1. Two “stand-down” orders were given while the Benghazi attacks were in progress.
2. The “protest” about a YouTube video was a complete fabrication by the Obama administration.
3. Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s lawyer at the State Department, told witnesses not to speak to House investigators.
4. The diplomatic personnel on the ground acted with incredible, unheralded heroism.
5. Democrats came to rebut the eyewitnesses with talking points.
Via the Daily Caller, the five most essential, damning minutes from today’s hearing. And Jordan does an expert job framing them. The money line, when Hicks is asked whether he’d ever been told before not to meet with a congressional delegation: “Never.”
I won’t slow you down with further comment. None is needed — except this: Cheryl Mills is no run-of-the-mill State Department apparatchik, even among the top tier. She’s been one of the Clintons’ right-hand men for decades. She worked in Bill’s White House legal office, then as counsel to Hillary’s presidential campaign, then became chief of staff at State when Hillary was appointed secretary. If she’s the right-hand man, what other conclusion is there than that Hillary’s the one who wanted Hicks to keep his mouth shut when meeting with Chaffetz?
One last point, per today’s theme of ghettoized media. As I say, these five minutes are obviously the biggest news to come out of today’s hearings (so far). Note that, then note tomorrow how many news outlets spend any time on them vis-a-vis other ancillary issues from the testimony. For instance, Politico’s lead story as of 2:45 ET is … “Benghazi hearing gets emotional.”
Update: As of 3:30 ET, Hicks just told the panel that he was “effectively demoted” after challenging State’s leadership about its handling of Benghazi. Of course he was. How else could they discredit him later?
Bryan Preston has been doing some great live blogging at PJ Media..
RCP has Dem Congressman At Benghazi Hearing: “Death Is A Part Of Life”:
My reaction on Twitter:
Cummings, “death is a part of life..blablabla.” What? Ugh…wrap it up…. #Benghazi
— Nice Deb (@NiceDeb) May 8, 2013
Some videos that have been made available: by Oversight and Reform, thus far:
ISSA: Our Goal in this Benghazi Investigation is to Get Answers
Rep. Lankford Q&A – Benghazi: Exposing Failure and Recognizing Courage
Rep Trey Gowdy Masterfully Asks Questions of Benghazi Witness Greg Hicks w/Beth Jones Damning Letter
At today’s Benghazi hearing, Hicks revealed he was told by State that he should not talk to Congressman Chaffetz. Lawyers from State prior to Chaffetz’ visit in Benghazi told Hicks not to speak with Chaffetz.
Michelle Malkin: Operation Smear Benghazi Whistleblowers
It’s on. As the White House grapples with a growing backlash over its Libya lies and lapses, President Obama’s apologists are gearing up for battle. Put on your hip-waders. Grab those tar buckets. Get ready for Operation Smear Benghazi Whistleblowers.
Whistle-blower Thompson told it was ‘not the right time’ for special FEST team to deploy in #Benghazi crisis