Newly released emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server show that the secretary of state was worried that people weren’t buying the Administration’s blaming of events at Benghazi, Libya, on an obscure YouTube video and that she knew that a terrorist group was really to blame.
Less than two weeks after four Americans, including an ambassador, were killed in Benghazi, Clinton was apparently worried enough that one of her aides had to compile a memo including all her quotes about the events just to reassure her that she hadn’t actually misled the public.
“You never said spontaneous or characterized the motives,” Jake Sullivan wrote. “In fact you were careful in your first statement to say we were assessing motive and method. The way you treated the video in the Libya context was to say that some sought to *justify* the attack on that basis.”
It’s a good rule of thumb that if someone has to tell you how you technically didn’t lie, you probably lied.
And I’m sure it will come as a surprise, but Clinton also lied during her October 22 testimony before the Select Committee on Benghazi when she said she didn’t receive any updates via her unsecured email server on the night of the attacks, as some of the newly released emails show.
During her testimony, Clinton claimed she only used secured telephones or other secure means to communicate from her home during the events of Benghazi.
The biggest doozy, however, is this: Clinton also testified that she was unaware that some of the emails she received from Sydney Blumenthal, a longtime informal adviser, were actually written by former intelligence officer Tyler Drumheller.
Some of the new emails show that she received emails clearly marked as written by Drumheller, including one the day after the attack in which he states that the ambassador was killed by “Islamist militia forces” and he names Ansar al-Sharia. The memo goes on to discuss the Internet video but says that demonstrations were only a cover for the terrorist group.
That was the same day that Clinton said in a press conference, “Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior, along with the protest that took place at our Embassy in Cairo yesterday, as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet.”
It was one day before she spoke at length about the video in statements at the U.S.-Morocco Strategic Dialogue, where she said:
“I also want to take a moment to address the video circulating on the Internet that has led to these protests in a number of countries. Let me state very clearly — and I hope it is obvious — that the United States Government had absolutely nothing to do with this video. We absolutely reject its content and message. America’s commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. And as you know, we are home to people of all religions, many of whom came to this country seeking the right to exercise their own religion, including, of course, millions of Muslims. And we have the greatest respect for people of faith. To us, to me personally, this video is disgusting and reprehensible. It appears to have a deeply cynical purpose: to denigrate a great religion and to provoke rage. But as I said yesterday, there is no justification, none at all, for responding to this video with violence. We condemn the violence that has resulted in the strongest terms, and we greatly appreciate that many Muslims in the United States and around the world have spoken out on this issue. Violence, we believe, has no place in religion and is no way to honor religion. Islam, like other religions, respects the fundamental dignity of human beings, and it is a violation of that fundamental dignity to wage attacks on innocents.”
More damning is the fact that the memo points out that Ansar al-Sharia was led by elements of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, one of the groups involved in the U.S.-coordinated overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi. Further undermining the narrative about the video, the memo states that the attack was believed to have been planned for at least a month.
These latest emails aren’t the first to show that the Administration knew that Benghazi was the result of terrorists’ actions, but they prove that Clinton, who is running for president, knew the facts about Benghazi and deliberately spun a web of lies overplaying the video and hiding the fact that a known terrorist group was involved, apparently at least in part with the Administration’s ongoing agenda to promote Islam and probably to cover up the connection between the Administration’s Libyan coup and terrorist mercenaries.