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Lawmakers: CIA #2 Lied to Us About Benghazi
Weekly Standard ^ | 2/20/2014 | Stephen F. Hayes

Posted on 02/20/2014 4:15:22 PM PST by mojito

Two leading Republicans on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence say that Michael Morell, former deputy director and twice acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency, provided an account of his role on Benghazi that was often highly misleading and at times deliberately false.

“I went back and reviewed some of his testimony the other day and he’s gotten himself in a real box,” says Senator Saxby Chambliss, the highest-ranking Republican on the committee. “It’s really strange. I’ve always thought Mike was a straight-up guy, gave us good briefings—factual, straightforward. I mean, this has really been strange the last few weeks—all this now being uncovered.”

At issue is the central role Morell played in producing the Obama administration’s flawed talking points about the fatal attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11, 2012, and the misleading answers he provided to lawmakers who investigated them.

The allegations of misconduct are serious. In the “additional views” portion of the recent Senate Intelligence Committee report, six Republican members accuse Morell of lying in sworn testimony to Congress. Several Republican senators tell The Weekly Standard that Morell misled them in one-on-one or small-group meetings about the talking points. Morell—now counselor to Beacon Global Strategies, a consultancy close to Hillary Clinton—did not respond to a request for comment.

(Excerpt) Read more at weeklystandard.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: benghazi; hillaryclinton; libya; lies; lying; michaelmorell; obama; saxbychambliss
Posted for those of you out there who still care about high crimes and misdemeanors, you know, like perjury.
1 posted on 02/20/2014 4:15:22 PM PST by mojito
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To: mojito

Good post.

I concede that Panetta has the forlorn, avuncular teddy-bear thing down pretty pat, but ya know what...?

I think he owes The People some answers, too.


2 posted on 02/20/2014 4:20:07 PM PST by gaijin
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To: mojito

Morell on left.

3 posted on 02/20/2014 4:22:36 PM PST by gaijin
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To: mojito

The video excuse has vanished. Why isn’t anyone asking why?


4 posted on 02/20/2014 4:23:08 PM PST by tractorman (I never miss a chance to tweak a liberal.)
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To: mojito

If Saxby is truly outraged and really cares, he’ll issue a new subpoena and drag Morrell’s ass back before his committee to clear up the matter under oath. If that doesn’t happen, he’s just blowing smoke. Georgians have gotten used to Chambliss’s smoke and mirrors, but I’m hoping he’ll make his last year in the Senate count. The country needs him to follow through on Benghazi.


5 posted on 02/20/2014 4:24:45 PM PST by Always A Marine
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To: tractorman
Because there's a new reality show depicting southerners as drunk morons.

And it's hilarious!

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6 posted on 02/20/2014 4:27:01 PM PST by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: mojito

Sounds like this is the guy who wrote the talking points.


7 posted on 02/20/2014 4:29:15 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: Always A Marine
The very end of the article makes it sound like they want to call Morell back.

We'll see if it happens.

I'm not holding my breath.

8 posted on 02/20/2014 4:33:52 PM PST by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: mojito
Too bad there isn't an app for truth because it sure would come in handy right about now.
9 posted on 02/20/2014 4:34:25 PM PST by tractorman (I never miss a chance to tweak a liberal.)
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To: colorado tanker
Yes, in “coordination” with 0’s WH people. The article gives a detailed account of the process about 3/4 of the way down:

” Perhaps the most serious charge against Morell comes in the “Additional Views” section of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on Benghazi. The authors, six Republican senators who sit on that panel, report for the first time that in his testimony on November 15, 2012, Morell “emphatically stated” that the talking points were provided to the White House “for their awareness, not for their coordination.”

That is not true, according to the 100 pages of emails between administration and intelligence officials released last May. In fact, in one of the emails that began the flurry of communication among top officials, a CIA spokesman tells a White House spokesman that the talking points are being provided to the White House “for coordination.” That email, sent on September 14 from the chief of media relations at the CIA to the White House’s National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor, reads: “You should be seeing some ‘White Paper’ talking points from us this afternoon for coordination.” Ben Rhodes, a top foreign policy and national security adviser to President Obama, was copied on the email. So from the very beginning, top White House officials were involved in coordinating the discussion of what would go into the talking points, with heavy input from senior officials at the State Department and the intelligence community.”

10 posted on 02/20/2014 4:38:07 PM PST by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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11 posted on 02/20/2014 4:46:21 PM PST by RedMDer
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To: gaijin

That photo should be titled “I’ve come to believe that the majority of Washington bureaucrats and politicians are homosexuals.”


12 posted on 02/20/2014 4:53:13 PM PST by MrBambaLaMamba (Obama - "I will stand with the Muslims")
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To: tractorman

And I haven’t seen anyone even ask what John Brennan was doing that night, or in the aftermath that followed. Yet he was the one brought it to clean up the mess. Would he be the one who ordered monthly polygraphs for the Benghazi survivors?, most of whom we’ve never heard!


13 posted on 02/20/2014 4:53:37 PM PST by T-Boy (Godspeed for our troops.)
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To: T-Boy
Excellent point. Why has no one heard from the survivors, ever?
14 posted on 02/20/2014 4:56:35 PM PST by tractorman (I never miss a chance to tweak a liberal.)
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To: mojito

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15 posted on 02/20/2014 4:58:30 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: mojito
Of course the WH was involved. My impression is nothing happens without Jarrett or her minions' approval. I must say, however, they are very good at keeping their fingerprints concealed.

