FBI Formally Confirms Its Investigation of Hillary Clinton’s Email Server … So Much for Hillary’s Denials
WOW … FBI CONFIRMS ITS INVESTIGATION OF HILLARY CLINTON’S PRIVATE EMAIL SERVER!!!
The FBI has formally acknowledged the worst kept secret in the world, that they are formally investigating the private email server of Hillary Clinton. Oh the timing of this revelation, just one day before the New Hampshire primaries. As reported at the Washington Free Beacon, the letter, dated February 2, was disclosed in a federal court filing Monday. Baker further wrote that the FBI has not “publicly acknowledged the specific focus, scope or potential targets of any such proceedings.” He concluded the letter by saying that the FBI cannot disclose more “without adversely affecting on-going law enforcement efforts.”
Sorry Hillary, there appears to be a there, there. This scandal is not going away and will dog Clinton throughout the primaries and a general election, if she gets that far. Some one should be investigating the Clinton Foundations and any quid pro quo for donations.
In a letter disclosed Monday in a federal court filing, the FBI confirms one of the world’s worst-kept secrets: It is looking into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
Why say this at all, since it was widely known to be true? Because in August in response to a judge’s direction, the State Department asked the FBI for information about what it was up to. Sorry, the FBI said at the time, we can neither confirm nor deny the existence of any investigation.
Now, in a letter dated February 2 and filed in court Monday, the FBI’s general counsel, James Baker, notes that in public statements and congressional testimony, the FBI “has acknowledged generally that it is working on matters related to former Secretary Clinton’s use of a private email server.”
Baker says the FBI has not, however, “publicly acknowledged the specific focus, scope or potential targets of any such proceedings.”
It turns out that Hillary Clinton’s emails are not a “nothing burger” as Clinton and her surrogates would want you to believe.
This Hillary Clinton scandal gets worse and worse and it makes one wonder just how long Democrats and the liberal MSM can ignore the obvious? Hillary Clinton is damaged goods and the latest revelation that the Top Secret emails found on Hillary’s “unclassified” personal bathroom server was colossally damaging to our national security and has put lives at risk. Everyone who defends Ms. Clinton asks, what difference does this scandal make? Really?
What Difference Does It Make That I Put Lives At Risk and Threatened National Security?
Nevertheless, Hillary has upped the ante by demanding that the twenty-two Top Secret emails that have been withheld by the State Department be released to the public so Americans can see that they are in fact innocuous, as Ms. Clinton and her defenders maintain. Yet this is pure political theater: she surely knows that the emails are not going to be released on security grounds anytime soon, probably not for several decades, at least.
What, then, is in those twenty-two emails? Contrary to the assertions of Team Clinton that the information was benign, a “nothing-burger” to cite her allies, implying that the overzealous Intelligence Community has classified information that doesn’t need protection, their contents are Top Secret with good reason. Hillary has opted for cries of “overclassification” as her last line of defense in EmailGate, notwithstanding that’s the choice of any officials in Washington, DC, who have broken secrecy laws and have no leg left to stand on.
Today FoxNews has reported that those twenty-two Top Secret emails included “operational intelligence” that involves espionage sources and methods, adding that lives have been put at risk by Hillary’s mishandling of this information.
The Right Scoop opines and quotes Joe Biden, “This is a BFD.”
I have to agree with Q and O 100%, because “any one who has ever worked in or around classified material understands how draconian the rules concerning their use are.” I have personally done so for years. When one does, you are provided continual education on how to handle material and asked to sign endless compliance forms that you have done so properly and will continue to do so. Anything Hilary Clinton did with regards to her emails and a private server circumventing the government process was an intentional act to hide things. There can be no other explanation. We are witness to the emails that have been deemed top secret; however, can you imagine what was on the emails that she destroyed, knowing how damning they were? How this woman is running for president is criminal and so are her actions.
Obama Lied Again: State Department Announces 18 Emails Exchanged Between Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama Will Be Withheld
FLASHBACK: DIDN’T OBAMA SAY HE NEVER NEW OF HILLARY’S PRIVATE EMAIL AND SERVER … State Department announced that 18 emails exchanged between Hillary Clinton and President Obama are going to be withheld.
