Yesterday’s hearing in the House on Benghazi exposed the shame of the ironically named, Accountability Review Board aka ARB on Benghazi. Here’s Sharyl Attkisson’s report:
What the hearing made clear is that there was zero accountability. Moreover, this was an inside job under the control of Hillary Clinton.
Among the revelations:
*Secretary of State Hillary Clinton handpicked the two leaders of the ARB who were given the job of investigating her department.
*Cheryl Mills, the chief of staff and senior counselor to Secretary Clinton, was intimately involved with the ARB panel from the beginning. She called the leaders at Clinton’s behest to ask them to serve, she was briefed regularly on the investigation as it unfolded and she received a draft copy of the report before it was finalized.
*Several senior Clinton advisers were provided draft copies of the ARB report before it was released to the public.
*The vice chairman of the ARB testified that he called Mills to warn her that an impending appearance of Charlene Lamb before Congress would be problematic for the State Department. Lamb had done poorly in her interview with the ARB, Mullen said, and he called Mills because he was worried that a poor performance before Congress would cause problems for the State Department and its leadership. When Representative Jim Jordan asked Mullen if he would have placed the call to Mills if Lamb had performed well, he said no.
This is so typical of the State Department. The people at the top of the food chain–Hillary Clinton and Patrick Kennedy–tried to shift the blame for the failure to provide necessary security to our Embassy in Tripoli and the outpost in Benghazi to lower level employees. But anyone who has worked at the Department, as I have, knows that decisions about security measures on a sensitive, high profile policy post like Libya are submitted to the Under Secretary for Management (Kennedy) and the Secretary of State for their approval or disapproval.
It is shameful and pathetic that a distinguished diplomat like Pickering and a career military officer like Mullen would be part to a sham investigation. Yesterday’s hearing made it very clear–that is exactly what happened. Politics took precedence over sound security and accountability.