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Wed May 18, 2016, 08:29 AM

Benghazi Scandal Destroyed As Trey Gowdy’s Own Lawyer Cuts Down Conspiracy Theory

This letter from Howdy Gowdy's own top lawyer on the bogus Benghazi committee. http://www.politicususa.com/2016/05/16/benghazi-scandal-destroyed-trey-gowdys-lawyer-cuts-conspiracy-theory.html

A key piece of evidence has surfaced that has dealt a crippling blow to the Republican Benghazi conspiracy.
A letter from Benghazi Democrats to Benghazi Select Committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) made public some vital facts:

Unfortunately, your letter failed to include any statements from your own former Republican Chief Counsel—a retired three-star general with more than 33 years of service in the United States Army who repeatedly commended the military’s actions on the night of the attacks during closed interviews with Defense Department officials.

For example, on January 8, 2016, the Select Committee conducted a transcribed interview with former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. During that interview, your former Chief Counsel stated:

I think you ordered exactly the right forces to move out and to head toward a position where they could reinforce what was occurring in Benghazi or in Tripoli or elsewhere in the region. And, sir, I don’t disagree with the actions you took, the recommendations you made, and the decisions you directed.
Your former Chief Counsel acknowledged that it is clear from the time and distances involved that none of the military forces could have gotten to Benghazi in time to save lives.

He stated:

And, again, sir, I don’t mean to suggest that anything could have been done differently to affect the outcome in Benghazi, and I think you would agree with that.

In addition, on January 13, 2016, the Select Committee conducted a transcribed interview with the Defense Department’s former Chief of Staff, Jeremy Bash. During that interview, your former Republican Chief Counsel stated:

I would posit that from my perspective, having looked at all the materials over the last 18 months, we could not have affected the response to what occurred by 5: 15 in the morning on the 12th of September if Benghazi, Libya. So let me start with that positing or that stipulation.

Your former Chief Counsel also stated:

I don’t see any way to influence what occurred there. But what I am worried about is we’re caught by surprise On 9/11, we’ve got nothing postured to respond in a timely manner—and you can debate what’s timely, what’s untimely, but nothing could have affected what occurred in Benghazi.

The conclusions of your former Republican Chief Counsel match almost exactly the findings—from more than two years ago—of the House Committee on Armed Services, which conducted its own investigation into the attacks in Benghazi. Rep. Buck McKeon, the Republican Chairman of the Committee who led that investigation, concluded at the time, “I think I’ve pretty well been satisfied that given where the troops were, how quickly the thing all happened and how quickly it dissipated, we probably couldn’t have done more than we did.
Even the former counsel for the Republicans who are leading the Benghazi investigation didn’t buy what Gowdy was trying sell.
The reality is that Rep. Gowdy’s Benghazi investigation has found no new facts. The House Select Committee on Benghazi will reach the same conclusion that all of the other congressional investigations have come to. There was nothing that could have been done differently to change the outcome in Benghazi.

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Wed May 18, 2016, 08:31 AM

1. Trey Gowdy’s Former Top Lawyer Undercuts The Benghazi Committee

Here is some more on the comments made by Howdy Gowdy's top lawyer on his bogus Benghazi committee http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trey-gowdy-dana-chipman-benghazi-committee_us_5738db52e4b08f96c18373e2

WASHINGTON — Shortly before the House Benghazi committee ramped up its battles with the Department of Defense in its probe of the 2012 terrorist attack, the committee’s own top lawyer admitted at least four times in interviews with military officials that there was no more they could have done on that tragic night.

That’s according to a letter obtained by The Huffington Post that was sent Sunday to the chairman of the committee, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), from the top Democrats on the Benghazi panel and the House Armed Services Committee, Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Adam Smith (D-Wash.).

The Democrats are sending the letter after relations between the GOP-led Benghazi committee and military officials recently took a turn for the worse. The military accused the committee late last month of demanding increasingly frivolous interviews from irrelevant service members; Gowdy responded by calling that charge a “partisan attack.”

But in Monday’s letter, which includes four separate comments from Gowdy’s recently departed chief counsel, Democrats say Gowdy’s own staffer agreed with the military.

According to the letter, that staffer, former Gen. Dana Chipman, said in interviews with former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and former Defense Department Chief of Staff Jeremy Bash that the department did all it could on that night when Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed.

“I think you ordered exactly the right forces to move out and to head toward a position where they could reinforce what was occurring in Benghazi or in Tripoli or elsewhere in the region,” Chipman told Panetta in the committee’s January interview with the former defense secretary, according to transcribed excerpts. “And, sir, I don’t disagree with the actions you took, the recommendations you made, and the decisions you directed.”

Chipman was similarly deferential to Bash.

“I would posit that from my perspective, having looked at all the materials over the last 18 months, we could not have affected the response to what occurred by 5:15 in the morning on the 12th of September in Benghazi, Libya,” said Chipman, who himself served 33 years in the Army.

“I don’t see any way to influence what occurred there,” he told Bash at another point. “But what I am worried about is we’re caught by surprise on 9/11, we’ve got nothing postured to respond in a timely manner — and you can debate what’s timely, what’s untimely, but nothing could have affected what occurred in Benghazi.”

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Wed May 18, 2016, 08:42 AM

2. Ambassadors Location passed through Hillary's Server

In the year prior to the deadly 2012 Benghazi attack, Hillary Clinton used her private email server to correspond about such highly sensitive national security matters as specific threats to the Libya hotel where Ambassador Chris Stevens was staying as well as his decision to remain at the hotel despite the threats.

The emails, released May 22 by the State Department, also contained the exact movements of Stevens while he was stationed in arguably one of the most dangerous zones in the world for any American diplomat, a WND review has found.


