Lies We Learned From The Benghazi Select Committee Hearing Thursday
The Select Committee on Benghazi rose from the dead Thursday with a tough but largely respectful 11-hour grilling of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Yes, there was plenty of kabuki theater — Democrats denounced GOP political motivations, Republicans pounded the table, fireworks flew over Sidney Blumenthal and emails — but significant new details emerged and new documents continue to surface.
In recent weeks alone, according the Chairman Trey Gowdy, the committee obtained more than 1,500 new pages of Mrs. Clinton’s Libya-related emails and 1,400 pages of emails of Ambassador Chris Stevens. Charts and committee questioning underlined the rapidly deteriorating security situation in Benghazi and Stevens’ fruitless attempts to obtain additional resources. Earlier investigations were dissected.
One highlight of the day: new emails and documents that shed light on the Obama administration claim that the Benghazi attack had been spurred by a protest against an incendiary YouTube video, “Innocence of Muslims.”