Video: Bob Woodward Compares BenghaziGate to Watergate


Via Gateway Pundit, transcript via Weekly Standard:

But if you read through all these e-mails, you see that everyone in the government is saying, ‘Oh, let’s not tell the public that terrorists were involved, people connected to al Qaeda. Let’s not tell the public that there were warnings.’ I hate to show, this is one of the documents with the editing that one of the people in the state department said, ‘Oh, let’s not let these things out.’ And I have to go back 40 years to Watergate when Nixon put out his edited transcripts to the conversations, and he personally went through them and said, ‘Oh, let’s not tell this, let’s not show this.’ I would not dismiss Benghazi. It’s a very serious issue.As people keep saying, four people were killed. You look at the hydraulic pressure that was in the system to not tell the truth, and, you know, we use this term and the government uses this term, talking points. Talking points, as we know, are like legal briefs. They’re an argument on one side. What we need to get rid of talking point and they need to put out statements or papers that are truth documents. Okay, this is all we know.”

Take that White House spinmeisters:

Meanwhile, hacktastic Jay Carney on CNN, last night, proclaimed that the emails proved that the White House was right all along, and that Republicans were perpetuating a “faux controversy.”


Fox Nation: KRAUTHAMMER: White House Should Try the Truth …

Just hours into the Benghazi assault, Hicks reports, by phone to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton herself, on the attack with absolutely no mention of any demonstration or video, later to become the essence of theSusan Rice talking points that left him “stunned” and “embarrassed.” “My jaw dropped,” he testified last week to Congress.

But Hicks is then ordered not to meet with an investigative congressional delegation — the first time in his 22-year career he had been so ordered. And when he speaks with them nonetheless, he gets a furious call from Clinton’s top aide for not having a State Department lawyer (and informant) present. His questions about the Rice TV statements are met with a stone-cold response, sending the message — don’t go there. He then finds himself demoted.

Get the facts and get them out? It wasn’t just Hicks. Within 24 hours, the CIA station chief in Libya cabled that it was a terrorist attack and not a spontaneous mob. On Day Two, the acting assistant secretary of state for the Near East wrote an e-mail saying the attack was carried out by an al-Qaeda affiliate, Ansar al-Sharia.

What were the American people fed? Four days and 12 drafts later, a fiction about a demonstration that never was, provoked by a video that no one saw (Hicks: “a non-event in Libya”), about a movie that was never made.

The original CIA draft included four paragraphs on the involvement of al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists and on the dangerous security situation in Benghazi.These paragraphs were stricken after strenuous State Department objections mediated by the White House. All that was left was the fable of the spontaneous demonstration.

That’s not an accretion of truth. That’s a subtraction of truth.

House Hearing: Congress Begins Investigation into IRS Targeting Conservative Organizations (Live Blog)


House Ways and Means Hearing on the IRS targeting of conservative organizations, can be watched live on CSpan.


The Daily Caller: Republican senator: New IRS commissioner a “White House insider,” will do “absolutely nothing” to restore public trust

The Conversation: IRS Official in Charge During Political Persecution of Conservatives Now Running ObamaCare Office

The Conversation: IRS Tax Exemption Exec Was Richly Rewarded For Her Efforts

Peggy Noonan, WSJ: This Is No Ordinary Scandal

Twitchy: Unreal: Acting IRS chief whines that ‘targeting’ is a ‘pejorative term’ for agency’s harassment of conservatives

Gateway Pundit: PAUL RYAN Nails IRS Commissioner at Hearing – Progressive Groups Were Not Targeted By IRS (Video)

NRO: IRS Head Can’t Remember Who Was Responsible for Targeting:

Rep Kelly tore it up out there, today. He grandstanded a little, but the standing O he received was well deserved.

Ace of  Spades: 

Oh, by the way, he was also asked if he made any notes about these matters. Notes which could be subpoenaed.

His answer: “I don’t remember.”

And then later, this happened:


In no uncertain terms and with no hedging, The New York Times reports that the Obama administration was aware of the fact that the IRS was targeting Tea Party groups as far back as June of 2012. The Treasury Department’s Inspector General confirmed that he told senior Treasury officials in June of 2012, a full five months before Election Day:

The Treasury Department’s inspector general told senior Treasury officials in June 2012 he was investigating the Internal Revenue Service’s screening of politically active organizations seeking tax exemptions, disclosing for the first time on Friday that Obama administration officials were aware of the matter during the presidential campaign year.

We still don’t know for sure what the President knew or when he knew it, but this does confirm that the administration was aware of the fact that Obama’s political enemies were under fire by the IRS and covered that fact up during an election year.

As Lisa Meyers of NBC News told “Morning Joe” today, “Imagine if we — if you can — what would have happened if this fact came out in September 2012, in the middle of a presidential election? The terrain would have looked very different.”