The seventh floor, in this case, meant the offices of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her top staff. Sheryl Attkisson’s report on the latest allegations of a Benghazi cover-up at the State Department is a real eye-opener. If it holds up, it will implicate some of Hillary Clinton’s top advisors at State. It sounds as if the allegations could be corroborated by several individuals. This is sure to be a topic of discussion at hearings of the House Select Committee on Benghazi beginning on Wednesday.
Sharyl Attkisson reports that the State Dept. knew the truth and “immediately attributed the Benghazi attack to a terrorist group…. The private, internal communication directly contradicts the message that President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice and White House press secretary Jay Carney repeated publicly over the course of the next several weeks. They often maintained that an anti-Islamic YouTube video inspired a spontaneous demonstration that escalated into violence.”
With the presidential election less than two months away, the administration was seeking cover for Obama’s claim that “Al Qaeda was on the run” and a tragic security lapse that could have been avoided. They even arranged to have law enforcement make a show of arresting the man who made the video (and he is still in jail for a minor parole violation).
We now have a cover-up of a cover-up. Unlike the Ben Rhodes email, which was withheld by the administration for 20 months despite a subpoena, Congress has had this email since August under a restriction that it not be made public, but this week’s revelations prompted its release.