May 8th, 2013
10:16 AM ET
12 months ago

Fireworks expected in Benghazi whistle-blower hearing

Washington (CNN) – The Obama administration's handling of the aftermath of the Benghazi terror attack has long sparked outrage from Republicans on Capitol Hill and fueled conspiracy theories on talk shows and across the blogosphere.

And those sparks are likely touch off fireworks Wednesday, when three current State Department employees are expected to contradict their leadership in testimony before Republican Rep. Darrell Issa's oversight committee.

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  1. Sniffit

    ""I think everybody in the mission thought it was a terrorist attack from the beginning,""

    Which, at that time, was conjecture because they didn't have the facts. Hindsight is 20/20...yippee.

    May 8, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  2. Wake up People!

    Just wondering..... Will impeachment proceedings begin today or tomorrow??

    May 8, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  3. GUESSED

    Until you drag george and dick in, i could care less,, this is a slap in the face to the parents of 4500 dead soldiers who want the same answers these families do. in my opinion, your losing credibility here, unless hillary made the call to attack, i dont see whats to gain here, i know what they are trying to ddo, bring shame of any sort on hillary, these gop are scared to death of her, with good reason

    May 8, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  4. Michael Trainor

    Please, can we drop the word "blogosphere"?

    May 8, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  5. Data Driven

    Fireworks? I expect partisan hackery. No Democrats on the committee, if this story is correct. Well, it will keep McCain and his kept-boy Graham too busy to rattle sabers at North Korea and Syria for a few Sunday chat-shows, one hopes.

    May 8, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    "And those sparks are likely touch off fireworks Wednesday, when three current State Department employees are expected to contradict their leadership in testimony before Republican Rep. Darrell Issa's oversight committee."

    Yeah. I hear we are going to be told that Susan Rice mislead the country. And this is going to be Obama's "Watergate" .... and well ... a whole lot of other stuff we didn't already hear about over and over again from Hannity's fanbase over at FOX News.

    Fact is, Benghazi was a tragedy just as there have been so many other awful incidents played out against the US throughout our history and democracy ... no matter who was "president" at the time.

    Woulda, shoulda, coulda has no place in the death of these four people who died for their country. A political witchhunt doesn't help either ... and never will.

    May 8, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. Republicans rule Obama

    The truth matters, we owe it to the families of the victims, and to assure this does not happen again.

    May 8, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. sonny chapman

    Will Bin Laden's name come up today ? How about the REAL 9-11 ? Or WMDs? Or MISSION ACCOMPLISHED ? Or Tora Bora ? Or "Going In Light" ? Or Non-Armored Humvees ? Or State NATIONAL GUARD in Front Line Combat ?

    May 8, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. Sniffit

    Why is CNN deliberately leaving out that Victoria Toensing and Joseph diGenova (married) are lawyers claiming to represent some of these "whistle blowers." They have storied histories pushing false claims in the media that eventually get debunked and for having conflicts of interest in their professional work. They've served as advisors to Republican candidates and donated thousands of dollars to GOP candidates and causes, and were caught for conflicts of interest for serving in a dual role in separate Justice Department investigations and for dropping "the air of impartiality, non-partisanship, and professionalism required" by their roles as leaders of a congressional investigation. Toensing is the one who circulated unsubstantiated claims on Faux News that the administration was somehow "threatening" one of the whistleblowers. Both served as advisors to Romney in 2008. The represented Gingrich's wife when Gingrich was charged with ethics violations. They represented Dan Burton (R-IN) when he was charged with demanding campaign contributions from a lobbyist for Pakistan. Toensing used national TV spots to attempt to link Patraeus' resignation to Benghazi (and oh how that turned out wrong). She also publicly pushed the rumor that Plame's CIA status was "well known on the DC cocktail circuit" and "was not covert status" (again, proven wrong). They received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Republican congress during the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal for a supposed outside investigation. They demanded that their client, Scooter Libby, receive a pardon. This isn't meaningless information...it matters...these kinds of things show absolute, definite bias and, more importantly, an agenda that they are trying to serve. That they suddenly show up representing people at yet another Republican-led show-trial kangaroo-court hearing that Republicans are obviously hoping will let them manufacture an justification for impeachment proceedings is NOT trivial. Sweeping it under the rug is clearly unacceptable, CNN.

