• Oops: Newly Revealed Benghazi Emails Reveal Hillary Email Cover-Up

    Surge Summary: Judicial Watch has forced the release of emails involving Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi scandal and “home-brew” email server cover-up. Had this information come to light five years ago, many things – including the 2016 Democratic primary and even the presidential election itself, might have turned out differently.

    Remember the Benghazi atrocity? Doubtless some government-types are hoping you don’t; assuming you don’t.

    Well, happily, their hopes and assumptions might have been misplaced …

    PJ Media’s Tyler O’Neil brings us up to speed:

    On Monday, Judicial Watch released new emails involving former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Benghazi controversy that had been covered up for years and that would have exposed Clinton’s private email account if they had been released to Judicial Watch in a FOIA request win 2014. One long withheld email, which provides talking points for a call with senators and therefore fits the criteria of records concerning “talking points or updates on the Benghazi attack,” should have been disclosed in 2014, but it was hidden from Judicial Watch for years.

    Did you get that? Hidden from the public? For five years? What is this, America or a kleptocratic banana republic?

    “This email is a twofer – it shows Hillary Clinton misled the U.S. Senate on Benghazi and that the State Department wanted to hide the Benghazi connection to the Clinton email scheme,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. “Rather than defending her email misconduct, the Justice Department has more than enough evidence to reopen its investigations into Hillary Clinton.”

    Following the terrorist attack in Benghazi in 2012, Hillary Clinton and other Obama Administration aides repeatedly blamed an amateur video, refusing to call the attack an act of terrorism. While Clinton made public statements linking the attack to the video, she emailed her daughter Chelsea blaming an “al Qaeda-like group” for the attack. In a call with Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil, Clinton said, “We know the attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film. It was a planned attack — not a protest.”

    The amateur video did trigger protests in Egypt and elsewhere, but the timeline of Clinton’s statements suggests that she and other Obama officials crafted a narrative blaming the video for the attack in order to downplay the threat of terrorism and bolster Obama’s re-election chances in November 2012.

    But hold on: The revelatory email Judicial Watch released Monday confirmed that the then-Secretary of State was briefed on deceptive talking points for a meeting with senators that likely involved her laying blame for the attack on the video. And there’s more explosive fall out: Judicial Watch is claiming Clinton’s email scandal would have been revealed far earlier had Hillary’s State Department not engaged in this dastardly cover-up.

    Judicial Watch’s FOIA (Freedom of Information) request for documents related to Benghazi talking points was filed way back in May 2014. The organization later filed a lawsuit demanding publication of the withheld material.

    According to Judicial Watch, “The Clinton email finally released this month was first identified by the State Department in September, 2014 but was withheld from Judicial Watch despite it specifically referencing talking points. After it was specifically described in an Office of the Inspector General report, the court ordered its production. It was only after Judicial Watch informed the State Department it was prepared to file a motion with the court to compel production of the records that the Department relented and produced the 2012 email in question.”

    It appears Clinton set up her infamous home-brew server partly to avoid the transparency mandated by law. U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth ordered the State Department to produce the email on August 22, 2019. Last year, Lamberth denounced Clinton’s private email server as “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency.” He further pondered whether “the State Department’s attempt to settle this FOIA case in 2014” may have been “an effort to avoid searching — and disclosing the existence of — Clinton’s missing emails.”

    Judicial Watch believes its FOIA lawsuit led directly to the disclosure of the home-brew server by a Clinton spokesman in March 2015. Had Hillary’s shop turned over this newly uncovered email in 2014, the email scandal would have surfaced months earlier which might have generated an authentic competition in 2016’s Democratic primary. Who knows who might have been tapped to take the reigns as Donkey Party candidate? Instead? Hillary Clinton was effectively coronated the one to take on Donald Trump. Although Clinton has been relatively unpopular for a long time, her unpopularity hit a zenith in November 2016 — the eve of the election — which many believe paved the way for the election of the New York real estate magnate.

    Tyler O’Neil points out the irony: “[I]t is plausible that Trump is president right now thanks in part to this cover-up.”

    So, perhaps some kind of rough justice was achieved after all for Hillary’s Benghazi/email server perfidy?

    Read the email here.

    H/T: PJ Media/Tyler O’Neil

    Image: Adapted from: By Pete Souza – P090110PS-0047, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=60094963

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