Does this woman look worried to you? No, nor should she

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At the close of the first session of the Benghazi hearing, much of it dominated by a debate about emails sent between Hillary Clinton and journalist/activist Sid Blumenthal, Chairman Trey Gowdy announced that Blumenthal would be a primary topic in the second session as well.

It seems fair to ask: What does Blumenthal have do to with what happened at Benghazi, with preventing future such tragedies, with anything within the official purview of this committee? Did Blumenthal play some undisclosed role in the attacks? In the security arrangements?

At one point, Gowdy did attempt to address that question. His explanation was that some emails sent by Blumenthal to Clinton were eventually forwarded to Ambassador Chris Stevens, who later died in the Benghazi attacks. And …

And there was no “and.” Based on what we’ve seen so far, that extremely strained connection is the only thing linking Blumenthal to the attacks. In a press interview after the morning session, other Republicans also offered that as their only justification for spending so much time on Blumenthal.

The truth is that Gowdy values the Blumenthal emails because he hopes they can be used to embarrass Clinton politically. That is the sole reason why so much time and attention is being paid to them. The complete absence of a link between Blumenthal and Benghazi demonstrates once again why Gowdy’s repeated, seemingly pious claims of political disinterest in his handling of this hearing are so outrageously fraudulent.

Everyone knows what is going on. At least don’t insult our intelligence by asking us to pretend otherwise.

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U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland and other GOP panel members also seem highly agitated by the fact that Blumenthal had and used Clinton’s private email address to contact her, while Stevens and other top officials at the State Department were forced to use official State Department channels. That complaint was brought up repeatedly, and it’s a peculiar line of attack to say the least.

In essence, Westmoreland, Rep. Martha Robey and Rep. Susan Brooks are attacking Clinton because she FAILED to discuss highly classified material on her private, unsecure email. They are somehow finding fault with her for doing the smart and responsible thing, which was to use secure State Department cables and telephones to conduct her official business.

The suggestion that she should have provided Stevens with her private email address so he could discuss inadequate security at Benghazi and other critical matters over an unsecured line — it’s just nuts. It contradicts the entire line of previous GOP criticism of Clinton.

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Finally, try to imagine Ben Carson, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, etc., sitting alone at a witness table like that, hour after hour, calmly and reasonably addressing issues on their merits before a panel of highly aggressive questioners. Go ahead, try.

Even Clinton’s body language is perfect. The placid stare into space, the palm-to-face look — do you think she practiced that in front of a mirror?  She doesn’t exactly give the impression of someone feeling besieged or overly impressed by her opponents.

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Juanx
Juanx

SOS Clinton was very Presidential. I personally want to thank the GOP for their assistance in allowing her to present her strengths to the world during the Benghazi Prosecution.

tireOfIt
tireOfIt

Fox News:

Hillary Clinton's Benghazi testimony is over. Looks like Kevin McCarthy told the truth

OldEngineer
OldEngineer

@tireOfIt Yep. and they have failed again. Hillary has picked up a pile of votes.

lvg
lvg

Cons posting here are raving and ranting about Hillary lying. Did their star Federal prosecutor, Mr. Gowdy even once prove Hillary lied under oath and committed perjury (a legal term for lying)?You know like randy Bill saying there were no other women? (which of course is a lie practically every husband having affairs would say)

Cons then post about Hillary got hundreds of warnings. show me one on her private e-mails ???????????Accountability Review Board covered this exhaustively. Did they lie when the Board  said it was lower level SOS officials who got warnings and did nothing?Can cons disprove any of the findings of the ARB? Otherwise hearings are a total charade.

RantNRave
RantNRave

"Cons do not get bogged down in those simple details  since they get all their  facts from people like Limbaugh and Hannity "


@Ivg


Flush Limpboy and Faux news are "HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED" !

KUTGF
KUTGF

Just to be fair, and because we know Jay did not get it in his talking points memo this morning (I think the copy is in your pants :D ),


Lincoln Chaffee dropped out of the race.


Please return to your original upright positions.

fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

"And yet no one who has investigated it has concluded that sending anyone there would have done anything different for the situation.  So... you're just trolling."


Maybe if one of the 600 requests for better security were acted upon the situation WOULD have been different.  


Lets put that in perspective for you..... If there had been 600 emails to the CEO of BP telling him the valve they were using wasn't safe, the 600 emails had been ignored,  and then the BP disaster happened, you libbies would be calling for his resignation (more than you already did...).  We all know that's the absolute truth. 