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Response to Gunslinger201 (Reply #2)

Sat May 21, 2016, 11:50 AM

8. Trey Gowdy Concedes: The Military Could Not Have Gotten To Benghazi In Time To Save Lives - See more

Here are some more facts for the silly conservatives to ignore or not be able to understand http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/trey-gowdy-concedes-military-could-not-have-gotten-benghazi-time-save-lives

A central element of conservative conspiracy theories spread in the aftermath of the September 11, 2012 attack on our diplomatic facility and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, has been the myth that the military could have responded to the attack more quickly and therefore saved lives.

In the most outlandish version of this story, President Obama or Hillary Clinton ordered the military to “stand down” rather than come to the aid of the Americans who were under attack.

Earlier this week, a letter from two House Democrats to Rep. Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina Republican who is chairing the select committee investigating the Benghazi attack, revealed that the GOP’s own chief investigator acknowledged during the investigation that nothing “could have been done differently to affect the outcome in Benghazi.”

- See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/trey-gowdy-concedes-military-could-not-have-gotten-benghazi-time-save-lives#sthash.RvtXf4VX.dpuf
The mythical stand down order has been debunked yet again

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Wed May 18, 2016, 08:58 AM

3. Still reads like the 3am phone call was missed.

An attack on an embassy in the Middle East on September 11th. Who da thunk. Proof positive neither the current admisistration or then SOS was proactive on protecting our embassy and when the 3am call came in they got the answering machine.
But what difference does it make now?

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Wed May 18, 2016, 09:02 AM

4. The reality is that all foreign US bases should have been on heightened alert for the 9-11

anniversary date. That is SOP.

Hillary didn`t bother to make sure her people in Libya had extra protection that day.

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Thu May 19, 2016, 06:36 PM

5. Turns Out Benghazi Bad Boy Trey Gowdy Did a Bad Job with His Benghazi

Howdy Gowdy is a really stupid person and a bad lawyer https://www.yahoo.com/news/turns-benghazi-bad-boy-trey-143003258.html?nhp=1

Congressman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, the lop-headed Javert of what's left of the Benghazi, Benghazi, BENGHAZI! Affair, hasn't been quite right since the day that Hillary Rodham Clinton spent 11 hours routing Gowdy and some of his dimmer gumshoes on national television. I think he's lost a little focus because, on Tuesday, he fairly well admitted that he's been presiding over a manure wagon for nearly two years. Per MSNBC via USA Today and Fox News:

There was nothing the military could have done on the night of Sept. 11, 2012, to stop the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, but the special House committee investigating the terrorist incident will continue to probe the Pentagon's actions that night, the committee's chairman said Tuesday. "Whether or not they could have gotten there in time, I don't think there is any issue with respect to that. They couldn't," Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., told Fox News.
Great. Let's wrap this up and get a beer, whaddya say?

There clearly is nothing more to investigate here. (There hasn't been anything to investigate here ever, but that's beside the point.)

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Thu May 19, 2016, 06:45 PM

6. I don't understand why Repubs keep pushing Benghazi for damage.

I have an idea of why though.

Lets face it. Benghazi will never ever ever amount to the damage the Iraq war has caused. Never ever.

But continue to try and make it as bad.

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Fri May 20, 2016, 04:51 PM

7. Trey Gowdy’s tough week: The farcical Benghazi committee keeps bumbling along

Howdy Gowdy is having a bad week http://www.salon.com/2016/05/19/trey_gowdys_tough_week_the_farcical_benghazi_committee_keeps_bumbling_along/

It’s been a rough week for Trey Gowdy and his crew of Benghazi truth hounds. He and the other Republicans on the House Benghazi committee have been spending their time digging into conspiratorial allegations that military resources were withheld or left idle in response to the 2012 terrorist attack. But, on Monday, Gowdy’s Democratic colleagues released selected transcripts showing the former chief counsel for the committee Republicans, retired Lt. Gen. Dana Chipman, shooting down those allegations and commending the military for its actions in response to the attacks. It undermined the entire conservative Benghazi conspiracy, and kicked yet another plank out from the committee’s already shaky support structure.

Gowdy gamely made an effort to minimize the damage, but in the process he only managed to make things worse. The chairman went on Fox News to respond to the reports surrounding his former counsel, and he confirmed what Chipman said in the transcripts released by the Democrats.



“Whether or not they could have gotten there in time – I don’t think there’s any issue with respect to that. They couldn’t,” Gowdy said. But, in an effort to justify his committee’s continued efforts, he argued that important context had been omitted from Chipman’s remarks. “The next question,” Gowdy explained, “is why could you not? Why were you not positioned to do it?” That’s the critical question, Gowdy insisted: why the military wasn’t prepared to respond to a Benghazi-like attack.

Well, guess what? That question has been asked and answered already.

The Republican-led House Armed Services Committee’s investigation into the Benghazi attacks drilled down pretty hard on this question. It was highly critical of the Obama administration’s posture prior to the attacks and specifically faulted White House officials who “failed to comprehend or ignored the dramatically deteriorating security situation in Libya and the growing threat to U.S. interests in the region.” It found that State Department personnel in the country were left vulnerable because, in part, “the administration did not direct a change in military force posture.” It’s a scathing assessment of the administration’s preparedness leading up to September 11, 2012, and President Obama himself has acknowledged that errors were made in the run-up to the attacks. “In the aftermath, what became clear was that the security was lax,” Obama said on Fox News in 2014, “that not all the precautions and — that needed to be taken were taken and both myself and Secretary Clinton and others indicated as much.”

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Response to Letmypeoplevote (Original post)

Mon May 23, 2016, 09:43 AM

9. Howdy Gowdy's committee is a joke

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