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Oversight Committee Details State Department Efforts to Obstruct Benghazi Investigation...
Oversight and Government Reform ^ | July 11, 2014 | Darrell Issa

Posted on 07/11/2014 10:37:01 AM PDT by don-o

WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) today, in a 37 page letter to House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy, detailed State Department efforts to obstruct the Congressional investigation into the Benghazi terrorist attacks.

“In response to your request, I am providing detailed background information regarding the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s outstanding Benghazi-related document requests to the Executive Branch, as well as the status of any Benghazi-related production and compliance issues,” wrote Issa to Gowdy. “To be precise, the Department has not provided a full and complete response to two subpoenas, nor has the Department provided all documents responsive to many written requests. Moreover, the Department used numerous tactics to obstruct this investigation.”

Among the topics covered in the 37 page letter covering the Oversight investigation from September 2012 until May 2014:

The Committee’s early attempts beginning in September 2012 to obtain voluntary cooperation from the Department

The Department’s repeated promises to cooperate, but continued failure to actually meet requests

The Department’s efforts to hide important documents behind a talking point that it had made 25,000 pages available

The Department’s wasteful efforts to cart documents in and out daily instead of turning them over to the Oversight Committee

The Committee’s eventual decision in 2013 to issue subpoenas

The State Department’s refusal to make all documents made available to and created by the Accountability Review Board (ARB) empanelled and selected by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

State Department threats to destroy Committee property necessary for internal organization of in camera documents

Abusive State Department document redaction practices

Department unwillingness to cooperatively make witnesses available

State Department efforts to selectively withhold and produce documents to support a pre-determined agency narrativev Efforts to use the Justice Department as excuse for non-cooperation

Possibly illegal efforts to retroactively classify documents to prevent their release

Click here to read to full 37 page letter to Select Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy outlining State Department obstruction efforts.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: benghazi
Oversight Committee Details State Department Efforts to Obstruct Benghazi Investigation in 37 Page Letter to Select Committee
1 posted on 07/11/2014 10:37:01 AM PDT by don-o
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To: don-o

Jail the soldiers and they’ll give up the capos, jail the capos and they’ll give up the don.

Time to merge Issa’s and Gowdy’s committees under Gowdy and call it the impeachment committee.

2 posted on 07/11/2014 10:39:28 AM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Open Borders, pro-terrorist, Fast and furious, VA, Benghazi)!!!)
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To: don-o
I'm tired of the notices, letters, blah blah blah.. Meanwhile, the months and years tick by and no one is held accountable.

Issa is masterful at making we citizens think accountability is at hand. But, we know better.

3 posted on 07/11/2014 10:44:36 AM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: morphing libertarian

The letter is Issa responding to a request from Gowdy for a timeline.

4 posted on 07/11/2014 10:49:42 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: don-o

Does anyone know if Obama, Holder, Hillary Clinton and others in the current administration can be prosecuted for crimes after they leave office should the current investigations find their direct involvement, even if the investigations take years? I would rather see them prosecuted than just impeached.

5 posted on 07/11/2014 11:10:30 AM PDT by lilyramone ("Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.”)
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To: don-o

The State Dept works for the Moslem Brotherhood.

Yup. Not America.

What is the EXEMPT COMPLICIT Congress gonna do about it?

Anyone in prison yet? Any funding stopped?
Is there a femtogram of accountability?

No. No and ... no.

6 posted on 07/11/2014 11:31:24 AM PDT by Diogenesis (The EXEMPT US Congress remains COMPLICIT)
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