The House Select Committee on Benghazi is trying to get to the truth. Led by Chairman Trey Gowdy, this committee has been thwarted at every turn by a hostile administration, a secretive Hillary Clinton, and a wall of bureaucracy and baffling policy. While American await answers, politicians are playing games. Is it all part of an elaborate coverup? Or is Gowdy’s inquiry merely exposing a deep vein of incompetence in the State Department?
Someone is lying, that much is certain. Former Secretary of State Clinton announced in March that she had turned over all emails of Libyan relevance. “The State Department,” she said, “will be able, over time, to release all of the records that were provided.”
It’s worth pausing here for a recap. That Clinton is deceitful is a settled issue. Were it not for Gowdy, we would have never known that she was using a private email account – a private server, for that matter – to conduct official government business. And since Clinton has declared that server off limits to congressional investigators, we only have her word when it comes to which emails were released. That and $7 can get you a coffee at Starbucks.
If she is telling the truth, then it is her cohorts at the State Department who are lying. To his credit, Gowdy knew something was fishy from the get-go. “There are gaps of months and months and months,” he said upon perusing the record.
State Department officials insisted that they had turned over all Clinton correspondence relating to Libya. Clinton insisted that she had given the State Department everything she had. together, they waved away Gowdy’s suspicions as if they were no more important than an annoying gnat. Gaps or no gaps, that’s all you dastardly Republicans are getting.
It might have made for a good, double-team defense strategy had it not been for the testimony of the surprisingly-forthcoming Sidney Blumenthal. Under congressional subpoena, the long-time Clinton friend turned over a new set of emails he had exchanged with the former secretary. Emails that were not previously in the record. How could that be, Gowdy wondered, when both Clinton and the State Department promised full disclosure?
And to that question, there appear to be no available answers. Clinton certainly isn’t speaking to the matter, and the State Department’s official responses have been cloaked in so much confusion that it would take a linguist to make sense of them. It would not be a great stretch of the imagination to condemn both parties for their determined attempt to thwart this investigation.
Will we ever get to the truth? Not if Clinton and the Obama administration can help it. And if they are so dedicated to keeping the walls up, it’s incumbent on every American to ask why.