The Liar in Chief strikes again … In the latest document dump of Hillary Clinton emails we not only learned that there were even more top secret emails on her private server, something that Hillary claimed did not exist, but we also learned that the State Department is withholding 18 emails between Clinton and President Barack Obama. Wait a minute, what do you mean there were 18 emails between Obama and Clinton? I thought Barack Obama back in March 2015 told CBS News, when this scandal hit, that he learned about this story at the same time as the rest of America did? When previously asked when he learned of the revelation of Hillary’s private emails to conduct work as his Secretary of State Obama’s response was, “The same time everybody else learned it through news reports.” LIAR!!! How exactly does one send emails as the President of the United States to his Secretary of State and not notice that the email address does not end in .gov? Yup, Obama kied again and knew all along that Hillary Clinton was using a private email to conduct government business and did nothing about it. More from the most transparent administration ever.
The liar in chief stated when he learned of Hillary Clinton’s use of emails outside the government system …
“The same time everybody else learned it through news reports.”
The State Department on Friday said for the first time that “top secret” material had been sent through Hillary Clinton’s private computer server, and that it would not make public 22 of her emails because they contained highly classified information.
The department announced that 18 emails exchanged between Mrs. Clinton and President Obama would also be withheld, citing the longstanding practice of preserving presidential communications for future release. The department’s spokesman, John Kirby, said that exchanges did not involve classified information.
The disclosure of the top secret emails, three days before Iowans vote in the first-in-the-nation caucuses, is certain to fuel the political debate over the unclassified computer server that Mrs. Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, kept in her home. The State Department released another set of her emails on Friday night in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
Neither Mr. Kirby nor other officials would discuss the emails now being withheld, but the classified emails include those cited in a letter sent to the Senate on Jan. 14 by the inspector general of the nation’s intelligence agencies, I. Charles McCullough III.
Mr. McCullough wrote that “several dozen emails” contained classified information, including some now determined to contain information at the “top secret/S.A.P.” level. That designation refers to “special access programs,” which are among the government’s most closely guarded secrets.
State Department Announces that Nearly 2 Dozen Emails on Hillary Clinton’s Private Server are So Secret and “Too Damaging” to National Security to Release Under any Circumstances
HILLARY CLINTON SHOULD BE IN LEG IRONS, NOT RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT … I GUESS WE KNOW WHO OBAMA’S FIRST PARDON WILL BE FOR.
State Depart confirms that some of the emails on Hillary Clinton’s private server are so top secret and “too damaging” to national security that they will never see the light of day. This is a far cry from Hillary’s claims that there were no top secret emails on the server. What a shock, Hillary Clinton lied. According to Intelligence agencies, the information was top secret when it was sent and hit the Clinton’s servers, it was not upgraded after the fact (Watch Video below). However, the State Department continues to spread lies when it comes to this fact.
UNREAL, HILLARY CLINTON NEEDS TO BE INDICTED AND FOUND GUILTY. SHE KNOWS DAMN WELL WHAT SHE DID WAS WRONG AND KNEW SO AS SHE CONTINUED TO DO IT. WHICH BEGS THE QUESTION … WHAT DID SHE DESTROY AND WHAT WAS SHE HIDING?
The intelligence community has deemed some of Hillary Clinton’s emails “too damaging” to national security to release under any circumstances, according to a U.S. government official close to the ongoing review. A second source, who was not authorized to speak on the record, backed up the finding.
The determination was first reported by Fox News, hours before the State Department formally announced Friday that seven email chains, found in 22 documents, will be withheld “in full” because they, in fact, contain “Top Secret” information.
The State Department, when first contacted by Fox News about withholding such emails Friday morning, did not dispute the reporting – but did not comment in detail. After a version of this report was first published, the Obama administration confirmed to the Associated Press that the seven email chains would be withheld. The department has since confirmed those details publicly.
The decision to withhold the documents in full, and not provide even a partial release with redactions, further undercuts claims by the State Department and the Clinton campaign that none of the intelligence in the emails was classified when it hit Clinton’s personal server.
Just curious, can a President pardon some one before they have been found guilty of a crime?