Your continued support for Hillary after knowing the facts is utterly pathetic.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@fiftythreepercenter Sweetie, I think the exchange ratio is 700 emails to one Presidential Daily Briefing report. 

lvg
lvg

@KUTGF @fiftythreepercenter Cons do not get bogged down in those simple details  since they get all their  facts from people like Limbaugh and Hannity  nor do they have IQ to read and understand an official bipartisan investigation report.

lvg
lvg

@fiftythreepercenter Another dumb con who has not even bothered to read the mandatory ARB report written by two respected Bush appointees. Do you even know wha the law is that created ARBs and why it was created ? Who was the president who was responsible for over 250 Americans killed in Beirut? Did the Dems hold him accountable with endless hearings? Why not?

Vindicator
Vindicator

For all of you collaborators in Clinton's theatrics, here is the real determination of her academy award performance:

Clinton's bored look with her head-in-her-hand routine was rehearsed with her handlers and only happened when  questioned by the Republican panel members. She is a professional political actor as you well know. Remember the beach dancing scene with her sex predator husband during his election campaign?

One thing this phony liar didn't rehearse was the constant paper cup drinking when being grilled on the finer points.

The connection between she and Bluementhal was all about how she spent more time emailing him rather than keeping her eye on the ball about Benghazi. And her answer about the disparity in email traffic was deflected with private in-house meetings at State. It was just another slick lie that can't be traced. Score one for the Queen of Deceit.

All in all, we saw that she lied to the American people about the video fabrication. She took her eye off the Benghazi ball and failed to answer hundreds of pleas for security.

She also was given the Democrat's questions ahead of time so as to drone one and on with her scripted answers.

It is so comical to believe her and to fathom the support of all of you collaborators. 

lvg
lvg

@fiftythreepercenter @lvg @Vindicator like the facts the Howdy Doody Gowdy has yet to prove on who was behind the attack? and who was really responsible for  protecting the consulate? and what exactly was the CIA doing in Benghazi? Tell us.

fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

@lvg @fiftythreepercenter @Vindicator He didn't prove what Stevens had for lunch the day before the attack either, lvg.


But they did prove there were 600 requests for increased security that were ignored and that Hillary personally knew it was a terrorist attack on the night of it, yet lied to the American people about a  youtube video instead of telling the truth.  


You know, the actual issues.....

lvg
lvg

@Vindicator So you dispute the investigative reports that said an angry mob attacked the consulate protesting about the movie as did mobs in every Muslim country? Where is the connection to terrorists and Al-Queda that no investigation found--Just action by local miliitia leader who hated the US and is now in custody. Show us what you got. Just like Howdy Doody Gowdy.

RomanGabriel
RomanGabriel

Did they really think they were going to pull some Perry Mason majiks on her?

Fly-On-The-Wall
Fly-On-The-Wall

I'm just tired of the so-called drama behind this.  They are wasting tax payer money solely for political purposes and they've even admitted it.  My son asked this is was illegal and I told him no but it should be.

They're on a fishing expedition and they will keep this up until they find something, anything that will potentially hurt Sec. Clinton.  I even wondered if they'd keep this up after the 2016 election if Sec. Clinton became President.

Sad, truly sad.

YouLibs
YouLibs

Right-wing noise machine sheets

lvg
lvg

From Gowdy" website:


"""""Chairman of the Benghazi Select Committee Trey Gowdy (SC-04) today issued this statement on the anniversary of September 11."This day is a harrowing reminder there are those who seek to do us harm simply because we are us.  We saw this in New York, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania fourteen years ago. And we saw this again in 2012, on the anniversary of September 11th when we lost four of our fellow Americans in Benghazi, Libya.  Ambassador Chris Stevens and Sean Smith were diplomats we asked to represent us in a foreign land."'


So based on Jeb! 's claim that W kept us  safe, when are we having hearings on what was really known to W and Condi and the administration before 9-11  to see if they lied under oath when they said there were no warnings? and when will the 24 pages redacted from 9-11 report about Saudi complicity be disclosed? Go for it Mr, Gowdy.

YouLibs
YouLibs

Reading the news this morning I'm finding exactly what I expected to find; this is proving to be a yuuuuuge benefit for Hillary.

ByteMe
ByteMe

@YouLibs So was Biden dropping out.  She's getting 2/3 of his support in polls and Bernie is getting the rest.

ByteMe
ByteMe

I'm smelling con desperation now.  they kept hoping for a smoking gun... something... ANYTHING!!!... but they walked away with nothing.  Even Gowdy admits they didn't get anything different from her than what they already knew and already heard in prior testimony.


Once again: over-sell, under-deliver, blame it on the left-wing media.  That's their game.

