Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has scheduled a hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today to get to the bottom of the Benghazi scandal. That is just the way the frenzied, fanatical folks at Fox News like it, trying to rekindle a scandal that doesn’t exist. The scandal only exists for purely political reasons. This time, the target is former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who in many circles is being touted as the next President of the United States and Fox News is using the so-called “Benghazi scandal” as a way to stop, or at least, slow Ms. Clinton down.
Late last year, just weeks before the general election on Oct. 10, 2012, Rep. Darrell Issa held a hearing that was also politically motivated and meant to influence the presidential election. Again, Fox News was all over it, even deluding themselves into believing that Mitt Romney would be elected president. Remember the Dick Morris predictions, over and over again. Who can forget the “not so fast” words of Karl Rove, when Fox News was ready to declare Obama the winner in Ohio. Karl Rove said it’s not over.
It was over.
It didn’t quite work out the way Fox News and Dick Morris and Karl Rove wanted it. However, President Obama handily won reelection, as the Democrats strengthened its hold on the United States Senate and the Democrats picked up additional seats in the House of Representatives. This, over the objections of Fox News.
The subject of Benghazi was seemingly dropped, but under intense pressure from Fox News, the subject is once again in the headlines. Especially with the new threat that Hillary Clinton is the heavy favorite to become the next President of the United States.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said that three witnesses will appear at a full committee hearing, “Benghazi: Exposing Failure and Recognizing Courage,” on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at 11:30 AM in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building. The witness are Mr. Mark Thompson, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism of the US Department of State; Mr. Gregory Hicks, Foreign Service Officer and former Deputy Chief of Mission/Chargé d’Affairs in Libya of the US Department of State; and Mr. Eric Nordstrom, Diplomatic Security Officer and former Regional Security Officer in Libya of the US Department of State.
Oh sure, Fox News contributor Mike Huckabee is happily predicting that President Obama will be impeached, saying that “he does not believe Barack Obama will survive the remaining 3½ years of his presidency.” Another contributor, Fox News’ Sean Hannity, is also on the hunt.
The key witness today for Issa and the Oversight Committee is Gregory Hicks who will claim, unsubstantiated of course, that troops were ready to come to the rescue of the four diplomats who tragically died, but were told to stand down. Even more telling, Mr. Hicks was in Tripoli at the time of attack, not in Benghazi.
Mike Huckabee maintains that what happened in Benghazi is not political and the motivations are not political.
Now there is a “substantiated” lie.
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