In a sickening development in the latest batch of released e-mails, it was revealed that senior aide to Hillary Clinton, Philippe Reines, became stage director for the first Benghazi hearing, scripting questions for the former secretary to help her have maximum emotional impact.
Clinton’s camp wanted specific topics covered at the start of the hearing and sent those suggestions to Democratic Sen. Robert Melendez, then-acting chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, who obliged. Reines wrote in an e-mail to Chelsea Clinton on the morning of January 23, 2013:
We wired it that Menendez would provide an opportunity to address two topics we needed to debunk (her actions/whereabouts on 9/11, and these emails from Chris Stevens about moving locations,)
As Fox News reports, “Right out of the gate… Menendez asked for Clinton’s ‘insights on the decision-making process regarding the location of the Mission’ [and] ‘can you also in your response, you touched upon it in your opening statement, but what actions were you and your staff taking the night of September 11 and into September 12?"
Right on cue.
Adding a layer of political slime, in Reines’ e-mail to Chelsea, he praised her mother’s acting abilities in a report about the first day’s hearing:
Very strong opening. She got very emotional when talking about the families… Her tone has been very assured, very strong. She’s on her game.
The moment so far was her choking up.
It’s interesting to note how much Clinton’s daughter was told about the Benghazi situation. Previous e-mails indicated she knew the attack was never based on an Internet video and was known to be Islamic terrorism from the beginning. Why is Chelsea privy to the truth but the American public is not?
The e-mails came through a Freedom of Information Act request of the State Department by watchdog group Citizens United, which has vowed to continue releasing them as they come in. The group says this latest chain “provides a rare behind the scenes look at which Benghazi-related issues the Clinton camp had concerns about going into Secretary Clinton’s January 2013 testimony on Capitol Hill, and what they had apparently plotted out beforehand with a Democrat committee member to deal with those concerns.”
Menendez’s office declined Fox’s request for comment, probably because he’s busy facing corruption charges in a separate manner, in which he stands accused of using his position to help push a friend’s business in exchange for gifts. Sounds familiar.
Clinton hasn’t responded to Fox’s request, either.
With every e-mail released a new layer of corruption is unpeeled. It’s no wonder Clinton wanted to wipe her servers clean.
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