Hillary Clinton’s not the only one with dirty hands and a trust deficit on the Benghazi scandal.
When it comes to the deaths of four Americans at the hands of radical Islamist terrorists, President Obama, Leon Panetta, Ben Rhodes, Susan Rice and other high-ranking White House officials have played shell games with the truth, too.
And now, more than three years later, thanks to the methodical work of the bipartisan Benghazi House Select Committee, the truth is finally coming out.
In a news-breaking interview on Herald Radio’s “Boston Herald Drive” show, South Carolina Republican U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy discussed the conflicting accounts on whether a stand-down order was given to military assets nearby.
“There are witnesses who say there was one, there are witnesses who say there was not one. And I wasn’t there,” congressman Gowdy said. “So the best I can do is lay out what the witnesses say, and then you’re going to have to make a determination as to who you believe is more credible.”
General David Petraeus and former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and others have denied the stand-down order was given, yet three CIA contractors and other witnesses have said the opposite.
I then asked Rep. Gowdy about an email that has surfaced from former Pentagon Chief of Staff Jeremy Bash saying military assets were “spinning up” and available the night of the attack, ready to rescue our men — but they never got the go-ahead from the Clinton State Department or Obama White House.
Gowdy told me he would be asking those very questions to Bash.
“No. 1, did we have assets in the region that could have responded?” Gowdy said. “But an equally important question is, if the answer to that question is no, why not?”
Panetta has given testimony saying they didn’t deploy military assets to help our men because there wasn’t enough time to get them there. Which is implausible given that the terror attack and battle that ensued lasted for 13 hours.
Panetta’s statements also conflict with the Bash email saying assets were available and “spinning up.”
Gowdy said he’s also investigating allegations of a document-purging operation under Clinton. “These are very serious allegations,” he said.
The Benghazi probe is not over, despite Hillary Clinton’s attempts to put it behind her.
Adriana Cohen is co-host of “Herald Drive” 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays on Boston Herald Radio. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16.
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