Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) clearly doesn’t want the truth about Benghazi made public. During an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, Feinstein compared the House Select Committee – not the actual attackers – to a ‘lynch mob’. As the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Feinstein would have been one of eight members of Congress who received a highly classified ‘annex’ to a bipartisan U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report (SSCI) released earlier this year, according to veteran journalist Seymour Hersh.
First, here is Feinstein being a bit melodramatic about why she opposes the Benghazi investigation, using a term to describe House Select Committee investigators that far more accurately describes the Benghazi attackers:
The contents of classified annex could go a long way in explaining why Feinstein wants Benghazi to go away as much as Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) wants the IRS investigations to stop. Principally, that would be about not being ensnared by said investigation.
As relayed by Shoebat.com, here is what that annex is allegedly about:
A highly classified annex to the (SSCI) report, not made public, described a secret agreement reached in early 2012 between the Obama and Erdoğan administrations. It pertained to the rat line. By the terms of the agreement, funding came from Turkey, as well as Saudi Arabia and Qatar; the CIA, with the support of MI6, was responsible for getting arms from Gaddafi’s arsenals into Syria. A number of front companies were set up in Libya, some under the cover of Australian entities. Retired American soldiers, who didn’t always know who was really employing them, were hired to manage procurement and shipping. The operation was run by David Petraeus, the CIA director who would soon resign when it became known he was having an affair with his biographer. (A spokesperson for Petraeus denied the operation ever took place.)
The denials of Petraeus’ spokesperson notwithstanding, that level of detail certainly comports with the previous reporting of the very credible Catherine Herridge, relayed by Shoebat.com and an admission by Speaker of the House John Boehner, who one year before the SSCI report was released, conceded that weapons were being shipped out of Benghazi to Turkey.
As was the SSCI committee and report bipartisan, so were the eight recipients of the alleged ‘highly classified annex’. The House Select Committee that is being chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) must be as well. One way to do this would be to depose, subpoena or otherwise get the testimony of the eight recipients who would have received said ‘annex’ in addition to the former CIA Director who reportedly led the operation that sent weapons to Syria.
Recipients of Annex according to Hersh:
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI)
House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD)
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
Getting the testimony of all those individuals in addition to that of Petraeus about the issue of weapons trafficking from Benghazi would truly be bipartisan.