Fox News reporter Catherine Herridge asked whether the State Department disagreed with the intelligence community’s determination that Clinton’s email contained information that was highly-classified when it hit the server. The Clinton campaign has argued that the information was only classified retroactively.
“The ICIG’s letter from January 14, we’ve confirmed that it was the finding of the agencies who own the intelligence that they were top secret, even containing SAP information, when they hit the server,” Herridge said, using an acronym for Special-Access Programs, among the most closely-guarded secrets of government. “So this is a settled matter, this is not something that is still being pursued. Do you accept that?”
Kirby would not speak to the letter.
“I’m not going to speak specifically to that letter or the ICIG’s findings. You’d have to talk to them about that,” Kirby said.
Kirby insisted that the State Department would continue its review to determine if information in Clinton’s emails needed to be classified and redacted.
“It is the State Department’s responsibility to make the final adjudication on classification,” Kirby said.
Herridge said it was the responsibility of the intelligence agencies who own the information, not the State Department.
“No, that’s not correct,” Herridge said. “The agency that owns the information has final say over the classification, not the State Department, and these declarations relate to intelligence that was not State Department intelligence.”
Kirby conceded that the State Department had accepted the intelligence community’s decision to upgrade the information in this case.
ARE YOU KIDDING, HER EMAILS WERE SO SECRET THAT THEY ARE REDACTED TO LAWMAKERS …
Sorry folks, Hillary Clinton broke the law with regards to her callous and brazen use of a private server and maintaining private and top secret emails. FOX News is reporting that some of Hillary Clinton’s emails on her private server contained information so secret that senior lawmakers who oversee the State Department cannot read them without fulfilling additional security requirements. UNREAL. But of course the always truthful Hillary Clinton stating at the outset of this scandal that there was no secret emails on her private server.
If the Obama administration does not indict Hillary Clinton, it will prove just how corrupt it is and how there are two sets of rules of justice for those in the United States. Those that are pro-Obama and Democrat and the rest. The law is the law. This woman needs to be indicted. Drip, drip, drip, this woman cannot be trusted to run for dog catcher, let alone president.
Some of Hillary Clinton’s emails on her private server contained information so secret that senior lawmakers who oversee the State Department cannot read them without fulfilling additional security requirements, Fox News has learned.
The emails in question, as Fox News first reported earlier this week, contained intelligence classified at a level beyond “top secret.” Because of this designation, not all the lawmakers on key committees reviewing the case have high enough clearances.
A source with knowledge of the intelligence review told Fox News that senior members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, despite having high-level clearances, are among those not authorized to read the intelligence from so-called “special access programs” without taking additional security steps — like signing new non-disclosure agreements.
These programs are highly restricted to protect intelligence community sources and methods.
As Fox News previously reported, a Jan. 14 letter from Intelligence Community Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III to senior lawmakers said an intelligence review identified “several dozen” additional classified emails — including specific intelligence from “special access programs” (SAP).
That indicates a level of classification beyond even “top secret,” the label previously given to two emails found on her server, and brings even more scrutiny to the Democratic presidential candidate’s handling of the government’s closely held secrets.
Washington Free Beacon: Fox News Chief Intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reported Thursday night that more people may have viewed classified information on emails sent to Hillary Clinton’s private server than previously thought, some of which reportedly had a level of classification above “top secret.”
“Fox News is learning tonight there may be more spillage of classified information,” Herridge said. “A letter to Congress says several dozen classified emails were identified, but that number only reflects the main or root emails, not the number of times that classified email was forwarded, replied to, or copied to other people who did not have a need to know.”
Herridge reported on Tuesday that the Inspector General (IG) for the Intelligence Community identified “several dozen” classified emails on Clinton’s private server in her home beyond the two “top secret” ones already announced. Some of these emails contained intelligence known as “special access programs (SAP),” which is highly sensitive information that a select few people in government can view.
This information is considered so secret that the Inspector General had to obtain a higher security clearance to view the emails in question, and senior lawmakers with oversight of the State Department are not authorized to view them without fulfilling the necessary requirements to get a higher clearance.
