Benghazi Committee Thinks Hillary Was President In 2012: And That’s No Joke
Bengazhi Committee Continues GOP Tradition Of Ignoring Facts And History Revisionism
Watching the GOP-Led Benghazi Committee grill former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton settled the question as to whether or not this entire fiasco was little more than a partisan attack.
It most definitely was and remains so.
I knew that long before Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) appeared on camera in dramatic fashion, with two big piles of Hillary Clinton’s emails in front of her. I consider this the equivalent of the chart that was trotted out by GOP investigators during their glorified Planned Parenthood witch-hunt.
The moment also represented Republican Benghazi Committee members’ failure to understand that Hillary Clinton’s emails were never a “smoking gun”.
As Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) pointed out during his scathing opening statement, the emails don’t contradict previous conclusions reached by eight separate investigations; they actually confirm them.
In Cummings’ own words,
“Nothing we’ve obtained in emails or in new interview [changes] what we’ve already known for three years!”
Hillary Clinton is testifying (again), and she’ll likely be answering questions that she’s already answered in previous sessions. The only difference is that now Hillary Clinton is the frontrunner in a race for the Democratic nod, and beyond that, the presidency.
With Joe Biden emphatically forgoing a bid for the Democratic nomination, some consider Hillary Clinton’s selection inevitable. This would certainly explain why the GOP-Led Benghazi Committee is attacking her as if she were already the President of the United States.
As noted by GOP gaffes and an ousted investigator, the change in tone by the Benghazi committee marked an obvious departure from its original purpose: To find the truth as to what went wrong on September 11th, 2012 and to determine if any mishandling of the situation contributed to the tragedy. Here’s the thing: The Benghazi Committee ALREADY KNOWS THE ANSWER.
This would certainly explain why the GOP-Led Benghazi Committee is attacking her as if she were already the President of the United States.
After eight previous investigations reached the definite conclusions as to who was responsible (terrorists) and that Hillary Clinton wasn’t directly to blame (she was not), what else is there to learn on the matter? Not a damn thing. There’s only the pointless witch-hunt that has cost Americans nearly $5 million in taxpayer money that could have been used elsewhere. We now know for sure that the emails that the Republicans have turned into the ultimate dead horse don’t even matter in the grand scheme of things.
If the proudly touted emails are incapable of producing a conclusion that differs eight previous investigations, we must now come to accept that the GOP is obeying the often quoted definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
This also represents the habit among Republican members of Congress to make outrageous accusations, hoping the false allegations will somehow stick even if there is no evidence whatsoever to back them up. We previously saw this nonsensical tactic when far-right Republicans attacked Planned Parenthood for alleged (and refuted) acts of wrongdoing.
In the end, the anti-PP brigade grudgingly admitted that there was no wrongdoing on the part of Planned Parenthood. I believe they were fully aware of this before members of the Republican Party threatened a government shutdown if the organization didn’t stop cease obtaining federal funding.
Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of Hillary Clinton’s testimony before the Benghazi Committee is that it feels more like an impeachment trial. Just recently Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Al.) claimed that Hillary Clinton would be in a unique position should she ever become president.
“In my judgment, with respect to Hillary Clinton, she will be a unique president if she is elected by the public next November because the day she’s sworn in is the day that she’s subject to impeachment because she has committed high crimes and misdemeanors.”
His attitude, while a bizarre misrepresentation of why impeachment proceedings exist, is reflective of the behavior witnessed as Hillary Clinton testified. Despite her very correct statements that as Secretary of State, she answered to President Barack Obama, the Benghazi Committee desperately attempted to paint Clinton as the one calling the shots in 2012.
The problem with this tactic is that it pretends that Republicans didn’t already use the Benghazi tragedy to attack another prominent Democrat: President Barack Obama.