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

Hell i think half of them fainted when they heard that headline 'Romney Surging!' but like you said....hahaha

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

Republican women have been 'dealing with' this phenomenon for years heheheh

breckenridge
breckenridge

The success of the ad-hoc mission in Iraq yesterday does drive home the point that it incredibly stupid and foolish to occupy foreign countries. Ditto the raid on the bin Laden compound a while back.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

“How did you [inaudible] the stamina up there? Did the yoga help?” an apparent reporter asked the likely Democratic nominee.

Clinton replied, “Yes, yes. Yoga always helps.”

THAT was what the libs found important after yesterday's hearing.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@DownInAlbany Meanwhile Trey said he was so inept he got nothing new out of Hillary.  All that evidence you RWers "have" and he failed to nail her hide to the wall.  LOL

Fly-On-The-Wall
Fly-On-The-Wall

@DownInAlbany Yes, the Yoga was the most important thing because nothing else was important in the 11 hour committee hearing.

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

@DownInAlbany I think SOMEbody realizes that all their vile fantasies about Hillary are going down in flames.  Flailing ain't pretty...

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

11 hours. You would think after 4-5 hours of questioning you would have the answers you need. But 11. What a farce. 

KUTGF
KUTGF

@McGarnagle 11 hours and apparently they did not ask the questions that our RWers wanted answered and they never did a Perry Mason moment of "YOU LIE!" 

Peachs
Peachs

I think we did so good yesterday that we might take the senate too, which as of now can't move state lines to cut the vote the way they want to deal it. 

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

There’s no evidence for a spontaneous protest,” he said.  “You picked the video as the narrative.  Where did it originate? It originated with you.

“Madame Secretary, Americans can live with the fact that good people sometimes give their lives for their country,” Jordan added.

“What they can’t take is when their government is not square with them.  You could tell the truth [and] call it a terrorist attack.”

Peachs
Peachs

@DownInAlbany Jordan now there is another caffeine addict, why did they even ask Hilary to this thing, they got furious if she open her mouth and interrupted their political speech, it throw them off to have to wait for an answer. 

ByteMe
ByteMe

@DownInAlbany Trollin' trollin' trollin', though the lies are swollen, keep them cons a-trollin' HILL-RY!!!

Peachs
Peachs

@DownInAlbany One of the problems with this way of life the right lives is if you do something you are risking being judged if you do nothing you can judge others who have more guts...  

breckenridge
breckenridge

Move over boys, make room in the clown car for Howdy Doody Gowdy.


Did you know Gowdy is a stupid?


An ardent social conservative, Gowdy considers himself "pro-life plus." He not only believes "in the sanctity of life," but argues that "the strategy should be broader than waiting for the Supreme Court to revisit Roe v Wade.

Peachs
Peachs

@breckenridge if you want to poster child a perfect GOP it would be Gowdy, he was made in a factory he is so breed to hate, to be stupid and get a Hitler like following, it is really freaky how much juice flows from this guy. 

lvg
lvg

@breckenridge What about the lives lost for a mistake and multiple lies in Iraq- does that effect  him?

RandroidWillBoy
RandroidWillBoy

I'd love to hear from the family members about what they think.  I could argue that that is the most meaningful opinion(s).

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

@RaindroidWillBoy Anderson Cooper had the sister of one of the victims on last night.

She did not like Hillary's story about the video vs. terrorist attack since it was mentioned in her brothers eulogy ( and she stated, ' you only get one eulogy').

Otherwise, she was complimentary of Hillary.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@RaindroidWillBoy You mean their expert opinions as to what could have been done to prevent the tragedy?  Their military expertise?  Their knowledge of Libya? 


Or perhaps you just want the clip played on Fox of the mother who said there were bloody handprints on a wall and she wanted to know if they were her sons... and no one got back to her.  As if knowing that answer will change things.   

lvg
lvg

@RaindroidWillBoy You mean like why they are not satisfied with the statutorily required ARB report that was performed by two Bush appointees or  you want to know what they think of the Gowdy Circus and its GOP performers?

ByteMe
ByteMe

@RaindroidWillBoy Actually, I don't think their opinions matter much at all.  The question is: what went wrong, what was done to make sure it doesn't happen again.

The person who made the security decisions followed the rules of her job and could not be disciplined for that.

The rule was 5 security personnel with the Ambassador in those type of situations, but he would have needed a small army or better intelligence from the CIA to have avoided the situation, neither of which appears to be the focus of the committee.

And no one wants to blame the victims for being in a dangerous place because that's sometimes their jobs.

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

Chris Stevens' family have repeatedly expressed their disgust of the Republicans' use of his murder as a cheap political hit job.