Simple answer: Until you come clean, Grandma. You can smell the fear and paranoia.
The House Select Committee on Benghazi is a “charade,” Hillary Clinton’s campaign charges in a new video blasting the committee for wasting taxpayer money on politics.
“The Benghazi Select Committee is spending $8,000 a day in taxpayer money to keep digging,” the video says in on-screen text.
“How long will Republicans keep spending tax dollars on this political charade?”
Wow, a whole $8,000 a day? What’s that, the equivalent of 30 seconds of a Granny Clinton speech?
The video, released by the campaign’s rapid response website, cobbles together clips almost exclusively from Fox News where anchors comment on the story or question politicians on the committee’s motivations. The only piece from another network, MSNBC, shows Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart on MSNBC arguing that the investigation has proved conspiracy theories over the 2012 attacks that killed four Americans to be false.
The Fox News anchors point out that the committee’s report will be delayed until the election year of 2016, and ask committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) why questions to former Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal about her 2008 campaign were “relevant.”
When asked whether he knows more about the attacks now after hearing from Blumenthal, Gowdy says on Fox News that “No, but I never expected Sidney Blumenthal to be able to tell me that anyway.”
It’s the second video released by the team as part of its push back against criticism of Clinton. The first installment took on a controversial book that accused her of favoritism in the donations her family foundation has provided.
A spokesman for the committee has not yet returned a request for comment about the video.
Why should they bother responding to this pathetic video? Coming on the heels of the release of more of her emails, this is certainly impeccable timing. This pathetic ploy comes just as the State Department asserts privilege against releasing her emails. Sure seems like they’ve got something to hide.
The State Department has informed the House Select Committee on Benghazi that it is withholding “a small number” of documents from investigators on the basis of “important executive branch institutional interests.” The statement, made in a letter from Assistant Secretary of State Julia Frifield to committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, amounts to a de facto claim of some form of executive branch privilege.
Frifield made the claim in a letter turning over 3,600 pages of Benghazi-related documents from three current and former administration officials: Susan Rice, Jake Sullivan, and Cheryl Mills. Rice, a former United Nations ambassador, is now national security adviser, while Sullivan and Mills are close aides to Hillary Clinton who worked at the department when she was secretary of state.
The State Department has long insisted that it is fully cooperating with lawmakers investigating the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack. One might assume that with such a high level of cooperation, State would have long ago handed over all relevant documents. But that is apparently not the case.