expressed concerns
to the White House about the number of military assets going
into Libya?

9. When did you learn of a mortar attack that killed Tyrone Woods
and Glen Doherty? Who informed you?

10. Were you aware of any efforts by White House and Department
of Defense officials during the evening of September 11, 2012,
and into the early morning hours of September 12, 2012, to reach
out to YouTube and Terry Jones regarding an anti-Muslim
video? What specifically connected the attacks in Benghazi to
this anti-Muslim [sic] video, and why weren’t these efforts made
after the protests in Cairo, Egypt?

11. When did you learn individuals associated with terrorist
organizations participated in the attack on the U.S. facilities in
Benghazi, Libya?

12. Did you receive the President’s Daily Brief (PDB) on September
12, 2012 and September 13, 2012? If so, who provided you with
the PDB

13. Have you ever viewed surveillance footage from the cameras (or
other sources) located at the U.S. facilities in Benghazi depicting
the attacks? Will you declassify this footage so the American
people can see for themselves what transpired?

14. Did you authorize a covert action or covert operation to provide
lethal assistance to Libyan rebels?

15. [Classified]

Those are the questions that were asked of the president — 13 open to the public, and two that were classified.

I guess even Barack Obama couldn’t manage a straight face during that volume of lying.

So, exactly how cooperative was this administration during the Benghazi investigation that hoped to get answers as to why four Americans died, and over 30 more were in mortal danger?

Transparency! Benghazi committee allowed access to key witness (day AFTER release of report)

MORE:

Obama administration more concerned with re-election than lives in Benghazi

Benghazi lies were just standard procedure under Obama

Glenn Reynolds: JOURNALISM: Flashback: ’60 Minutes’ edits Obama’s answer on Benghazi.

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