REPORTS STATE CLINTON “ANXIOUS” TO TELL WHAT SHE KNOWS ABOUT BENGHAZI
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jan. 9, 2013) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton returned to work on Monday after having reportedly been ill for several weeks beginning with a stomach flu and ending with a blood clot.
Clinton indicated that she would work for several more weeks before her expected departure, after which she intends to assist in a transition for Sen. John Kerry if he is confirmed by the Senate. She had been expected to testify on December 20, 2012, but she was said to have fallen ill after a trip to Ireland concluded after December 7. At that time, her testimony was reported to be open to the public.
It has been reported that Clinton will be considered “healthy enough” to provide testimony to congressional committees on January 22 on the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2012 attack on the Benghazi, Libya outpost which resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador. Republicans in the Senate have stated that they will not hold hearings on Kerry’s fitness for the position until Clinton testifies. However, Kerry appears to expect to be confirmed, as he has begun acquiring documents from the State Department.
January 22 is the day after Obama is expected to be re-inaugurated. Questions still exist about his constitutional eligibility to serve, and a case alleging his use of a stolen Social Security number and forged birth certificates has been scheduled for conference by the U.S. Supreme Court on February 15, 2013.
Top private corporate donors to Obama’s second inauguration include Microsoft Corporation and Soros Fund Management, for $254,000 and 250,000, respectively.
Katie Pavlich at Townhall.com has reported that the State Department spent $70,000 in Pakistan to run advertisements apologizing for the anti-Islam video which was first named as the cause of a protest which allegedly turned violent. Four Americans were killed after the outpost was set on fire and was hit by mortars hurled by Islamic extremists. Many Republicans and Democrats had denounced the State Department and United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice for adhering to the claim that the deaths and destruction were caused by the video when the intelligence community had said that it knew it was an act of terror.
Fox News had reported that someone gave an order to “stand down” to the U.S. military after two of the men killed, who had been working for the CIA at the time, had requested intervention. Two military drones flew overhead as the attack unfolded and reportedly took footage of the attack, and emails released anonymous by a State Department source revealed that members of the White House staff, the State Department, FBI and CIA were aware that a terrorist attack had occurred almost immediately.
The Post & Email had submitted a FOIA request for the 911 call presumably made on Clinton’s behalf, as it was originally reported that she suffered a fall and concussion at the State Department. The request was denied on the grounds that it was an invasion of personal privacy. An appeal filed with the mayor of Washington, DC two weeks ago has not received a response. There is no evidence to date that Clinton was taken to a hospital following her alleged fall and head injury.
Cabinet members who have notified Obama that they will resign are Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. It was unclear until Obama named former Sen. Chuck Hagel as his choice for Defense Secretary that Panetta was leaving, as following the 2012 election, he had indicated that there were “a number of important defense issues awaiting resolution.”
Reports suggest that Jackson resigned with the expectation that Obama will ultimately approve the Keystone XL pipeline which was formerly waylaid by the regime. Others say that her resignation was tendered because she and others in her department used email accounts with fake names, hers having been “Richard Windsor.” Attorney Chris Horner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) said on “The Santelli Exchange” that he has asked for emails sent from the fake accounts, which he claimed reveal that Jackson had intended to stay for a second Obama term if he were re-elected. Horner filed a lawsuit to obtain the emails, and the EPA Inspector General is investigating.
After speaking with State Department staff, Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee reported that he senses that Clinton is “anxious to testify” about the Benghazi matter. The scheduling of Clinton’s appearance is John Kerry’s decision as chairman of the committee.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.