    May 8, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. Al-NY,NY

    the righties are just slobbering at this.....they can't wait to call for impeachment. They have their heads so far up "something" that they actually think this will FINALLY bring the mooslim soshulist down and take Hillary with him. Unfortunately for them, their dreams will once again be shattered but let them slobber for a while. It's always entertaining

    May 8, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. GUESSED

    What about dick cheney? certainly four thousand is more controversial than four. one was an accident, the other pre meditated, one caused by many circumstances, one for greed, who is the real criminal here? who had bad intent? have your whitch hunt, ive still got my vote, and no dog and pony show will change that.accident versus intent. nobrainer, and why did we not have this strong of conviction about iraq?

    May 8, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. Cephus

    Lives were lost here!! May the truth be known but let's stop pointing fingers until the investigations are over. Only then we can roast someone.

    May 8, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. tennred

    I love the smell of fear in the morning

    May 8, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. Sniffit

    Two names CNN will avoid like the plague with this whole story because IOKIYAR: DiGenova and Toensing.

    Sweep it all under the rug with the rest of it, right CNN?

    May 8, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  15. GUESSED

    Sonny, i agree, they look like fools, and i dont care until george and dick face the same scrutiny, which aint gonna happen. how are four deaths more important than four thousand. this is 100% bs. i have zero respect for someone ignoring a war for contracts, while politics are more improtant. this is disgusting

    May 8, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. GUESSED

    @Republiccans rule, dont the families of the dead killed in iraq and afghan deserve the truth?, or just the deaths that you can blame obama and hillary for, please explain why they dont matter, but these four do. waiting

    May 8, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  17. Lynn

    I would rather have the truth. Those families of the victims deserve no less.

    May 8, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  18. g

    what about 4000 plus Iraq oil war-

    May 8, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  19. SuperD

    The administration openly lied to the American people. Obama and Clinton are not fit to lead. Especially Clinton and you fools want this pompous over-rated buffoon to be our next President!

    I want Hillary's mug nailed to the wall on this! Don't give we the W and Cheney crap, totally different!

    May 8, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  20. Guest

    Thank you Lynn, thats what most of America wants, the truth! It is shameful to see what the DEMS have done and the comments by their traiterous following of fools.

    May 8, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  21. Data Driven

    Great post about diGenova and Toensing, Sniffit. Educational. More proof, if any were needed, that this investigation is just a partisan hack-job.

    May 8, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  22. rs

    we'll no doubt see Republican produced drama and faux anger about the Bengahzi events to be sure. What folks tuning in need to remember is this:
    1. Consular and Embassy security is the job of the host nation.
    2. our closest contingent of large military might (includung the jets Republicans claim would have solved everything) were in Italy.
    3. The nearest CIA/State Dept. personnel were more than 1.5 miles away on the gound and had to walk to the Consulate because of the demonstrations that were going on.

    Republicans are trying to gin up something here while conveniently ignoring the 12 consular and Embassy attacks that occured under Bush- that resulted in 55 deaths- and THEY said nothing. Never mind their whole denial of the Iraq debacle and the hundreds of thousand of civilina deaths that little misadventure caused. Lets also not forget who cut the State Department Security budget.

    Diplomatic work is almost every bit as dangerous as military work abroad- and harder in some ways because it involves discussion, disagreement and negotiation- not arms. The brave men and women of the State Department know this and deserve to be treated better than political pawns of the GOP. But then again- when has the GOP really ever cared about real people.

    May 8, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  23. Mack

    Interesting that they are putting so much effort into trying to blame the attack on Obama and Hillary instead of putting the blame where it bleongs...on the attackers. Where is the outrage against the people who did this? Republicans are vile creatures and Issa should be in jail.
    They should put this much effort into creating jobs.

    May 8, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  24. rs

    Republicans rule Obama

    The truth matters, we owe it to the families of the victims, and to assure this does not happen again.
    ________________________________
    To some extent you are right. We can learn about security needs at offices in war-torn nations- and probably return the funds to the State Department to makesecurity and manpower happen. However, diplomatic custom dictates we are guests on foreign soil and there are limits to the amount of personnel and weaponry we can have on hand. We are at the mercy (to some extent) of the host nation to protect our diplomats (and the diplomats of other nations)- a task apparently beyond the capabilities of the nascent free Libya.

    May 8, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  25. rs

    Guest

    Thank you Lynn, thats what most of America wants, the truth! It is shameful to see what the DEMS have done and the comments by their traiterous following of fools.
    ____________________________
    Glad to see you have an open mind going in, Guest.

    May 8, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
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