“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” Out Today … Go Watch It … Movie Reignites ‘Stand-Gown’ Order Debate .. “Hillary Is a Liar!” (VIDEO)
MAKE IT A POINT TO SEE THIS MOVIE THIS WEEK AND BRING YOUR HILLARY CLINTON LIBERAL SUPPORTING FRIENDS …
Michael Bay’s “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” is set to be released everywhere on Friday. This is a must see movie. As stated at the Politico, the new Benghazi movie reignites ‘stand-down’ order debate. Sorry, if I happen to believe the people who actually were there as opposed to the pathetic, rotten lying politicians trying to cover the collective asses of Barack Obama and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Our governments action with regards to the terror attacks in Benghazi will forever be a low-point in America history where those in power just left Americans to die and then blamed the radical Islamist terror attack on a tape. Shame on them and shame on the media for covering up the story.
The creators of a new Hollywood blockbuster about the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack are renewing the politically explosive allegation that commandos called to defend the U.S. compound were told to “stand down” — a claim Democrats say has no basis in fact.
With Michael Bay’s “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” set to premiere Thursday, the five surviving members of the six-man Benghazi security team have blitzed the airwaves to promote the film and renew their assertion that a top CIA officer delayed them from immediately answering State Department distress calls. Three even testified to the same before the House Select Committee on Benghazi last spring, several sources have confirmed to POLITICO.
“There is no sensationalism in that: We were told to ‘stand down,’” said former Special Forces Officer Kris Paronto, one of the CIA contractors who fought that night, in an interview with Politico. “Those words were used verbatim — 100 percent. … If the truth of it affects someone’s political career? Well, I’m sorry. It happens.”
Pat Smith, mother of State Department official Sean Smith who was murdered at the Benghazi Consulate on 9-11-3012, screamed out, “Hillary is a liar!” after watching the movie ’13 Hours.’
Pat Smith joined Megyn Kelly tonight after attending the opening of ’13 Hours’ last night in Dallas, Texas.
She sobbed as she told Megyn about the movie.
I left as soon as Sean came on screen, or the person who portrayed him. I couldn’t handle it. HILLARY IS A LIAR! I know what she told me!
Smith was referring to Hillary’s bogus claims that a YouTube video was behind the deadly attacks.
Pat Smith later said she wants Hillary in jail.
Judicial Watch Says The State Department has been Providing “Inaccurate and Incomplete” Responses to Requests for Emails & other Documents involving Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
HOW IS HILLARY CLINTON RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT AND NOT BEHIND BARS?
Judicial Watch states that the State Department has been providing “inaccurate and incomplete” responses to requests for emails and other documents involving former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Imagine that? An Obama government agency not providing a watch dog group accurate and complete responses to material that a court says they they are entitled to protect We the People. What a joke government has become. It is no longer about “of by and for the people” but instead about power grabs, maintaining power and covering their asses. It is pathetic to think that an individual who has been caught red handed doing something illegal and is being investigated by the FBI is actually running for the presidential nomination of a major political party and leading. How could America possible allow an individual so corrupt to be President?
The State Department has been providing “inaccurate and incomplete” responses to requests for emails and other documents involving former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a watchdog says in a new report released Thursday.
The 29-page IG report says the leadership of the State Department “has not played a meaningful role in overseeing or reviewing the quality” of the responses to requests for documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
As a result, requests from organizations such as The Associated Press, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and Judicial Watch have been mishandled in various ways, the IG said.
In one example, CREW asked for records in 2012 that would show the number of email accounts held by then-Secretary Clinton. While senior staffers at the department regularly corresponded with her on her private account and her chief of staff was made aware of the request, the State Department replied that there were “no records responsive” to the query.
The response to CREW came in May 2013 — three months after Clinton had left office.
At other times, the IG said, media organizations have put in nearly identical requests for documents, only to receive different sets of records in response.
In 2015, Clinton’s use of a private email server emerged as a flashpoint in the presidential race, with Republicans using it to attack her candidacy. A federal court judge ordered the State Department to release 55,000 pages of Clinton’s emails last May as a result of a lawsuit filed by Vice News.
“The Department had a preexisting process in place to handle the tens of thousands of requests it received annually, and that established process was followed by the Secretary and her staff throughout her tenure,” Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon told The Washington Post.