This whole Benghazi thing makes me sick. The attack on the Africa Embassies was one of the linked serious of attacks that emboldened AQ to think they could successfully attack New York. And this feckless bunch of America-hating fools has us right back on that pre-911 path.

16 posted on 02/20/2014 5:00:21 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: mojito

Why haven’t the GOP gelded senators demanded this guy be indicted for perjury, or did he testify under the traitorous Demonrats’ fairy tale formula?


17 posted on 02/20/2014 5:00:27 PM PST by Carl Vehse
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To: mojito

The most disgraceful aspect of this episode, second only to the belligerent negligence of the part of the administration in allowing four honorable servants to be killed, is the video story. It frosts my bagel to no end to have these malicious prevaricators lie to our faces for days, expecting us to swallow their tale. Whatever shred of credibility this administration had with me prior - and that is not much to speak of - has been wholly discarded ever since. I do not believe a word coming out of this administration’s mouth on a single subject. They should be behind bars and publicly disgraced forever more. I will not forget this as long as I live.


18 posted on 02/20/2014 5:01:12 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew
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To: tractorman

Shame we got away from firing squads for treason, these problems would not necessarily be non existent, but rare.


19 posted on 02/20/2014 5:02:09 PM PST by DAC21
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To: mojito

When the head of the spies is spied on and blackmailed, you know we’re in trouble.


20 posted on 02/20/2014 5:06:15 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: mojito
I'm wonderin' if this CIA #2 was compromised by the NSA surveillance.

And, I'm thinkin' if he was, the NSA might have messed with a bigger dog than they could handle...along with the White House.

You're just not very smart to go after people who kill for a living.

21 posted on 02/20/2014 6:04:53 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: tractorman
The video excuse has vanished. Why isn’t anyone asking why?

It's vanished...because it can no longer be justified.

What I want to know is just who's idea was it? And, then, I want to know why. And when they first became aware of it.

22 posted on 02/20/2014 6:20:26 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: gaijin

Is he queer or just acts that way to endear himself with the administration?


23 posted on 02/20/2014 6:22:04 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (On a good day Slow Joe doesn't do anything incredibly stupid ... waiting for that first good day!)
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To: Always A Marine
If Saxby is truly outraged and really cares, he’ll issue a new subpoena and drag Morrell’s ass back before his committee to clear up the matter under oath.

As a member of the minority, Chambliss cannot issue subpoenas.

That task belongs to the Committee's Chair, Diane Feinstein...

24 posted on 02/20/2014 6:22:35 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: colorado tanker
Sounds like this is the guy who wrote the talking points.

Now, who told him what to write...???

25 posted on 02/20/2014 6:28:10 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: mojito

Would it be treason if Hillary and Obama knowingly provided support to the people who murdered four Americans? What’s the punishment for treason? Maybe that’s why Hillary is looking haggard.


26 posted on 02/20/2014 6:43:42 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: mojito

there have been so many provable lies during Congressional hearings yet no prosecution - why??


27 posted on 02/20/2014 6:44:08 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: mojito

there have been so many provable lies during Congressional hearings yet no prosecution - why??


28 posted on 02/20/2014 6:44:21 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: mojito
So what he lied. The GOP-DOPes will do nothing about it. They don't care about anything other than their jobs, benefits (separate and greater than mine or yours) and all the lobbyist money they can stuff in their campaign funds.
29 posted on 02/20/2014 7:29:33 PM PST by cashless (Obama told us he would side with Muslims if the political winds shifted in an ugly direction. Ready?)
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To: annieokie; penelopesire; maggief; Protect the Bill of Rights; thouworm; SE Mom; Nachum; onyx; ...

Benghazi ping.

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30 posted on 02/21/2014 9:44:42 AM PST by Republicanprofessor
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The only answer is criminal charge(s). Clapper. Berger, Holder, Clinton, Rice, etc... Everyone that lied under oath, charge them. Let them spent the time to refute. It will cost them money and political capital. The MSM can’t completely ignore actual charges.
Subpoenas are worthless if the info is already gone.


31 posted on 02/21/2014 10:57:40 AM PST by DrDude (Does anyone have a set of balls anymore?)
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To: DrDude

Scooter Libby went to prison for a lot less.


32 posted on 02/21/2014 12:13:48 PM PST by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: mojito
... was often highly misleading and at times deliberately false.,..

In flyover we call that 'lying' and if done under oath we call it 'perjury'...

33 posted on 02/21/2014 7:23:28 PM PST by GOPJ ( America's drifting into totalitarianism because the left's exploitation of social failures.Greenfi)
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To: GOPJ

You are so correct!!


34 posted on 02/22/2014 5:27:16 AM PST by OldEagle
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To: mojito
Posted for those of you out there who still care about high crimes and misdemeanors, you know, like perjury.

I do and Thank You!

Leon Panetta is that large figure standing in the corner. In the other even darker corner is an even larger figure who rarely is visible to anyone but Barack O. he is Ben Rhodes.....Barry's fixer, another of Barack's clandestine people and much feared for his fiction. Both men have a great deal to do with the web spun around Benghazi, both Obama and Clinton know about it.

Why would anyone ever trust Obama or Clinton for any reason again.

35 posted on 02/24/2014 7:51:29 AM PST by yoe
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