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“I’m not familiar with this notion that anybody has been blocked from testifying,” Obama said. “So what I’ll do is I will find out exactly what you’re referring to.”
The next day he sent Carney out to brush off the story.
“Benghazi happened a long time ago,” Carney said. “We are unaware of any agency blocking an employee who would like to appear before Congress to provide information related to Benghazi.”
Carney’s credibility with me is low. When he was a Time magazine reporter, he favorably compared Rich Daley of Chicago to the fictional Sheriff Andy Taylor of Mayberry.
Toensing said that the questions to the president about blocking testimony weren’t properly framed.
“The question was not asked precisely enough, so he was allowed to wiggle out of it,” she said. “The issue is why won’t the State Department provide a process for clearing lawyers so that I can talk to my client and get classified information.
“It’s a Catch-22,” Toensing said. “My client is not allowed to provide classified information, and in order to tell the complete story, she or he must be able to provide me that classified information. But unless the State Department blesses that arrangement and says I’m cleared to hear it, my client is violating the law.”
Obama and Clinton spoke beautiful words at the funerals for the four killed in Benghazi. They promised survivors that they would get to the bottom of things.
Later, of course, after the video story exploded, a defensive Clinton testified before Congress and made her immortal statement:
“With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest, or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d they go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make?”
If you’re a politician, not much.
As to the four who died in Benghazi, I don’t know their politics. I don’t suppose you care how they voted, either. There is only one aspect of their politics that matters. They were Americans.
And they deserve better than this.
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