The IG said it has a separate report forthcoming on the “preservation requirements” that apply to former and current secretaries of State and the department’s “efforts to recover federal records from personal accounts.”
NSA Targeting of Israeli Leaders also Swept up the Content of Private Conversations with U.S. Lawmakers … The Hell with Liberties
WELCOME TO OBAMA IN WONDERLAND …
From the WSJ – U.S. Spy Net on Israel Snares Congress … National Security Agency’s targeting of Israeli leaders also swept up the content of private conversations with U.S. lawmakers. What else would you expect from the anti-liberty president? Barack Obama wound negotiate with Iran, yet spy on an ally like Israel. Isn’t it quite remarkable just how screwed up America has become under Obama as Obama had NSA spy on Israel during Iran nuclear deal negotiations. The hell with the fact that Obama was dealing with state sponsored terrorism and nuclear talks, lets spy on Israel to see how they might react.
It kind of makes you wonder who Barack Obama considers a friend and who he considers a foe. Obama promised to transform America and that is what he has done thanks to Americas voting this dangerous clown back into office. This is not the first time Obama has used government agencies against We the People … can you say IRS-gate of which has been completely swept under the carpet.
President Barack Obama announced two years ago he would curtail eavesdropping on friendly heads of state after the world learned the reach of long-secret U.S. surveillance programs.
But behind the scenes, the White House decided to keep certain allies under close watch, current and former U.S. officials said. Topping the list was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The U.S., pursuing a nuclear arms agreement with Iran at the time, captured communications between Mr. Netanyahu and his aides that inflamed mistrust between the two countries and planted a political minefield at home when Mr. Netanyahu later took his campaign against the deal to Capitol Hill.
The National Security Agency’s targeting of Israeli leaders and officials also swept up the contents of some of their private conversations with U.S. lawmakers and American-Jewish groups. That raised fears—an “Oh-s— moment,” one senior U.S. official said—that the executive branch would be accused of spying on Congress.
White House officials believed the intercepted information could be valuable to counter Mr. Netanyahu’s campaign. They also recognized that asking for it was politically risky. So, wary of a paper trail stemming from a request, the White House let the NSA decide what to share and what to withhold, officials said. “We didn’t say, ‘Do it,’ ” a senior U.S. official said. “We didn’t say, ‘Don’t do it.’ ”
According to liberal logic, this makes Obama an anti-Semite.
President Obama announced two years ago that he would stop eavesdropping on leaders of U.S. allies, after the world learned the reach of long-secret U.S. surveillance programs. According to The Wall Street Journal, this meant an end to spying on French President François Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and other North Atlantic Treaty Organization leaders.
However, Israel apparently failed to make Obama’s list of true allies. The Journal reports that the NSA continued routinely to intercept the communications of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and send them to White House officials for dissection.
And that’s not all. Spying on Netanyahu reportedly led to eavesdropping on members of Congress and leaders of American Jewish organization with whom the Israeli prime minister and his government communicated.
Originally, the stated justification for spying on Netanyahu was fear that he would attack Iran without first warning the U.S. However, by 2013, U.S. intelligence agencies had determined that Israel wasn’t going to strike Iran, so the rationale shifted. Now, Team Obama wanted to know whether Israel had learned of secret negotiations between the U.S. and Iran.
Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas Calls Hillary Clinton “An Idiot” And “A Liar” For Use Of Private Email Server
How is someone who is a liar, an idiot, and shows such a lack of judgement fit to run for president, let alone be president?
During an interview on on 1440 KEYS radio in Corpus Christi, TX, Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) stated that Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state shows she is “an idiot” and “a liar too.” Rep. Farenthold went on to say that her use of a private email server showed an incredible “lack of judgement,” saying her emails contained clearly labeled classified and sensitive information that was vulnerable to hacking.
But when it comes to Democrats and Hillary Clinton, what difference does it make. They are afforded a pass by the media. So as the GOP presidential primary debates go on and its all but silly season with the foolish moderator questions trying to do nothing but cause a food fight, Hillary gets a pass. As the GOP candidates are questioned on their every move, what the said or might have said and their opinions of what Donald Trump said that day that sucked up all the political oxygen in the room that day for the MSM, Hillary Clinton gets a pass.
Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas says Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state shows she is “an idiot” and “a liar too.”
