In two otherwise pathetic performances by Republican congressmen – save for a few exceptions – who laid down like subjects in front of Queen Hillary, there were two exchanges – one during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing and the other during the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing – where the Secretary of State may have committed perjury.
First up, perhaps the best performance from any of the members of either committee. Rand Paul (R-KY) didn’t just tell Clinton she should have been fired, and would have been had Paul been president during the Benghazi attacks. He also asked her a question she denied knowing the answer to. Her claim of ignorance strains credulity.
Moreover, when someone says she doesn’t know something when she does, it’s still a lie.
This entire exchange is worth watching, to include Hillary’s body language when Paul says he would have fired her, but pay attention beginning at the 2:17 mark. Here is the portion of that excerpt transcribed:
Paul: …Is the United States involved with an procuring of weapons, transfer of weapons, buying, selling, anyhow transferring weapons to Turkey out of Libya?
Clinton: To Turkey? I will have to take that question for the record. Nobody’s ever raised that with me.
Paul: It’s been in news reports that ships have been leaving from Libya and that they may have weapons, and what I would like to know is, the annex that was close by – were they involved with procuring, buying, selling weapons, and are these weapons being transferred to other countries? Any countries, Turkey included?
Clinton: Well Senator, you’ll have to direct that question to the agency that ran the Annex. I will see what information is available…
Paul: You’re saying you don’t know?
Clinton: I do not know. I have no information on that.
Did you catch her ultimate response? Her answer to the ‘yes’ or ‘no’ question about whether the CIA Annex was being used as a hub for weapons trafficking was, ‘I don’t know’. The Accountability Review Board (ARB) that Clinton herself commissioned to investigate the failures of Benghazi found the State Department most responsible, right?
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Shouldn’t the question about whether the Annex was being used to traffic weapons have been answered by the ARB? Wasn’t it the group’s job to investigate the attacks? Wouldn’t it only demonstrate further incompetence for the ARB not to make that determination, one way or the other?
That aside, is the American public supposed to believe that more than four months after the attacks, Clinton had no interest in ascertaining the answer to such a question, despite news reports that made the claim? At no point, did she or one of her subordinates seek to find out if there was any validity to those reports? If she did not seek out that information, why didn’t she do so?
Another possibility is that Clinton knows full well, the answer to the question. If the answer was ‘no’, what harm would there be in her answering it that way? If the answer was ‘yes’ and she knew that, one can conclude that the reason to portray ignorance would be to cover up wrongdoing. Otherwise, why commit perjury?
There is something else to take note of here and it’s a common reaction by people who are confronted with uncomfortable truths. An attempt is made to diminish the credibility of the messenger. Hillary’s initial reaction to Paul’s question is to repeat the word ‘Turkey’ as if it was a question completely out of left field and foreign to her. By appearing surprised, Paul can be painted as a lone voice with an obscure theory.
Nonetheless, her ultimate answer means we are to believe that she has no idea whether the CIA Annex was involved in weapons trafficking.
If she does know, she committed perjury by saying she didn’t.
Later in the day, Clinton appeared in front of the House Foreign Affairs Committee to testify on the same subject – the Benghazi attacks. Take note beginning at the 5:10 mark. Here is the relevant portion of her response to a series of questions from Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL):
Clinton: With respect to the video, I did not say that it was about the video for Libya. It certainly was for many of the other places where we were watching these disturbances.
Check out the statement about the Benghazi attacks – from Hillary herself – on 9/11 (h/t Terence P. Jeffrey at CNS News). It said, in part:
Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. The United States deplores any international effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.
Here is a screenshot of the statement (note it says ‘Statement on the Attack in Benghazi’ at the top):