“Hillary Clinton and her media machine try to dismiss but anybody who understands anything about how email works — and this is millennials in particular who grew up on the Internet — know that you’re an idiot to keep sensitive information on a server in your house,” Farenthold said on 1440 KEYS radio in Corpus Christi. [...]
“To think that Mrs. Clinton could secure something like that in her home is ludicrous,” he continued.
The Texas congressman noted he thought it showed an incredible “lack of judgement,” saying her emails contained clearly labeled classified and sensitive information that was vulnerable to hacking.
“It’s more evidence that just like President Obama, Hillary Clinton is a liar too,” he concluded.
Sorry folks, I have worked for government contracts in the past and if I had done 1/4th of what Hillary Clinton did, I would have been fired and criminally charged.
Email Shows Pentagon Offered ‘Forces that Could Move to Benghazi’ Immediately During the Deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate
LIARS … HERE IS A STORY THAT THE LIBERAL MSM HAS DECIDED NOT TO COVER TO PROTECT HILLARY CLINTON’s A$$ …
What the hell is it with emails and Hillary Clinton? From the Washington Free Beacon comes the following bombshell story that the MSM refuses to cover. Newly released emails, thanks to a FOIA from Judicial Watch, show that senior Defense Department official offered the State Department “forces that could move to Benghazi” immediately during the deadly 2012 attack there on the American consulate. You remember, the 2012 terror attack that the Obama administration lied about where both Obama and Hillary Clinton blamed the attack on a video tape and where four Americans, including the murder of Ambassador Stevens. So now it appears that there were assets offered and were reasy to go to help those under attack and no one pulled the trigger to make this op a go. UNREAL, but why should we not be surprised? They had assets in place to help those in distress in Benghazi as they were under attacks from terrorists and did nothing. Not only that, they lied to the America people that this even was the case.
Bash’s email seems to directly contradict testimony given by then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta before the Senate Armed Services Committee in February 2013. LISTEN TO HIS LIES, HERE (VIDEO). Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have a lot of explaining to do and it is sickening that the media refuses to hold their feet to the fire where Americans were slaughtered just because of their political leanings. Simply disgusting!!!
Newly released emails show that a senior Defense Department official offered the State Department “forces that could move to Benghazi” immediately during the deadly 2012 attack there on the American consulate.
Jeremy Bash, the former Pentagon chief of staff, offered to provide forces at 7:19 p.m. on the evening of the attack, “only hours after they had begun,” according to Judicial Watch, which disclosed the email on Tuesday.
“We have identified the forces that could move to Benghazi. They are spinning up as we speak,” Bash wrote.
Portions of the email remain redacted by the Obama administration.
“The Obama administration redacted the details of the military forces available, oddly citing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) exemption that allows the withholding of ‘deliberative process’ information,” according to Judicial Watch.
The newly disclosed email contradicts testimony to Congress by Obama administration officials who cited the inability to immediately provide forces in response to the attack.
Judicial Watch press release: New Benghazi Email Shows DOD Offered State Department “Forces that Could Move to Benghazi” Immediately – Specifics Blacked Out in New Document.
Judicial Watch today released a new Benghazi email from then-Department of Defense Chief of Staff Jeremy Bash to State Department leadership immediately offering “forces that could move to Benghazi” during the terrorist attack on the U.S. Special Mission Compound in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. In an email sent to top Department of State officials, at 7:19 p.m. ET, only hours after the attack had begun, Bash says, “we have identified the forces that could move to Benghazi. They are spinning up as we speak.” The Obama administration redacted the details of the military forces available, oddly citing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) exemption that allows the withholding of “deliberative process” information.
Bash’s email seems to directly contradict testimony given by then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta before the Senate Armed Services Committee in February 2013. Defending the Obama administration’s lack of military response to the nearly six-hour-long attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Panetta claimed that “time, distance, the lack of an adequate warning, events that moved very quickly on the ground prevented a more immediate response.”
The first assault occurred at the main compound at about 9:40 pm local time – 3:40 p.m. ET in Washington, DC. The second attack on a CIA annex 1.2 miles away began three hours later, at about 12 am local time the following morning – 6 p.m. ET.